When you are travelling solo there will be moments where you feel alone and slightly homesick, which is perfectly normal! Every solo traveller at some point will feel alone and go through this so know that you aren’t alone, while this may not happen at the start of your trip it will occur so knowing how to get out of this slump and back to your adventures is a good thing to learn about yourself.
One massive way to help combat that feeling of being lonely is to go out and make some new friends check out this blog post for tips on how to make friends when travelling.
Now for my tips to help you combat feeling lonely when you are navigating your way around the globe.
Stay in a dorm
If you normally stay in a private room then switching to a dorm will massively help.
Straight away you will be pulled out of any isolation, finding it easier to meet new people and not feel as lonely. If the hostel you are staying at has different dorm sizes maybe opt for a bigger one with the chance of more people being coming in and out of the room compared to a smaller 4-bed dorm.
Force yourself to meet people
While staying in a dorm will be a massive help to this, booking on a group tour can also be a good idea helping you to meet fellow travellers but also the chance to possibly meet some locals.
Making yourself interact with people can be a massive help, after all, we need human interaction now and then.
Don’t book a return ticket
Just because you are feeling lonely and not having the best time in the world doesn’t mean that you get on a plane ride home.
Think about all the places you haven’t yet been too and will miss out on, when will you have the chance to travel to this part of the world again?
This feeling won’t last forever so don’t end your trip early over it.
Take a rest
Burning out at the start of the trip can happen a lot!
You arrive somewhere and go off on all these adventures but yourself, then a few days feel alone as you haven’t made any friends yet and want to do some activities with people.
Don’t worry you can easily make friends (here are a few ideas). However sometimes that feeling of loneliness can come from simple being burnt out, so taking a day or two just to chill at the beach or pool, take a stroll around the town, sit in a café and read a book, do the laundry and other small tasks you haven’t had a chance to do yet can help you in feeling ready for the next adventure in no time.
Avoid calling home
If you are struggling with being homesick, calling home may not be the best idea sometimes it can only make things worse, knowing yourself is important when it comes to these tips.
For some a phone call home to chat about the trip so far, come up with new places to visit discussing how you have been feeling down and using family to come up with an action plan for how to get back on top can be super useful, but for others, it can mean booking that plane ticket home.
Being aware of yourself and the situation for this one it can make things worse.
Move to somewhere new
If you have been in a location for a while try moving on, if there are things you still want to do look for a new hostel to change the sense or head to a different region, find yourself somewhere new to explore, people to meet activities to do.
Remember you will only have a certain amount of time to travel in so if you have seen and done everything you want to do in a region move on don’t hang around if you don’t need too.
Embracing the feeling and acknowledging it can be a massive help to combat that lonely feeling we all get from time to time when travelling.
Remember you don’t need to be doing a thousand activities a day it is okay to have rest and more chilled days just sat by the pool you don’t need to be the height of the party every day, we all need a rest sometimes.
But this simple acknowledgement can go a long way in helping in the future and helping you to understand yourself and grow during your trip.
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Enjoy navigating the globe