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Solo Travel: 17 signs you’ve had too much ‘alone’ time ;-).

When you travel solo you can do what you want when you want. Being alone, that independence, is one of the good things about solo travel. But can there be too much of this good thing?

So that you don’t go too far on the solo side of travel I thought I would write a lighthearted post on the subject. But every time I tried, it came out serious. Fortunately, my youngest son is quite the comedian. He just rattled these off.

I give you…

17 signs that you’ve had too much alone time.

1… You’ve gone about as far as you can learning the harmonica.

2… You’ve worn the same shirt across 3 borders but think: “well, it’s new to them”.

3… You step into a cab and “that smell” is you.

4… Your internal dialog becomes your external dialog.

5… You find deep meaning in country music.

6… When you finally find an engaging conversation, the only response you can muster is “uh-huh”.

7… You spend more then 20 minutes talking to your mugger – and he doesn’t speak English.

8… You catch a fish and find yourself just petting it.

9… Calling cards become a major budgetary item.

10… You pretend to be lost just to talk to someone.

11… You see Sudoku when you close your eyes.

12… You sleep in your clothes.

13… You go to the hotel lobby in your pj’s.

14… It takes more then 10 minutes to ask someone the time.

15… When you speak you only vaguely recognize your own voice.

16… Fingers become appropriate utensils for just about any occasion.

17… You’re so desperate to communicate in some way that you write a post for Solo Traveler.

That last one was a personal dig. “Sorry mom I couldn’t help it.”

If you find yourself exhibiting any of the above, it’s time to use some of the techniques found in these posts.


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  • Terence

    No ‘Deep Meanings’ in Country music? Sarcastic ignorance. Travel supposedly broadens the mind…

  • Wanderlust

    I remember when I did a bike trip alone (just for a week though) – I ended singing all the songs I know and telling myself all the poems I’ve ever learned

  • http://biomeddisposeit.com/ Sharps Containers

    This is the most awesome post.

  • DARA MARJI

    how did you find Jordan?

  • http://solotravelerblog.com Janice Waugh

    These are great Jaryd. Thanks so much for adding to the list. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Ausglobetrotter Jaryd Krause

    haha stepping into the cab and “that smell” is you – love it

    18. letting your facial hair grow and telling people that’s it’s usual length

    19. talking to people on facebook chat you never normally would

  • Bonnie J. Speeg

    What can I say, I also have a son named Dylan who does stand-up, and these tips sounded like my own inner voice (or well, I guess a son’s voice). Getting lost just so you can talk to someone would be a huge sign and I laughed out loud.

  • chriscr

    in the hotels in Jordan, whole families came to breakfast in PJ’s and slippers :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561041957 Alexandra Kovacova

    I go to my friends’ houses in pj’s, does that count too? :D

  • Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com

    So funny! Number 8 is so cute. :D I can relate with 11 and 12!

  • http://twitter.com/EriiSparrow Erin Nire

    10, 11 and 15 are all symptoms I’ve experienced once or twice on solo travels before!

  • Robertkho

    “you step into the cab and the smell is you!”…hahahaha LMAO! Been reading your post and wanting to take the leap to traveling solo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=651830050 Jada Novic

    lmao… very funny and unfortunately, true….

  • http://www.toptraveldestinationdeals.com/ subra mani

     A few points suits me also, nice points, Since most of the time i travel solo only

  • http://www.knok.com/fr/knoleskine/ Florine Foulon

    Love it, the 2nd one made me laugh so hard ;)!

  • FisterraTravel

    This post really makes laugh, after just finishing an extended detour back from Umbria to Amsterdam, I really like the one 

    2… You’ve worn the same shirt across 3 borders but think: “well, it’s new to them”.” I did take showers everyday, eventhough I was just using my own car and not a cap. :)I believe that all of the above can happen when not taking care of social activity while on solo travel.

  • solotraveler

    Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/IreneHaidner Irene Haidner

    Too cute …. I have always travelled with a partner but YES I could see how this is an experience. Love your post.

  • http://www.kohsamui-hotel.com KOhsAMuI

    You spend more then 20 minutes talking to your mugger – and he doesn’t speak English. This Cool funny read :)

  • http://spinsterscompass.wordpress.com Spinster

    That is absolutely hilarious!!!

  • solotraveler

    That’s hysterical! What an amazing story.

  • http://www.koh-samui.travel/ mr Samui

    “Talking to your mugger” – ha! I laughed out loud when I read that one. It actually happened to me once in Bangkok. When the guy realized how I had so little cash on me he took pity and we actually ended up going to his favorite noodle soup stand together. He thanked me at the end and even walked me back to my hotel for safety!

  • http://turkishtravelblog.com Natalie – Turkish Travel Blog

    Very good. I like the one about spending more then twenty minutes talking to your mugger. Not sure if that is as bad as petting the fish though. Good and funny read.

  • http://spinsterscompass.wordpress.com Spinster

    A few of those apply to me. Cool list.

  • http://steppinouttamyshoes.blogspot.com/ Pat Deese

    You’ve worn the same shirt across 3 borders but think: “well, it’s new to them”.

    Well it is NEW to them so what is wrong with that?

  • Connie

    This is really funny! And sadly, kind of true for me. “Dressing up” for me these days is changing into an actual clean shirt instead of one that could possibly pass for “clean” if you don’t get too close. =) Hmm, maybe it’s time to clean up my act a bit!

  • Kevin

    16… Fingers become appropriate utensils for just about any occasion.

    10… You pretend to be lost just to talk to someone

    These two had me LOL.#16 Especially when your in a third world country…

    #10 I’m a backpacker, I’ll know exactly where i am & where to go. But ask several Local’s directions, just to spark a chat & practice my “Spanglish!!”

  • http://www.jcdaydream.com James Cole

    LOL, I ticked off 7. 10 more to go…
    Nice post :)

  • http://www.travelyourself.ca Cailin

    That is indeed a pretty fabulous list!! I have definitely worn clothes repeatedly because “its new to them” haha and I am guilty of wearing my PJs in lobbies haha

  • http://Www.runawayjuno.com Juno

    Haha you made me LOL on my way work. :) how true!!
    Someone speak english, then I go “hm-?” hehe English is not even my first language :)
    nice list! :)

  • http://budgettravelerssandbox.com Nancie (Ladyexpat)

    Thanks for a laugh. Your son is very talented. Traveling solo since 1980, I relate to many of these :) I’ll be back to check out your links when I have a moment.

  • solotraveler

    Ok, there’s a real story there. Are you going to share???

  • Daniel

    “You spend more then 20 minutes talking to your mugger—and he doesn’t speak English.” Strangely, I’ve actually found myself to be in this position! Thanks for the great list—hilarious!

  • Alyssa

    Haha Oh no!

About Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt

I'm an author, blogger, speaker and traveler. I became a widow and empty-nester at about the same time. And then, I became Solo Traveler... Here's the full story. >>

Tracey Nesbitt I’m a writer, editor, food and wine fanatic, and traveler. On my very first trip abroad I learned that solo travel was for me. Here's the full story. >>

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