A couple of weeks ago I took up swimming. Within minutes I was doing the crawl easily yet I don't know the last time I swam this way. I'm sure it's been decades. The explanation is muscle memory.
Muscle memory applies to intellectual and emotional skills as well as physical. As I swam, I thought about this and the skills needed for solo travel.
5 Muscle Memory Skills That Are Great for Solo Travel
- Your Smile – You have a smile that will open doors and hearts. Use it liberally.
- Conversation – You are good at conversation — even if you're not good at small-talk. Use this talent to engage people and stay connected as you travel solo. Simply exercise your curiosity and ask questions and you'll soon be conversing with locals and other travelers. Very often we have our most profound conversations with complete strangers.
- Observation – You have incredible powers of observation which you've been honing your entire life. What you observe coupled with your experience allows you to assess situations quickly. This ability will help keep you safe as you travel solo. (Don' forget to read the safety section of Solo Traveler as well)
- Orientation – Your ability to orient yourself physically in a space is being developed every day you enter a new part of town or a new building. This same skill will help you navigate as you travel solo. Whether you orient yourself using a map, landmarks, an innate sense of direction… you have orientation skills.
- Reflection – Your ability to stop, look, listen and reflect is in development – as it is with all of us. Encourage its growth. It presents one of the great treats of solo travel.
These are all skills that everyone has to one degree or another. If you don't think yours are adequately developed for solo travel, you can work on them in your own home town. Then head out solo.