Last Thursday, Tracey and I hosted a Twitter Chat on solo travel.
We came up with six questions and posed them over the course of an hour. The result was a vibrant discussion of what people like best about solo travel and what they like least, where they've traveled solo and where they plan to travel solo. A number of tips for solo travelers were also shared.
We weren't far into the chat when I thought that the many tips should be shared on the blog as well. So here you go, highlights from the Twitter Chat sponsored by the TD Aeroplan Community. Our thanks to them for supporting Solo Traveler.
Oh, and the title of this post – it's comes from a tweet by @AllyMacDee. I could not have said it better myself.
Best part of solo travel
@HayoMagazine: The best part of solo travel is the freedom to do whatever you want, when you want and how you want.
@CanadianLife13: You get to do things at your own pace. No one to rush or slow you down.
@petfriendlydigs: No arguments about dinner! (esp when I travel w/o kids cuz then I don't have to find a place w/ pizza or nuggets!)
@mcnuttsc: Everyone should solo travel once in a while to relax&refresh! You might get to know yourself better!
@ShannonLGilstad It's almost like a retreat to me. It's relaxing and reflective, but at the same time I test myself.
@CharlesMcCool: Flexibility: where, when, how, how much, how often, etc.
@Jessisawanderer: Travelling solo means you're flexible, open to meeting like-minded others and forces you to get out there to try new things
@thetinyl: Probably doing things at your leisure. No other people to have a say on your schedule. See what you want, when you want.
@11kerco: Meeting friendly locals and then sense of accomplishment for figuring things out on your own.
Tips for solo travel newbies
@AllyMacDee Be bold, unapologetic for your solo state. And revel in your grand and glorious independence
@philatravelgirl: Just go! Don't listen to the naysayers
@OutlanderAbroad: Be open to meeting random strangers – you'll only be solo if you want to.
@Jessisawanderer: Just go for it, you'll meet others like you and if it goes wrong you can always fly home again. You never know if u don't go
@ShannonLGilstad: Be friendly but cautious meeting new people. Don't let naysayers prevent you from doing it. Also, hostels are your friend!
@petfriendlydigs: Embrace the adventure & talk to everyone. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make friends.
@HayoMagazine: Believe that you can make it happen! 🙂 Savings, Visualization & A Positive Attitude 😉
@TravelPunter: Read reviews of fellow travelers on hostels/hotels UR staying, keep local embassy, police numbers on speed dial
@map_happy: Don't get too attached to travel plans. You never know who you'll meet or what ideas will come up!
@thetinyl: Getting out of your shell and making new connections when you're somewhere new and unfamiliar.
@OutlanderAbroad: My tip: don't miss out on a travel opty waiting on a friend to join. Just go. It's not so scary 🙂
@jennsaidthis: Just go out there and follow your dreams. I did and I met the most wonderful person whilst doing so.
@Aeroplan: Embrace the layovers as well. Take the opportunity and go explore a city you might not otherwise have visited.
@OutlanderAbroad: Always be aware. Don't be so distracted by maps & apps you become a target.
@philatravelgirl: Safety over cost – I don't worry if I spend on taxi rather than bus if feel safer
@jennonite: Embrace the connections you make, even (especially) if that takes your trip in a different direction.
@TravelAlerts: Know the pedestrian laws and customs of your destination. Traffic lights and crosswalks can be very different!
@CharlesMcCool: Pack light, less stuff to keep track of (or miss when it disappears).
@mcnuttsc: Always be aware of your surroundings when exploring an unfamiliar area. Study maps & talk to locals.
@jennsaidthis: Let someone know at home your plans. Check in with them so they know you're safe.
@thetinyl: Email yourself copies of your passport/other important docs, so you can always access them.
@11kerco: Be flexible & open to trying other locals' or travelers' ideas. My best experiences tend to be the unplanned ones
@OutlanderAbroad: Also keep an eye out for points maximizing optys – online promotions, checkins, etc.
@OutlanderAbroad: It's especially easy to meet people in hostels, on mass transit, in cafes, but embrace solo time too!
@TravelAlerts: Pack light and wander! Some of the best places are found getting lost exploring a new city
@jennsaidthis: Be real with yourself. It will sometimes be difficult and that's ok. Not many have the guts to go out in to the world alone!
And finally… 🙂
And Bonus Posts
I have also written three posts for the TD Aeroplan Community. You can read them here:
- The Solo Travel Imperative: 5 Reasons to Travel Alone
- Top 10 Tips for Solo Travel Success
- The 5 Basics of Solo Travel Safety
The next Twitter chat will be in June. You can follow us on Twitter, I'm @solotraveler, and participate.