While many may dread the thought of traveling alone, there are some perks to this sort of adventure. For starters, you make plans on your own time and budget. No lingering, waiting for someone to chip in, or whatever else people do that often leads to over planning. And let’s face it, over planning has a tendency to cause stress. Though traveling with others can be a lot of fun, a trip alone can be just as enjoyable. Here are five tips to get you started:
1) As you board your plane (or ship), say goodbye to social media. Now, this doesn’t apply to everyone, but some people get so caught up in posting, they forget to look out of their airplane window and simply take in the view. Social media is a wonderful way to share your experiences with others, but if you’re not careful, you can miss out.
2) Socialize…with everyone. Talk to the cabbie driving you from the airport. Talk to other travelers staying where you’re staying. It may just be that you end up starting an everlasting friendship with someone abroad. You never know!
3) Don’t compare. As the quote goes, “Comparison is the thieve of joy.” So, don’t waste time comparing yourself to other travelers, or comparing your current destination to your hometown. Simply enjoy where you are now.
4) Document your experiences…through photographs and writing. Sure, it’s a good idea to stay away from social media, in order to thoroughly immerse yourself in the moment, but this doesn’t mean you have to shy away from documenting. On the contrary, the images and words you capture may help you feel like you’ve transported back once you return home. Vicariously living through your own experiences, so to speak.
5) Give yourself permission to disconnect from work and worries. You deserve the time off, so leave work where it belongs, and stop worrying. Worrying serves no purpose! With the right attitude, you can turn your next vacation into the kind of getaway you need and deserve!
Are you overdue for a vacation?