How to Cope With Loneliness While Traveling Solo

For some people loneliness when traveling alone may be a daunting challenge. Still, solo traveling is really an exceptional experience that you must try at least once.


It teaches how to explore the world rather than just clicking pictures with your friends. Traveling alone is an extraordinary experience and it gives another level of joy.


It is a lot different from touring with your group.


But if you have been on the voyage of traveling by yourself then you know how enduring that experience could be when you feel loneliness when you are on the other side of the world.


If you are a regular solo traveler or a new to this experience then you should know how to deal with anxiety and loneliness while on the tour.


Here are some tips to minimize the loneliness and have maximum fun.


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A windy pose on the Isle of Skye


How to Cope with Loneliness When Traveling Alone 

Pick the Correct Place to Stay


One of the most important steps to prevent loneliness on solo trips is to choose your overnight accommodation.


If you are afraid of not getting to know people on solo trips and feeling lonely, choose a hostel instead of a hotel room.


Here you shall have people around you and the feeling of loneliness cannot come up so quickly.


In the hostel, contacts, discussions, and opportunities often arise as a matter, of course, to continue traveling together.


But don’t put yourself under pressure if you don’t. Establishing contacts takes time, even when traveling.


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Trim Castle, photo by Ed Hannon


Do the Things You Love


When you are alone in a new city by yourself doesn’t mean you have to forget the things that you like to do in your free time.


As we said photography is a great thing but each person is not the same. If you love reading then you can read some good books whilst you are in train, bus or flight.


People who love games can play casino games 888 for example or movie devotees can binge-watch some movies or TV shows to kill loneliness.


Well, if you are a social media addict then post some photos of your day and when people appreciate them, you will really be cheered up.


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Having a Guinness in Ireland, go figure. Always a conversation to be had over a Guinness


Don’t Hesitate to Start Conversation


Always keep in mind that now you are on solo traveling and you are courageous as not everyone is able to do that.


So, while you are on the tour don’t afraid to spark conversation with other people whether you in train, flight, or bus or you are at some local places.


Interaction with new people would always fill you with the new energy and you will feel no alone.


Remember, random conversations with tourists and local people can give you some permanent friends and you could know some cool history from them.


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Keep A Travel Journal


By keeping a travel journal, we don’t mean just a blog. You may ask yourself. You can write about your experience in a diary or laptop.


It is just that you always have someone by your side who you can tell and trust everything you experience while traveling.


It doesn’t matter whether you do it online and thereby share all experiences with friends and relatives at home or just for yourself.


Just write everything from the soul.


If your writing is not your thing then you can get a recording device and keep a diary by storing your experiences as a sound recording.


Perhaps you are also enthusiastic about the idea of ​​a video diary? There are so many ways to capture valuable experiences.


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Develop a Love for Photography


Photos and traveling are like synonyms and that is why when you travel alone, your camera is your best companion.


Yes, even better than your smartphone. When you travel you always had in mind about the places you are going to visit.


Explore the locations and create memories to cherish them later and at night, when you are at the hotel or hostel, you can edit the photos and so you don’t feel alone at that time.


The time after dinner is the worst time when you travel alone do something you are passionate about and photography is the best passion for a solo traveler.


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Don’t Forget to Love Yourself


Always keep in mind that you are the most important and special person and that is why you are on this amazing experience.


When you see a group of friends or a couple, you may feel like you are a loser and alone in the world but remember no loser would embark on such an adventurous experience.


Treat yourself and enjoy every moment. When you feel alone in situations, utilize that time to think about some creative stuff that you want to do.


Remember the good time you had with your pals and laugh on those silly jokes.


Silence is the best medicine sometimes and it is really amazing when you don’t have anybody to make happy or sad.


Loneliness when traveling alone can be a downward spiral. But traveling alone can also be the highlight of your life.


With these tips, you are sure to have memories that will last a lifetime while discovering yourself to the fullest.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

1 Comments on this post

  1. Good tips Christina! I think a nice balance is helpful. I mixed in more social events and hostels in private rooms to get more social when needed
    I’m writing on this topic this week too –

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