When traveling alone, it's important to stay safe and enjoy your time alone, but don't let that stop you from getting out and meeting new people.
It doesn't matter if you're on the road for work or traveling at leisure – navigating an unfamiliar destination can be a scary experience when you're doing it on your own. While it's important to embrace the moments you have alone, there are other times when you'll miss having a companion, such as when flying on a plane or eating dinner for one at new restaurants. When you must – or choose to – travel by yourself, consider these tips for a smooth and enjoyable trip:
Among the main concerns for people traveling without a companion is safety. Keep to open and public spaces after dark, and turn to a police officer, public transit employee or your phone's GPS when you get lost rather than asking strangers for directions. It may be wise to look up instructions to your next destination within the city you're visiting before heading out the door to avoid looking like a confused tourist. This will allow you to avoid getting lost and standing in public reading a map or asking people to point you in the right direction.
Meet New People
While it can be dangerous to talk to strangers, meeting new people is a part of visiting a destination. Leave your hotel room and take a stroll through the airport hotel to a bar, lobby or restaurant where you can introduce yourself to other solo travelers. If you and a new acquaintance enjoy each other's company, you might ask him or her to join you on an outing, such as a trip to the museum or other area attractions.
Keep in Touch
When you're feeling lonesome and homesick when away, turn to your phone. Call your significant other or best friend to hear a friendly voice, or use social media to connect with your friends and family in your hometown. Skype can be useful for more intimate online communication.
Enjoy Your Time Alone
While meeting new people and staying in touch with loved ones can be satisfying and comforting, it's important to embrace the time you have to yourself. Many find that exploring a new destination alone provides a unique and more fulfilling trip. Without another person to distract you, you can truly experience the culture around you and learn more about yourself as you adapt to different situations and look within yourself for comfort.