TRAVELLING alone is in. It’s so cool everybody’s going to start doing it soon. I mean who needs a partner or friends when it’s so fun to be on your own?
If you’re new to it, I’ll tell you a secret – it’s not half as scary as it looks.
5 tips to turn a scary trip into a good one:
1) Talk to the locals
It’s easy. Just walk up and say hello. The worst that can happen is you’ll get ignored, or laughed at. The best? You could make a new friend and find out top places to go.
2) Embrace eating alone
The first time you eat alone it will be daunting, especially when you walk in and the waiter asks how many people are having dinner … and you smile as you mumble one. The first few times I ate alone I fiddled around on my phone, awkwardly pretended I had heaps of people messaging me, but then one night I challenged myself to go without my phone. I slowly ate my food, drank a couple of glasses of nice wine and watched everyone else. The more I eat by myself the more I notice that the waiters are happy to have a chat.. now I don’t mind at all to have a meal by myself.
3) Take plenty of photos and expect lots of selfies
You won’t have anyone else reminding you about what you did and where, the photos you take will be your best reminder. Believe me!!! Take hundreds of photos, take thousands! If you ask strangers if you can take photos of them they will often say yes, and you might even make a friend.
Another way to meet people- ask them to take photos of you -, but also you’ll cherish the memories when you look back upon them. There are only so many photos of sights, buildings, streets and people you can take until they all blur into one. It’s photos of yourself that will jump out at you in years to come.
4) Go wherever you want and do whatever you want
Even if it’s Paris, or Venice, or some other city that no one checks in at alone. If you’re single and dreaming of picnicking on baguettes and cheese in Paris, or whiling away an afternoon as your gondola “driver” weaves in and out of canals – just do it. Life is short and there’s nothing wrong with taking the experience and embracing it – alone. Try things you wouldn’t try at home . Whether it’s horse riding or scuba diving, if it’s something you’ve always wanted to do then go ahead and book it in.
5) Have fun
If you’re travelling, you’re probably seeing some pretty amazing sights and doing things that you might not have the chance to do at home. Just flow with it, relax and have fun.