Traveling on your own can truly be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. In fact, most people should probably do this at least once in their life, as it just has a way of teaching you so much and improving your sense of well-being in a way that persists throughout your life. But there are some definite downsides to lonesome travel, and one is that you are much more likely to feel lonely when you are doing so, or at least some of the time. So how can you stave off that loneliness? Here are a few key ways.
One of the main things you can do to avoid feeling lonely is simply to keep busy. The busier you are, the more likely it is that you are going to avoid that feeling altogether. Of course, there might be the occasional moment, but you can soon fill it with some more activity and carry on. The danger here is that you might end up simply trying to fill a void without looking at it directly, and that can never be healthy. But simply keeping busy is a good thing to do generally, and it means you are making the most of your trip too.
There is nothing wrong with simply calling someone when you feel lonely, and in fact it would generally be highly recommended as a way to ensure that you are not going to go completely crazy on your own. All you need to do is occasionally pick up the phone to your parents, your friends, or even a colleague. You might also want to use chat line phone numbers, which can be helpful for putting you in touch with like-minded people. However you do it, calling someone will definitely make you feel much less lonely.
Comfort Yourself With The Familiar
When you are feeling homesick, there is nothing quite as good for that as surrounding yourself with things that are familiar from your normal home life. Of course, you are not going to be able to pack all of the things you might be comforted by, but you should make sure that you have at least one or two of them so that you can much more effectively be comforted when you start to feel lonely. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make just having that one special item with you.
Finally, use this opportunity to be open-minded, and to meet with and talk with people. The more that you talk with people, the less lonely you are going to feel. One easy way to find people to talk to is to go to the tourist trap places, or even the bar of the hostel you are staying in, and simply strike up a conversation with someone. You’ll find that this helps you a lot in feeling so much less lonely while you are traveling on your own. You might even make some lifelong friends.