How to Never Feel Lonely when Traveling Alone

You don’t have to feel lonely when traveling alone. Here are my top six tips.

Be Opportunistic, Be Spontaneous

Traveling alone means you needn’t make compromises for others. So take advantage of this! Ask yourself what you really want to do and do it. Whether this is relaxing on a beach or dancing salsa the whole night, you’re free!

Keep an Open, Active Mind

Some of my best travel experiences have happened by chance. For example, once arriving in Cairo alone at night, a man started talking to me as I crossed the highway. Deciding to get a mango juice with him in a cafe opposite, we exchanged Facebook details and I was invited out to dine and party with his friends later.

Use Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing is a great place to meet people and find a place to stay for free! Using its app, you can meet people in three ways. You can send users messages to meet up or be hosted, go to local events and even use their “Hangouts” section at anytime in the day to meet other travelers and locals.

Go to events and classes

Attending events and classes means you’ll both be able to explore an interest and meet other people. With apps like Meetup, Fever and Eventbrite, you can see events from meditation classes to start-up workshops. You can even find local events with Facebook, use PartyWith to find people to party with and of course dating apps like Tinder, Happn and Bumble. 

Use Hostels

Hostels can be a great too. But beware. Clientele varies. For example, hostels in tourist spots in Southeast Asia may be more likely to host a young crowd up for partying all night whereas other, less-notorious places such as Cluj Napoca in Romania may have guests with more varied profiles. Consider this before making a reservation!

Be Cautious

Trying something new usually feels a bit uncomfortable- it can be scary knowing it may change you. So calculate your risk. Usually, if I feel 80% sure I’ll be ok, I’ll do it. Of course, I haven’t always been right and others’ risk levels vary. But either way, it’s good to accept responsibility for yourself and always take precautions to make sure if something goes wrong, you have a backup. When in this situation, telling others you trust where you’re going and who with while limiting alcohol intake are good measures to take. 

Annie Lennon

Writer with an insatiable curiosity for people, facts and places. Currently interested in learning more about making our way towards a blue economy.

8 thoughts on “How to Never Feel Lonely when Traveling Alone

  • December 1, 2017 at 18:02
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    I remember my first trip alone and it took a lot of courage to go out and talk to other people and be social. These are great points!

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  • December 1, 2017 at 20:34
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    Great post! I like how you can be as alone or as socialable as you like when you’re on the road 🙂

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  • December 2, 2017 at 05:41
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    I work remotely and travel alone . Though currently at my friends house where I have been for 4 weeks but I am off again on my travels next week, solo. Feeling nervous and a little nervous again though super excited. Do love reading your website. Thanks

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  • December 2, 2017 at 16:27
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    It’s so scary to travel alone but you’re right, it does open so many opportunities. You’re almost forced to say Yes to everything and really take chances!

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  • December 3, 2017 at 16:37
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    I love traveling solo but I feel like these are great tips (and explanations) for how you’re never really alone when you travel alone. :] Thanks for sharing.

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  • January 16, 2018 at 09:11
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    Beautiful Couchsurfing experience I met fantastic people with open minds real travelers. Traveling is living. Annie is an example for everyone.
    Excellent advice

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