Travelling solo has always been prejudged as depressing and lonely. Mention to someone you’re going backpacking to Europe solo and you immediately get the frown and this, “But why? What are you going to do there alone?”. I’ve had this reaction from some of my friends for quite some time now, but it never bothered me. It bothered me though that to them going solo is lonely.
But the thing is it doesn’t have to be. The success or failure (or boredom rating) of your solo travels, depends on you. It is up to you if you’re excited to get out of your comfort zone and see the world or if you’re just going for the heck of it. To make the best out of your solo travels, you don’t have to do much. You only need to do 3 things! Three!
Get off the internet.
First thing you do when you check in to your hotel or other mode of accommodation? Get the wifi password from the guy receiving you. Then you check in with your family back home to let them know that you’ve arrived. But that’s it. Go offline and get out the hotel. Go out there and see the new things around you. You didn’t come a long way just to stay cooped up inside your hotel. Grab your camera and take a photo walk. There’s an incredible world out there, just waiting to be discovered.
Leave the judgement to the judges.
Or better yet leave it at home. Never bring it with you when travelling. One beautiful thing about travelling, be it solo or with someone, is discovering another world other than your own. Open your mind and let the locals teach you something new about a thing or two.
Use your 5 senses.
Observe around you, observe the local market, their food, their colors, their music. Go to a local restaurant. Taste their local food and delicacies. Talk to the locals. More importantly, listen to their stories. Play with their children. Take pictures with them. Deep dive into their culture. Blend in.
That’s all it takes for you to make the most out of your solo travel. Simple isn’t it? I assure you, after following these steps, that when you get back home, you will have awesome stories to share. Much more than what your photos can tell.
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