Slowly but surely it is approaching that time of year, the cold air gets warmer, the warm air gets hotter, the skies get clearer and the cities, towns and countries you wake up in change.
It is also that time of year when you’re trying to get a few friends together to go somewhere, sometimes it works out but other times it doesn’t; no one can take the time off, other holidays already booked, friends would rather go somewhere else, and you catch yourself in a situation where you have no one to go with, maybe this happens to you a lot and maybe you tend not to go on these holidays because you don’t know what to expect if you go alone.
Well HOWL is here to help you with 5 simple tips to better travel alone this spring/summer 2016.
1. Go To Bars Early
We know this can go against every instinct in you (early to the bar?), but this is one of the best and first things to do when you’re travelling alone and want to meet locals and make friends.
By default most bar tenders are talkative and are happy to have someone to chat to at the bar before it gets too busy, this is a great opportunity to build a connection with the gentlemen or lady behind the bar. Ask them about the neighbourhood, about recommendations and ask them about living there. Trust me when the bar start filling up they’ll have your back, and no better person to introduce you to other people than the person in charge of the alcohol.
2. Say “Hello I’m Foreign”
Ok, maybe not actually those words as an introduction but maybe why not actually. Introduce yourself as out of the country and just trying to have a good time and meet some people before you leave, locals always want you to remember their county or town as a great place you tell your friends about, they love to convince people that there’s nowhere better in the world than where they call home.
Strike up a conversation with a few people sometimes and watch them make an effort to show you a good time.
3. Take A Group Class
I did this one for the first time recently when I travelled alone and loved it!
Take a group class, preferably something active, you might even be put in groups for, it’s a great opportunity to meet people and gives you something to talk about, maybe something you’ve never done or even something you’re already pretty good at, you could have people come up to you and ask for advice afterwards. Don’t be afraid to keep the conversation alive and Segway into asking them what they’re good at and maybe you can join them next time they go do it “I’ve always wanted to try skydiving” J
4. Take Public Transport
I do this one all the time, especially in countries with a decent public transport system.
The first few times you might feel a bit disorientated, but once you get the hang of it, it’s such a great feeling, and just wait till you have someone ask you for directions and you know exactly where to point them, nothing makes you feel more like a local.
Taking public transport does a few things, saves you quite a bit of cash not taking taxis everywhere and does the job of keeping you alert to your surroundings, you notice a lot more things and places you might not of known existed there, more things to explore.
Finally, you should rest. For one or two days when you do nothing like you would at home.
Watch some local television, relax, cook, feel at home, you don’t want to burn yourself out; plus at this point if you’ve followed all the above steps well enough, you might have a few friends to invite over for a beer or head over to theirs for a BBQ.
Take this time to recover from the first few days you’ve already had, and prepare you for the next.
Have fun traveling alone and see you out there!