Loneliness is the major drawback of solo travel. Regardless of how you look at it, there will be instances you will feel loneliness. But, you don’t have to feel isolated. You can beat loneliness when traveling alone and have some fun. Here are some of the things you can do to beat loneliness when you travel alone.
Befriend People at Breakfast
When you leave your hotel room in the morning and head out for breakfast, be positive about the people you meet at the table. Don’t sit at the corner and have breakfast alone. Instead, be open-minded and start a chat with the people you find there. Even if you don’t find other travelers there, talk to the hotel staff.
Breakfast is a great meal and having it with other people is amazing. Therefore, consider booking accommodation at a hotel where you won’t have it delivered to your room. This will give you a chance to talk to other people and start friendships when traveling alone.
Have Lunch and Dinner with Other Travelers
Perhaps, you’ve met another traveler that is exploring the same travel destination with you. If you have different itineraries, you can organize to have lunch together. You can also plan to go for dinner together. To make your conversation casual, include some drinks in your interactions. This can make you feel less self-conscious.
You can even go out to a bar or club where you can have dinner and some drinks with other travelers. However, do this when certain about your safety. Your safety should always be a priority when traveling alone.
Join the Neighborhood
Loneliness should motivate you to interact with the people in the neighborhood. Instead of just sitting in a restaurant or café watching TV, take your time to walk around your neighborhood. Find out more about the local people and what they do for a living. Learn their way of life and history.
Traveling alone shouldn’t be a lonely experience. As long as you’re open-minded, you will engage in activities that will make your solo travel more enjoyable and fun.