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Solo travel has developed into a hot topic. Unlike “single(s)” travel, it’s a broader group. It can include individuals who are single, married or employ a partner/significant other. It may be an organization person trying to add a leisure weekend or extension with a trip for work. Two stumbling blocks to solo travel is usually: I. be it lonely to vacation being a “party of one” and ii.whether eating alone, especially dinner, is very uncomfortable.
Now having visited 68 countries and all of 50 states, I have found 5 good strategies to go alone without feeling you happen to be “going it alone”.
1. River Cruise and Small Ship Cruises
I suggest river cruises and small ships. They are especially a fantastic fit to get a first time solo traveler. However, also, they are great for well-traveled solos by 50 percent cases. That is where destinations like Cambodian boat villages aren’t otherwise an easy task to reach. Secondly, they work effectively in places where security is a problem.
Here are definitely the key attributes of such river and small ships for solo travelers, they:
-Give you time alone but a gaggle for tours and meals
-Can be competitively priced when compared to some piecemeal approach
-Make unpacking a one-time chore
-Work well with land packages
-Often have discounted package pricing including flights
2. Select your personal lodging, and take day trips.
Here would be the key features of this independent approach, it:
-Affords you the possibility to select your own personal interests and travel style.
-Provides more possiblity to interact with local residents.
-Gives a “day-off” as it’s needed.
-Works using a range of budgets.
3. Combine each of the above approaches.
I really favor this strategy when I travel. On solo travel for 17 days at New Year’s, I toured Southeast Asia. I started which has a private taxi tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I then joined a top-notch Mekong River Cruise to Vietnam. On the last leg, I had five days in the 5-star hotel in Bangkok. In my last stop, I tried all 3 means of sightseeing: 1. A large bus tour 2. A private guide and 3. Self-directed subway tour.
This blended approach puts you from the driver’s seat and:
-Will help you set your personal course while being liberated to pick and choose
-Gives that you part-time list of travel mates but in addition time alone
-Makes it possible to check out a budget (or splurges) tailored as to the works for you
4. Sign up ahead for any class abroad.
This happens to be very popular cell phone cooking classes in France and Italy. However, for many years, language classes abroad have lured students for short-term or full summer programs. Add to that methods of photography classes, skiing and diving.
Here will be the key benefits to this strategy.
-Provides you having a ready-made group
-Gives a local contact to listen for what not to miss away from the tourist path
-Make it possible for connecting with classmates for meals or sightseeing
-Results in providing local contacts in the emergency
5. Join a volunteer group or exchange program.
I did this twice. My first trip out of your US was at 18 joining 5 other girls on the summer YMCA project in Trinidad and Tobago. It was the obvious way to learn about day-to-day life overseas and be involved in community activities.
The benefits were endless. They included:
-Meeting local residents not in the typical tourist path
-Seeing distant and quite often more unusual destinations
-Providing volunteer efforts to communities than could possibly have experienced rental destruction or other hardships.
If that you are new to solo travel, have a look at each of these options. You will be surprised how slow solo travel will give you the chance to make new life-long friends from worldwide so that you feel you might be solo to more!