Solo travel is for the confident and to build confidence.
Just because one is shy doesn’t mean that one is not confident. I am a case in point. I am, by nature a shy person. But I am also a confident person. I like quiet but I’m also a social being. Respecting the fact that we all want everything, I give you 5 tips to allow you to solo travel in silence and 5 more to get you engaged socially when you travel alone.
5 Tips to solo travel in silence
- Go places where solitude is respected – parks, galleries, museums.
- Look lost in your own thoughts and don’t make eye contact with people.
- Dress or act a bit weird. If you’re odd people are unlikely to approach you.
- Turn your back to the room in coffee shops and restaurants.
- On a tour, position yourself just outside the crowd.
5 Tips to solo travel socially.
- In a safe place, pull out a map and ask directions or ask someone to take your picture.
- In a restaurant take a picture of your food. People will definitely look. Comment that it is how you record your journeys. Many people will engage in conversation.
- Go on a tour where you will be with the same people for a few hours. You may find your travel mate for a few days.
- Use the lobby, common room or lounge of your lodgings to meet people. Don’t read. Watch people and enjoy the scene. Eventually something will happen that everyone can enjoy and comment on.
- If you are staying in one place for a while, go to the same coffee shop, green grocers or restaurant consistently. You’ll be noticed as a new regular and people will eventually chat with you.
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