Solo Adventurer? The Ultimate Way to Vacay

There a many perks to traveling alone: waking up whenever you want, dining wherever you want, visiting must-see attractions — or none at all. Besides freedom, traveling on your own only enhances the sense of adventure to your trip. Ready to embark on your next journey? Here’s how to identify the endless solo trip possibilities to help pick your next best getaway.

Address Your Fears 

A possible hesitation about traveling alone is that you’ll get bored or be lonely. So, if you’re a first-time solo traveler, why not head to a bustling city? That way you can always find something to do or someone to talk to. Bars, restaurants or anyplace with communal tables are good places to start.

Conversation starter: Mention how beautiful the day is. Then ask for suggestions on what to do in the area.

Santa Fe Spirits Distillery/Tasting Room located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Santa Fe Spirits Distillery/Tasting Room located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Find Your People

Seek out your interests by looking into an organized activity and planning your trip around it. If you’re dreaming of the outdoor adventure, why not try a bike tour where you can take in the scenery. You’ll learn more about the area, connect with people who share similar interests, and add some structure to your day.

Eat Like a Local

Garduño's at Old Town Breakfast Burrito featuring red and green chile

Garduño’s at Old Town Breakfast Burrito featuring red and green chile

Eating fast food or anything familiar is tempting. Try not to do it. In fact, fancy and unique dining establishments are excellent places to dine alone. Let your waiters know you took a special trip just to eat at the restaurant and ask them what they recommend. They may also know other cool places to check out.

Take Photos

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico - Photograph by Troy Lim, Your Shot

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico – Photograph by Troy Lim, Your Shot

Making photography a mission may defeat the purpose of living in the moment. However, if you notice interesting details about the places you visit, why not take a snap of it? Your friends back home will appreciate your perspective and the unique story attached with it.

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Bring Backup

Whatever trip you ultimately decide to take, bring a plan B list with the names and addresses of good museums, sights, restaurants and hiking/biking trails that didn’t make your original itinerary. You want these to be activities you can fall back on just in case of bad weather or if you have extra time during your trip.

Pro tip: If things don’t go as planned, embrace the moment. Every part of your trip will make for a great story you can tell on your return.

Do you have tips for traveling solo? Share it with us in the comments below!

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