While traveling solo definitely has its ups and downs, it’s also full of growth, learning, and discovery. If you want to make the most out of your time traveling solo, then I recommend these 10 things you should do every time you travel solo. Don’t forget to snag your free Paris, London, and New York checklists at the bottom of this post!
1. Learn four new words
It’s always a good idea to learn a few new words before you embark on a solo trip. Make sure you learn the necessities: hi, please, thank you, bye. Those words will go a long way! Plus now you know four new words. If you already know those words, try four more!
2. Do something spontaneous
Though I happen to be an obsessive planner, I always leave one day in my solo travels to do something spontaneous (which sort of defeats the purpose, I know). It can be anything from walking the streets and getting lost, to seeing a movie alone or just staying in and watching tv.
3. Buy something to remember your trip
I don’t buy as many trinkets now that I’m older, but I always recommend buying one small item that commemorates your trip. It’s always good to make it something meaningful too. I recommend hitting up the local flea market and buying some old jewelry, or something to thoughtfully add to your home!
4. Make a new friend
Make a new friend on your solo adventure, even if just for a second. Say hi to someone or start a conversation at a restaurant with another couple. I’ve had loads of conversations with other people on my travels and it always makes me feel less lonely.
5. Treat yourself
This could be a fancy dinner or a beautiful pair of shoes you’ve been wanting (psst, European designers are generally cheaper in Europe). I try to find one thing that I want to treat myself to while I’m away. After all, you deserve it!
6. Make a meal
There’s nothing like a little night in spent cooking in a foreign country. Now, this is infinitely easier if you’re in an Airbnb, but you can always grab some items from the store and have yourself a picnic in a nearby park as well.
7. Photograph yourself
It’s not vain, I promise you. What’s a person supposed to do when there’s no one there to take your photo? Don’t feel stupid or narcissistic. Photos are a great way of looking back and reminiscing, and you deserve to give that to yourself no matter what anyone else thinks.
8. Take a tour
Had to throw in the obvious! Always try to take a tour while visiting another city. It’s honestly one of the greatest ways to meet people, learn about history, and just let loose and laugh (tour guides are generally fun people).
9. Do something challenging
“But Emily, is it not challenging enough just traveling solo?” Most of the time it is. But for some experienced solo travelers, sometimes you still have to find ways to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Believe me, it will help you to grow so much!
10. Use the public transit
Using public transportation is the best way to get to know a city. It’s also the cheapest! Do not be intimidated by the lines and directions. Stay calm, google what you need to, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you want an activity that will help you grow and make you more independent, public transit is the way to go.
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