Travelling solo is fun and there are benefits you can gain from it. However, there are also the downsides too and one of them is feeling lonely. Travel alone can make you prone to feel lonely because don’t really have anyone to company. Also, not everyone is comfortable talking to strangers especially when they are alone because they feel more vulnerable. Yes, letting strangers know that you travel alone can out you in vulnerable position sometimes.
Tips to not feel alone when solo travelling
Choose your transport well. If it is possible for you to reach your destination by train then do it. Many travelers find trains more social compared to plane for example. The setup can give you more opportunity to get socialized with other passengers. There are usually people who travel in group consisted of family or friends. They are fun to talk with and they even often invite solo travelers to join lunch or dinner.
Choose your accommodation
Usually, hotels are less sociable so the opportunity to sociable and mingle with other is very small. Instead of hotels, you can book a room in hostel or B&B. they usually have common rooms you can use to meet other travelers and have a cup of tea together. Join communal tables for breakfast and share stories with other travelers you meet there. So you don’t have to eat alone all the time.
Seize the day
Make the most of day tours you take while travelling. There are times when you like to spend time alone. However, there are also times you feel like you need to meet with other people and socialize to feel less lonely. Then, you can join an evening tour for example during your trip. There you will meet new people you can talk to and get to know with. Who knows maybe you can even make friends for life.
Talk to strangers
Small talk with people you meet might not be your cup of tea but you there is always room to improve. You can learn how to talk with strangers. Socializing even just by simply have a small talk with strangers is challenge for introverts. However, you ca learn how to do it and gain more confidence to do it well on your own.
Join a class
Take a class during your trip can help you meet some companies. If you travel alone for short period, there is very little chance for you to feel lonely because you spend your days doing many things. However, it can be different when you travel for long-term. There will be times that you feel lonely and need companies. Hence, taking a class to learn something new in a place you visit can be a whole new experience.
It is also suggested that you go local when you travel alone. Go to local coffee shops, diners, or even flower shops. Be friendly with the locals to build trust and connection with them. They will slowly notice you as regular and treat you like one of their friends.