Traveling as a person who doesn’t interact with other people very often can be stressful. On the one hand, you want to be left alone and enjoy your time away from home and work, but on the other, you know that other people are as much of the experience as everything else is.
So what’s an adventurous introvert to do?
Here are the top tips to help you make the most of your solo trip!
Travel With Someone You Trust
You wouldn’t look at real estate for sale in Whistler without someone you trust, would you? If not, why not invite someone who understands you to travel with you? They don’t have to be your best friend, especially since most introverts end up befriending someone who’s their social opposites, and this can cause head butting during travel. Instead, look for someone you know who doesn’t drain you a lot to hang out with and ask if they’d like to go with you. Make your intentions clear from the get-go so nobody misunderstands them. Traveling with someone you don’t know so well but who gets your socialization levels is better than traveling with a good friend who will leave you drained for the whole trip.
Join Groups For Solo Travelers
There are several dozen travel groups that focus solely on going traveling alone together. Be careful not to sign up for a singles trip accidentally, but outside of that, it’s fun to pick out solo travelers’ trips! You could pick a vacation based on that one niche interest of yours you don’t tell many people about, and by the end of the holiday, you’ve learned the entire history and future of that hobby!
Attempt Countries Where It’s Okay to Go Solo
There are some countries where it’s almost encouraged that you travel alone to get to know it. New Zealand, Span, and Italy are the top-ranked countries for solo travelers because of the country’s friendly locals and small footprint. In these nations, it’s okay to go alone, and you won’t have to feel like people are bugging you about why you traveled alone.
If you’re unsure whether your dream trip is a good fit for this, dig around on forums like Reddit, or check YouTube for vlogs for solo travelers like you. Doing some research can help make up your mind.
Push Your Comfort Zones Occasionally
Although being an introvert can be a large part of your personality, it’s okay to push your comfort zones a little. You don’t have to go sing karaoke or attempt to befriend everyone on your plane, but you should work on making remote connections with people. Introverts are a global thing! Some countries have restaurants that are for ‘dining alone together where you can enjoy a quiet meal with a stranger, or you may have to turn to a hostel when sleeping to save money. Think about what suits you best, and then try something new.
If it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay! You can always move on and still enjoy your trip in comfortable silence by yourself.