I like Travelling alone. In theory, travelling with company makes more sense. But the problem usually is to find the right travel buddies. Or if you do, always the calendar will clash and the trip will always remain just a plan.
While travelling alone, you won’t have to wait for anyone, have to adjust the things you want to do. Moreover you have the luxury of staying as long as you want enjoy the beauty of a good spot you just found.
I consider myself to be an ambivert. I need to balance my alone time and social time. from trial and error, I learned that three or four days I could go on without social interactions. A typical trip for me would be a week or week and a half. I love wandering around. So a certain portion of the day I keep to myself to go exploring and the evenings usually I go out with the likeminded friends I’ve met along the way. I did manage to meet a few great friends in my days of wandering.
One of the main mistakes I did the first time I travelled abroad is not getting a data connection, like the ones from providers like matrix, for my phone. A good internet connection could be your best friend while in new places. It lets you find nearby attractions, great local food joints and give you directions even if you don’t speak the language well (it also lets you ask for directions in local language). Once I had to pay a good amount for a 4km cab ride in the night just because I didn’t know the directions.
Although many travelers may disagree with me here, I find the concept of hostels to be really sensible. It’s basically like a layover for travelers. Since I only use the stay for getting some sleep, I usually wont prefer to spend on expensive hotels.
Ahem.. this may not apply to everyone, but when I can, I try to travel on weekdays. Mainly because weekends, most places and restaurants will be crowded or booked out. also if you are getting over a relationship, seeing all the happy couple may not be the thing you would want.
I try not to cram all the activities and spots into limited period of time. Trying to cross off things to do or places to see would feel more like an obligation rather than an enjoyable experience. For me, it would ruin the whole trip. I won’t treat a place as a once in a lifetime destination. I know I will be back to see and experience all in my own comfortable pace.
I won’t always give first preference to the popular tourist destinations as it would always be overcrowded. If I do, I will go exploring very early in the morning and stay out till noon, light lunch and relax a bit till I go out again in the night with good people I’ve met along the way.
Even though I feel like to just be in the moment, savor the experience, it’s always good to take some time to capture a good frame or collect souvenirs. It’s a wonderful feeling to later sit back and look through all the pictures or souvenirs and reminisce.
Pack as light as you can, carting around the luggage in airport or between stays are a truly tiring experience. But not too light so that you will only have one pair of change. it could be an inconvenience to wash the cloths by hand in the middle of a trip (though most hostels and hotels provide washing machines)
More than anything, I give value to the small things. While in Venice, I had picked up the most delicious sea food sandwich and a locally brewed fresh beer. Just sat on sidelines of the grand canal and enjoyed the serene sunset.
I try to explore new things with good company. Things I normally wouldn’t do. This ensures that I expand my horizon and am not entirely living in my own comfort zone.
Travelling alone could be a hard thing to do at times. But I think the peace you find for yourself makes it all worthwhile..