It’s 2018, so why do some people still find the idea of a solo vacation weird? Going on a solo vacation gives you a chance to have some real time to yourself, do everything you want to do, be on your own schedule, and feel rejuvenated upon returning home. These days, having nobody to go on vacation with really isn’t a big deal. Hey, even if you do have people to go on vacation with, that doesn’t mean you should turn your nose up at the idea of going on a solo vacation. They can be far more beneficial than you’d believe!
Here are 20 fun ideas for your solo vacation:
Find The Perfect Vacation Spot
If you’re going to have the best time on your solo vacation, you need to make sure you find the perfect vacation spot. Depending on how long you’re traveling for, this could mean finding multiple vacation spots and flying/driving/sailing from place to place. It all depends on you. You’ll still have a great time whether you’re traveling for 2 weeks alone, or 2 months. Here are some great ideas for solo vacations:
- Portland, oregon
- Rio de Janeiro
- Cardiff, Wales
- Melbourne, Australia
There’s something for everyone out there depending on the sort of place you want to visit. You could even choose to go to a retreat, such as a silent retreat or a yoga retreat. Make sure you’re excited about your upcoming solo trip!
Take A Solo Tour
If you sort of want to travel alone but you’re in two minds about it, one of the best things you can do is take a solo tour. On a solo tour, you’ll be with a bunch of other solo travelers, visiting the same places and doing the same things. It’s up to you if you want to make friends on your solo tour; it can be as solitary as you like. Being with other people can give you peace of mind for your first time traveling without anybody you know.
Meet Other Solo Travelers
Let’s say you travel alone but you still want to meet other solo travelers. By choosing the right kind of accommodation, you can usually meet plenty of them. You’ll often find solo travelers in a hostel, but there are so many more ideas for vacation accommodation. Just keep an eye out for other people like you; usually, they’ll have a book or a camera in hand and be alone a lot of the time.
Ask For Help
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it. The chances are very slim that you’ll ask the wrong person, and you’ll make your trip so much more enjoyable. You might even get some tips and advice on the area that you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Locals can be really helpful and friendly.
Dress Like A Local
If you don’t want to attract too much attention to yourself while you’re out and about, it can be a good idea to dress like a local. This can be fun, if you head to a market or a little store in your first few days and buy items you’ve seen local people dressed in. Of course, somewhere like Australia this idea isn’t going to work that well. However, if you’re visiting a place like Asia you can make the most of this tip. You don’t want to wear lots of jewellery and carry valuables with you everywhere you go. Dress modestly and enjoy not having the attention on you. If you are visiting a place with a different culture to yours, it might be best to make a few amendments to your appearance before you go. If you don’t want people staring, for instance, having blue hair isn’t going to help.
Learn A Few Phrases In The Local Language
Learning a few phrases in the local language can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you to have a much better time. Learn how to say hello, maybe tell people a little about yourself, and how to ask where the toilet is, to be on the safe side.
Don’t just wait for people to start conversations with you. Start conversations with them. It can be a great way to avoid feeling lonely when you’re traveling – you never know who you might end up talking to and who you might make friends with! Get out of your comfort zone and speak to people, even if it’s just to smile and say hello.
Go Off The Beaten Path
While you should remain safe and sensible, you could go off the beaten path for certain excursions and discover things you didn’t even know existed. What’s the fun in going traveling and only doing what other people seem to do when they visit the same place? Don’t feel obligated to do this. Do exactly what you want to do – this is your trip, nobody else’s.
Try A Hop On Hop Off Tour
Hop on, hop off tours can give you a feel for the place you’re visiting in no time, and you can get off whenever you like for refreshments or to explore further. This is a wonderful way to get your bearings in a place you’ve just arrived in.
Short on cash? Want a more exciting experience with fun stories to tell? Try couchsurfing. There are websites that allow you to find great hosts – all you have to do is read their reviews and choose to stay with somebody you feel comfortable with. Couchsurfing doesn’t cost you anything, which is great for your budget, and your host could be really helpful.
If you want free accommodation but you don’t want to stay with any strangers, how about house sitting? You might get to look after their pets for a little company, too.
Join A Free Tour
You should be able to find free tours based anywhere you’re visiting. You could find yourself exploring parks on bikes and ruins on foot in no time. You can cut out at any time, so there’s no commitment at all.
Take A Book Everywhere
Make sure you take a good book with you everywhere you go. You never know when you might get stuck in a long line, or end up waiting a long time for your food. You might even just want to signal to other people that you’re on your own.
Take A Break From Technology
Taking a solo vacation is the perfect opportunity to take a break from technology. Of course, you should still stay in touch with people back home who may worry about you. You don’t want them calling the local embassy! Providing you’ve arranged a time to check in (Skype is a great way to do this if you find a good internet cafe), then avoid using the internet. Use your technology for taking pictures and not much else.
Start Your Day Early
When you’re alone, you don’t have to wait for anybody else to wake up and get ready. This means you can start your day as early as you like. Try starting it earlier than you normally would, and get out there before other people have even left their beds. You’ll get way more done, and the sense of peace is amazing.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
To grow, you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. How can you get out of your comfort zone this trip? Maybe you could go snorkeling, to do something you never thought you’d do. This doesn’t mean you should accept rides from strangers or do anything risky – just surprise yourself with how brave you can be.
Create A Loose Itinerary
Creating a loose itinerary helps your solo trip to feel a little more structured, which is what travellers need sometimes when they don’t have anybody with them or anywhere to be. You can break away from your itinerary if needs be, but at least you’ll have an idea of what you’re doing and when. You’ll be glad you made one when you’re at your destination.
Download Apps To Aid Your Journeys
There are so many apps that could help you on your travels. Download maps apps, translation apps, and other apps that could save you if you get lost or need help.
Learn To Like Yourself
Going on a solo vacation is the perfect opportunity to learn how to like yourself. Most people don’t like the idea of going on a solo trip because they aren’t used to being alone, and many are scared of what they’ll find out. Learn to like yourself by doing things you want to do, reconnecting with your likes and dislikes, and doing some serious introspection.
Start Saying Yes
Met a few friends on your trip and they ask you to go skinny dipping? Say yes. Ok, maybe don’t do anything you’re uncomfortable with with people you’ve just met, but you get the idea. Saying yes can sometimes bring about the most exciting situations of your life!