Solo adventures can be exhilarating but a trip between destinations can be a total drag. Thankfully, you can arm yourself with distractions and make necessary preparations to make the experience significantly more bearable. If you want to make an effort to enjoy your own company a tad bit more, here are some tips on how to make your solo trip easygoing.
The entire world is connected and it’s nigh impossible to imagine life without the internet. It has become so integrated with our digital devices and, to be perfectly honest, our lives, that you must prioritize finding hotspots and accommodations near your destination that boast the best possible signal. It is simply the most convenient way to stay informed about the new location, in touch with important people in your life and, crucially, to have all the necessary services after just a few taps.
Pack as light as you can
Bare-minimum packing should be your credo if you are traveling alone. If you are about to be stationed at a single hotel throughout the entirety of your vacation, a singular carry-on with a backpack should be enough. If your vacation is supposed to stretch out for two weeks or more, find accommodations that offer laundry services. With lighter luggage, you’ll feel a lot more flexible and able to venture on adventures and be unpredictable. It also lowers the chances of getting robbed and it is highly unlikely you will lose a document or another important item.
Travel with a playlist
Technology allows us these days to turn our entire lives into a musical. With finest wireless headphones around our heads, we can turn the majority of our solo trip into a playlist adventure. You just need to prepare before the vacation by creating several substantial playlists that are appropriate for the trip at hand. However, it can also be an eclectic assembly of songs you adore, or a fictional podcast you’ve always wanted to listen to, yet you never go around to it.
Read a book
As George R. R. Martin wrote in A Dance with Dragons, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies […].The man who never reads lives only one.” Books undoubtedly augment our spirit, and reading on vacation is an especially wonderful treat. It is like a double whammy of enrichment – you are enjoying a new experience on page and in real life.
During long and solitary bus rides, train journeys and boring flights, you can sit back and relax with a hefty tome of a book that will keep you invested in a whole new world. You can easily avert your gaze from the printed intrigue if the view gets interesting, but as a pastime, it is at least as legitimate as listening to music. However, don’t get hooked on a book too hard during your travels. You are there, after all, to sightsee, savor and feel the new surroundings.
The greatest way to break up the tedium of traveling solo is to engage in conversations with other travelers. On the one hand, this is a tricky option if you are not sociable or adept at conversations – it can actually drain you of energy, which is counterproductive to the very nature of vacation. However, if you consider yourself a social butterfly, creating connections and meeting people might be the best decision of your life. Friends that you make during your travels can prove to be invaluable sources of inspiration and further adventures.
Solo vacations open up a world of possibilities for you. They add a level of flexibility when it comes to schedules and tours and this freedom can be particularly welcoming if work has blown all your fuses and you just need a time-out. Traveling alone can also be a good opportunity to meet new people, forge friendships and maybe even enkindle a promising romance.