May 23, 2017

Loneliness and How to Avoid it || Solo Travelling

Travelling solo does have a few negatives to it. The sense of loneliness can creep up along the way which can sometimes leave you feeling a little on the downside. Obviously you will feel lonely at some point on the journey but there are ways to avoid it as much as possible.


Distract yourself by staying occupied

Sitting and staying inside at your accommodation will not help the feeling of loneliness, it will make it considerably worse. If you find yourself with a few hours in the day to spare, take a walk around, go shopping, find new friends at your accommodation and make plans with them. There's nothing worse than finding yourself stuck at your accommodation with nothing to do and no one to talk to.


Choose hostels for your accommodation 

Hostels are the go to accommodation option for travellers because they're cheap, sociable and travel-friendly. This should be a no-questioner for you if you're travelling solo, especially if it's your first trip, as you'll likely meet people within 5 minutes from arriving. The social atmosphere all around will never leave you feeling lonely. There is always something going on in hostels and someone always around to talk to, even if that is staff, they're usually just as, if not friendlier and welcoming.


Make friends with fellow travellers 

You're not alone in this. There will be other travellers making this journey alone which you'll bound to run in to along the way. Take this opportunity to connect with one another and join forces. I'm not saying you have to be best friends with them but take a day tour out or have dinner with them in the evenings. You'll be surprised with the amount of travellers you meet along the way. Even at airports you are likely to run into someone and get a conversation going.


Try new experiences/take part in tours

Step out of your comfort zone and try new and unique experiences which you hadn't even thought of going before. Fill those gap of doing nothing in your travels with endless fun and more adventures. It will end in a good storytelling and you probably won't be feeling lonely during these times.

Have you ever felt lonely on your travels? How do you deal with it?

6 responses to “Loneliness and How to Avoid it || Solo Travelling”

  1. Josie Brownlee says:

    This is perfect for me thank you! I'm going travelling later this year and am really nervous for feeling lonely and getting home-sick and these tips are perfect for keeping that at bay, I know I'll feel it but just want to have methods to reduce/deal with the feeling! ThanksJosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • Abigail West says:

      It is quite common to feel that way, I was terrified initially but as soon as my travels started I was fine and met lovely people so it didn't allow me to think of it at all. Abs x

  2. Lauren - Explore a Corner says:

    Awesome post and great ideas. I would recommend always taking details for people you get along with really well, also travelling alone. You never know,your travel plans may sync up and you can have a travel buddy for a short period if you like or just arrange to meet up for an afternoon to catch up.It's also fun to keep up to date with someone else's travels and share yours with someone other than friends and family back home (they simply don't appreciate your stories the same way someone else backpacking does!). You could also get recommendations for later in your trip. 🙂

    • Abigail West says:

      Ah yes, it's common for you to exchange Facebooks, I did that and met up with a few people again after a few days of going to different places. I completely agree, it's great to share advice and tips. Abs x

  3. Siobhan Fuller says:

    I've been considering travelling on my own for a while but the fear of being lonely has been part of the reason why I haven't yet. I definitely need to reconsider though – I hadn't thought of looking at hostels, which now seems a bit ignorant of me. I've stayed in one before and the atmosphere was so chilled and friendly! One of the benefits of travelling alone is probably the fact that you can change your plans to fit with the new people you meet there.

    • Abigail West says:

      It's just the flights where I was completely alone and that was it, I never really felt lonely in the 2 months I travelled. I guess it just depends how you go about it. Hostels are great for meeting people too, I can't think of any other option I'd choose whilst travelling alone. Abs x

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