You’ve been thinking about getting away for a short vacation for a while now.  You have good ideas about where to go and what to do.  Maybe something exciting and active, with some sports or exercise on the agenda.  Only problem is, none of your friends are available to go with you.  You’ve never traveled solo before, so the idea is a bit intimidating.  But once you’ve done some research and see that many people travel alone, your confidence will blossom.  Traveling alone can be awesome, and everyone should try it at least once!

 

Advantages

For starters, you won’t have to make every decision by committee.  You can be selfish for once and decide when, where and how to go on holiday when traveling alone.

  • You won’t feel pressured to choose something too expensive, or too economical, because that’s what your partners want.
  • You don’t have to wait for everyone else to get ready, when it’s time to leave your room.
  • You don’t have to plan your meals and activities according to everyone else’s sensibilities.
  • You can focus on your own interests, and things that are most rewarding for you.
  • Meet new people and make friends around the world.

 

Start with a Retreat

Picture your version of a grown-up summer camp and find out of it exists somewhere in the world. Head to a wellness retreat for the best mix of relaxation, detoxification, healthy eating and fun exercise.

Short holiday retreats are the perfect way to break the ice when traveling alone.  For one, the level of commitment is much lower.  You can try a 3-4 day excursion, at a low cost, and it doesn’t have to be on the other side of the globe either.  If you live in Canada or the U.S. for example, you have lots of choice among the best vacation spots in North America.  Besides that, you know in advance that many other like-minded people will be waiting when you get there.  No chances of wandering the streets alone, unsure of what to do and feeling bored or isolated.

The accommodations, activities, and even meals are researched for you.  So you know you’re headed for something fun and enjoyable, and there’s no chance these haven’t been tested before.  The retreat vacation portal –a type of broker– selects them very carefully in advance. Just read about the values practiced by Team Retrigo.

 

Safety Concerns

If you’re worried about who will have your back when traveling alone, don’t be.  A combination of common sense tips for travelers, preparation, and technology should keep you out of harm’s way.  This is especially concerning for women traveling alone, and we discussed that in our blog about Female Solo Travel in March of 2018.  Have a look at that and see how the world is smartening up, with the result being a safer travel environment.

 

Other Tips and Ideas

Using social media while traveling.There are a growing number of social media-based apps that can connect people away from home. This a great way to meet like-minded individuals, find new adventures, check in for your family’s peace of mind, and chronicle your journey.

Eat with locals, where the locals eat.  This way you don’t fall into overpriced tourist-trap restaurants, and the food will be more authentic to that country.

Join group excursions and tours. If you don’t want to feel completely alone, sign up for these mini trips with other travelers around you. This is a great way to explore the local attractions safely, while meeting new people to share the experiences with.

Take a class in something completely new.  Expand your mind with something that you’ve never heard of, or perhaps you’ve always wondered about.  The local way of doing things will likely blow you away.

Embrace your alone time. Remember there was a reason you decided on traveling alone. Walk through the city to take in the sights and sounds on your own, without listening to friends’ questions or a tour guide’s speech the whole time.

Connect with nature.  Allow yourself to get lost in your thoughts as you hike through a forest trail, up a mountain, or sit on a beach watching the waves.  Alone time here is very meditative and therapeutic.

 

 

 

Interested in traveling alone but don’t know where to begin? Ask the experts at RETRIGO. Contact usfor more information and expand your horizons today!

 

About the Author: Sal Ragusa was born in 1976, and has lived half his life in Toronto and the other half in Montreal, where he currently resides. His comical and sometimes profound Social Media Posts are all the rage among his followers, and after years of being told that he should share his writing skills with the world, Sal has decided to bring his works to market.