Getting out of town on your own may sound strange and even quite boring when you think about it. Yet, the truth is spending an extended period of time alone in unfamiliar surroundings can be an eye-opening and fun experience. There are so many things out there to do, see, and discover that boredom is the last word you’d used to describe your getaway. Need a little convincing? Check out these fun activities to try on your next solo trip.
You can learn a lot about a destination by visiting museums. They hold some of the most treasured collections and artifacts from around the world. A trip to a museum can teach you a lot about the history, art, and culture of a particular community. As you walk the halls you can discover things like an antique pocket watch worn by the pope or a vintage painting from Picasso. To see the beauty in these things and hear the stories of times past can connect you to the world in a way you’ve never experienced before.
Another great activity to try solo is going on a tour. Tours can provide a wealth of information on the history and culture of an area. You can take a city tour and learn about the history, some locations have beer tours where you can taste some of the best brews, there are even bike tours that take you through some of the country’s most beautiful public parks. Not only do you learn a lot from the tour guides, but you get the opportunity to socialize with other tourists which can add to the entertainment.
Go for a Hike
Being out in nature is therapeutic for so many reasons. It’s a time to clear your lungs as you breathe in the fresh air, unplug from reality (and technology), and just experience nature as it was intended. No matter where you travel to, there are beautiful hiking trails with picturesque views to take in along the way. If you do decide to go for a hike, however, be sure to select a popular trail and go during popular hours since you’re alone to be safe.
Treat Yourself to a Meal
You’ll never know how inexperienced your palate is until you’ve eaten cuisine from restaurants around the world. Experience the taste of the people as you indulge in the various spices, herbs, produce, and poultry from a plethora of cultures. If you’re not already a foodie, chances are you will be after a few solo trips.
Visit the Locals
Don’t just stick to tourist attractions and activities while on your solo trip. There are so many other things to discover right in the heart of these communities. Find out about local events such as street fairs, festivals, or outdoor concerts and mingle with the locals. You can learn a lot about their culture and way of life. Who knows? You might even make a friend or two.
There’s nothing like a little retail therapy to boost your spirits. Whether you go looking for new clothes, antiques, or gifts to take back to your loved ones it can be a lot of fun to just get out and shop uninterrupted.
Take Advantage of Your Hotel
You don’t always have to have a full day planned to enjoy yourself on a solo trip. In fact, many hotels are designed for their guests to have a good time without having to leave. You can pamper yourself with a nice bath, some candles, and curl up with a good book. Some hotels offer spa services where you can treat yourself to a nice massage and facial. You can even head down to the bar or restaurant and mingle with other hotel guests. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, go for a dip in the pool. You might be a bit apprehensive about traveling by yourself. When you take others with you figuring out what to do and staying entertained is a lot easier. However, this time to yourself can be just as fun. You now have uninterrupted time to experience things that make you happy, peak your interests, and help you grow as an individual. So, make the best of your next solo trip and give some of these fun activities a try.