Are You An Aspiring Solo Traveler? Mini Series - Part 3
Thank you so much for sticking with me throughout this series and I really hope with all of my heart the information provided has been helpful and has made you think that "yes I really can do this", take it from me it works I have traveled to almost 15 different destinations on my own but never alone because I always had someone there that I knew who would make me feel safe and ensure that I had an amazing time on my vacation.
Today we will discuss the final problem that you identified in the surveys and that is how to ensure that you learn something new and form lasting memorable relationships or friendships at your new destination.
When you get to your travel destination, you have connected with your friend who has offered to accommodate you, you go around with them and they show you their lifestyle, sights and culture you now need to ensure that you take something away from this experience and that you ensure it will be one of your most memorable travel experiences ever.
To do this you need to DO, do what everyone else around is doing, take part, participation is key. Dress like the locals, eat like the locals even speak like the locals if possible. Just be in the present and learn as much as you can. This is why I will always advise you to take a class, participate in a workshop or when offered accept the opportunity to take part. My final year of university my tourism class had a 4 day trip to amazing Cuba. I can't begin to tell you how amazing that trip was but I will tell you about how we made use of those 4 days and how much I took away from that trip.
Ofcourse we did sightseeing and bus tours as at all destinations, but what I remember most was our night out at a salsa club. This was a different experience than the touristic visit we made to the cigar factories or the restaurants and the other things we did because this was really mixing with the locals. We partied like true locals in their own authentic clubs and it was such an amazing experience, the music which was so different from what we knew, the dancing, the interaction. We had no choice but to participate and be apart of it all. We didn't know anything about salsa music, we didn't understand one word that was being sang but it was an amazing night out and thats what you need to do.
Put aside the I don't know how to and just be like "I want to learn how". No one is going to laugh if you get it wrong, no one is going to be upset that you just can't get it right. The locals will be so happy and proud to show you what they know and really impressed that you want to learn from them. Take the opportunity to learn a skill, I learnt to do a little salsa dance with the masses, you can learn to cook a dish or play a traditional instrument, whatever it maybe go at it with gusto.
Forming lasting and memorable relationships depends on you. If you have interacted with someone on this journey constantly, you have connected in some way or another, similar interest and hobbies, why not keep it going, why not exchange contact details. In this world of social media you can definitely stay in touch. Unfortunately in my days of solo traveling, social media was not as popular and I have lost contact with tons of people that I have met on my journey but I will always remember the part that they played in my experience.
There it goes those are my absolute top tips to overcome 3 main frustration and fears of traveling as a solo woman at a new destination. I really hope you enjoyed the journey with me and that you would consider what I have said for your own journey. But before I close this series I do have 1 other thing I wanted to show you and it's my strategy for putting it all together. Putting together the 3 tips that I have outlined into one memorable travel experience.
My next email would be me showing you my strategy of having the absolute best solo travel experience of your life!!! After this you will no longer be looking for company to go with you on your journey, you'd be looking forward to the next trip that you can take when its all you, your confidence would be sky high and your excitement to complete this journey would be overflowing.
Hope you've enjoyed my series so far and please stay tuned for the final link of putting it all together.