Solo Travel: Exploring New Cities Like A Local

Monday, May 22, 2017


Solo travel has been increasing in popularity over the past few years as many young adults and Millennials are using it as a chance to go off and find themselves. Many popular Hollywood movies such as Wild have also helped to drive this new travel trend. Even though it is incredibly fashionable to go off on a vacation all on oneself, lots of people still seem very daunted by the whole prospect of being on their own in a new city. Are you intrigued to find out how you can combat the potential loneliness? Here are some top tips that will help you explore your travel destinations like a local!

Shake Off Your Fear Of Solitude

One reason why we are all so scared of being alone if because we are told that we should be sociable as much as possible. But, as a matter of fact, there is no shame in doing things solo! So it’s a good idea to try and shake off your fear of solitude and get used to hanging out with yourself. Then, you won’t be quite as nervous about doing things on your own when you get to your destination.

All Aboard!

There are lots of ways you can make new friends while you are traveling. One really cool idea is to join up to a platform such as Rideshareapps, which gives you the chance to look for people to team up with on your journeys. You just log in and see if there are any local drivers who are traveling to your destination. You never know, you might make friends for life with the people who you ride share with!

Don’t Stay In Hotels Or Hostels

You will find that other guests in hotels and hostels will have their own itinerary and will be happy enough to go off and do their own things with the group they have traveled with. Sure, you may strike it lucky and find someone who you can befriend, but this is quite rare. You will have a much better chance of finding a buddy to go off exploring with if you stay in an Airbnb room. This gives you the chance to stay with a local in their own home. It’s a good idea to invite them out one night so you can get to know each other a bit, and you might really hit it off. At the very least, your Airbnb host should have some really good recommendations for restaurants and things to do.

Don’t Forget Your Guidebook

Many people think that guidebooks are very old fashioned. They much prefer to find out about hidden gems online. However, a guidebook is invaluable to the solo traveler as it will be a hive of information. Plus, there will be lots of recommendations in it about things that are good specifically for solo travelers. Don’t forget that you might not have the Internet on your smartphone in a foreign country, so always carry a guidebook with you just in case!

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