Are you also dreaming about what it would be like to go away on your own, to travel alone for the first time? Here are my top tips for you, if you’re eager to try it for yourself.
Try to travel alone!
I know that for many, traveling somewhere alone can feel like an impossibility, something they don’t have any desire to do at all. And if that’s the way you feel, its probably not for you. However, if you feel, even in the slightest, that it would be exciting and cool to try it out. Maybe you’re even a little curious about the idea, what it would feel like and so on? Then I definitely think you’re ready to go!
Traveling yourself doesn’t have to be about going to the other side of the world to backpack for six months. A weekend is enough and you can choose a place that is fairly close by. This way, you can try out whether or not traveling alone suits you and perhaps later on, you can embark on longer adventures. For me, two and a half days was right for me to start with, which I felt before, during and after the trip.
Make a list of things to do
One of the worst things about being alone is you get struck with restlessness. Then suddenly, it becomes much more obvious that you’re alone and time can feel like an eternity. Therefore, before I left, I checked out all the things I wanted to see during my trip. Everything from restaurants, museums and shops to clubs, bars and attractions. Then I made a rough plan of what my days would look like, which I pretty much stuck to. But that’s also the best thing about traveling alone: if you don’t want to stick to the plan, you can do exactly what you feel like! If you want some inspo, check out my tips for Copenhagen!
Meet others who travel alone
Going on your own is not as weird as you think and if you want, you can easily meet others who are doing the same thing. One of the easiest ways to do this is to choose accommodation based on how you want to travel, I stayed at a hostel. Hostels often arrange activities during the day and they usually have plenty of open spaces where you can hang out and get to know new people if you want. If you’re staying for a longer period, it’s a perfect way to find a new travel buddy or maybe just someone to have dinner with in the evening. Hostelworld is one of the biggest booking sites for, well, hostels.
Bring a book!
The loneliest situation for me was in the restaurants and bars. Not always in a negative way, but eating out is very much based on social interactions around the table. My best advice to this is to bring a book! Of course you can do some surfing and scroll your Instagram feed, but it gets a bit stiff and boring (besides, I didn’t wanna know if my friends were having fun at home…). I prefer the wonderfully cliche feeling of sitting alone in a bar with a drink and reading a book in a foreign language.
Be open and ready for new impressions
Since I didn’t have someone to share all the experiences with, in some way, I think that made me experience everything much stronger. Suddenly it was just me seeing and experiencing the things happening around me. It made me more open to things and created a new need to document my journey in pictures and notes. Spend a lot of time alone gives you time to think, about big and small things. Which is so useful but I think you need to be in a good mood to really enjoy it.
Finally: Be brave and Enjoy!
Before I left, I thought: what’s the worst that can happen? And yeah sure, nasty things can happen, but it’s often the same things that can happen at home. However, there’s lots more to gain from daring to go and in retrospect, I don’t regret anything. There’s something wonderful about only sharing your impressions yourself. Going exactly where you want to go, for a whole day without anyone objecting. You can take as many and as long detours as you want. Choose to have dinner for three hours or just sit on a bench and study people for a while. Enjoy your own company, the new places and the fact that you actually did it!