If you are new to holidaying solo, then you will feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins at the very thought of a city trip in Europe on your own, let alone a far-flung destination. Whether you are a seasoned solo traveller or not, there are many ways to make your next solo trip exciting. We have compiled just a few tips for you here.
5 Tips to make solo travel more exciting
1. Planning your trip
The thrill starts with the planning! If you have chosen the city or country you wish to visit, careful planning is beneficial if you want to make the most of your time there. Think about what you want to find out about your destination – do you want to see all of the sights or are you into the arts, history or nature, or is it more important to you to learn about the culture and its people?
There is a wealth of information available online so do some reading and planning. If itineraries are not your thing, check out the free city tours available in most European cities. They are a great way to start your trip, get your bearings and get to know other travellers.
2. Familiarise yourself with the language of the country
How about a language crash course before you set off? Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to order your favourite pasta in a Roman Osteria in Italian rather than trying to convey your dietary requirements with hand gestures and little drawings?
Being able to ask and understand directions is a great way to meet people aside from its practical use. Your efforts to speak the local language will be widely appreciated and you will find out so much more about the people, the culture and the country when you are able to have little conversations with the locals! You might even be invited into their homes or strike up a special friendship on the way.
3. Somewhere different to lay your head
You like a bit of luxury on holiday and you can’t live without 5-star comfort? Forget about creature comforts and book a small B&B, friendly hostel or Airbnb. Those are often run by families who pride themselves in their personal service and will go out of their way to show you around and give you the best insider tips on where to eat, shop, how to get around and which local sights are worthwhile visiting.
Or why not stay somewhere extraordinary? Have you ever stayed in a treehouse, an igloo, a remote castle or a lighthouse? No matter where you are headed, there are often quirky types of accommodation that are solo friendly and can make for a truly exciting stay.
4. Plan an activity outside your comfort zone
Have you always wanted to try something daring such as bungee jumping, skydiving or paragliding but never had the time or courage to actually do it? Look into what is on offer at your chosen destination and book before departure. That way, you won’t back out and will have something super exciting to look forward to. Best of all, you will come back exhilarated and proud with the footage to prove you’ve done it! &
5. Seek out other solo travelers
There are many ways of ensuring you have company on holiday. Chatting to other travellers you meet en route, speaking to locals and booking activities that involve socialising all help. There are even apps that connect backpackers or let you see what other travellers in the area are doing.
If chatting up strangers is not your thing and you are worried about organising everything yourself, you could opt for a group holiday. This will take some of the stress factors away and you can rest assured that there are like-minded people there to share daytime adventures with and reminisce over dinner and drinks in the evening. There are group holidays available for those who share an interest such as hiking or biking or solo holidays which are specifically aimed at those single travellers.
Don’t forget that the best part of traveling on your own is that you are the one calling the shots. So you can make as much of your trip as you wish, there is no one stopping you!
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