I, like many many others, find solo travel to be empowering, freeing, and an amazing experience. But I wasn’t always a solo traveler. I “worked my way up” to it. And when I finally booked my first solo trip, I used the months leading up to it to practice solo travel. I used the same techniques and strategies this article covers. Practice makes perfect, and I want your first solo trip (and all your solo trips after that!) to be as perfect as possible!
Plus, practicing traveling alone is one of the ways to Become A Confident Solo Traveler.
So here is how you practice for solo travel!
Plan Trips For Family And Friends
The logistics of planning a solo trip aren’t that different from planning a group trip. I would say planning a solo trip is easier than organizing a group trip because you only have one person’s preferences and thoughts to take into consideration.
So next time your friends or family are taking a trip (even if you’re not going!), offer to take the lead on the planning process. If you can plan a trip for a group of people, you can plan a trip for just yourself.
Planning trips for others still gives you the “security blanket” of your group to look over and confirm your plans, and it helps you build confidence and practice planning for your own solo trip.
Do Solo Activities On Group Trips
I visit my sister several times a year. I fly by myself and do day trips or city excursions while my sister is at work. Then my sister and I do things together in the evening. Doing solo excursions on a group trip is the perfect way to practice planning and doing activities by yourself. This can be as simple as going to the beach while your group hangs at the pool. The only way you’re going to get used to being on your own is by doing things on your own. So next time you’re on a business trip or visiting a friend or family member, do a couple of activities on your own to practice for your future solo trip.
Practice Being Alone
One of the most common fears people have about solo travel is being alone in public. It can feel very unnatural and uncomfortable if you’re not used to it. And the only way to overcome this fear is to change your mindset.
Start by doing things like walking tours or pub crawls by yourself in your hometown. Then head to the nearest city that’s not your hometown and do some more activities like these by yourself. Then keep doing this until you feel more at ease being alone in public.
You’ll probably have to use public transportation when you travel. So practice navigating public transit by yourself in any cities that you visit between now and your solo trip. This will also help you overcome your fear of being alone in public places.
Travel With Other Solo Travelers
I know the pain of waiting around for someone to be able and willing to travel with you. But if you’re not ready for a solo trip, then don’t keep putting your travel on hold. Travel with an organized group tour.
This type of tour lets you travel while you’re still practicing for solo travel. Plus, you’ll get to spend time with and learn from other solo travelers, which will be great for your confidence. A group travel option like this is also great for experienced solo female travelers who want to visit countries that aren’t as solo-travel-friendly as others.
Eat By Yourself
Dining alone can be a huge mental block for future solo travelers. So take yourself out to lunches and dinners by yourself in your hometown. Practice sitting and eating alone at a variety of places – coffee shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, etc.
Find mealtime entertainment. When I’m traveling solo, I use my meal times to study or plan the next day’s itinerary and go through the (many many) photos I’ve taken. I also love to people watch!
When you practice eating alone, plan your solo trip, or bring a book to read, or a journal to write in. Find whatever it is that will make you comfortable eating alone. Because while street food and grocery store meals will keep you from starving, they won’t let you experience the restaurant culture in new places.
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