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23 Unconventional Places Introverts Would Love To Travel

23 Unconventional Places Introverts Would Love To Travel

Introverts. You probably know a few people who consider themselves as one. If not, then let me be the first.

Introverts love to travel as much as extroverts. We just prefer different destinations. Extroverts may perceive them as unconventional but introverts find that such places are interesting and stimulating.

Extroverts may choose to travel to cities like Paris or Tokyo. Introverts might actually be interested in some of the same cities but they will opt for activities that cater to their introversion.

So, here are 23 unconventional places that introverts would love to travel at some point of their lives.

neworleans

    1. Walking Alone To People Watch In New Orleans

    “Although the raucous city of New Orleans may seem like a party paradise for extroverts, introverts will enjoy observing and taking in all of the local ambience”, says Jenn Granneman, Founder of Introvert Dear.

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      2. Refresh The Soul With Beauty In The Canadian Rocky Mountains

      “With sweeping vistas, pristine air, and wilderness, it is the perfect place to recharge from it all”, says Naomi Huzovicova.

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        3. Sailing To Relax In Malta’s Sister Islands, Gozo & Comino

        “Malta is still fairly unknown to American tourists, which makes it the perfect place for introverts to blend in and disappear for a short trip”, says Carly Smith.

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          4. Four-Wheeling Down Hilly Roads To Experience Exhilaration In Rural Chihuahua

          “The state of Chihuahua are home to tiny towns like Santa Rosalia De Cuevas. You can take an ATV and go flying down dirt roads without ever encountering another human being”, says Clayburn Griffin.

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            5. Roaming To Get Lost In The City Of Tokyo

            “Tokyo is a great place for introverts because you can remain anonymous. In addition, it helps that the Japanese are not intrusive”, says Patti Geroulis, Co-Founder of The Travel Sisters.

            The region consists of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north, the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands or the Lucayan Archipelago, which are in fact in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba, not in the Caribbean Sea. Some islands in the region have relatively flat terrain of non-volcanic origin. These islands include Aruba (possessing only minor volcanic features), Barbados, Bonaire, the Cayman Islands, Saint Croix, The Bahamas or Antigua. Others possess rugged towering mountain-ranges like the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Dominica, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Thomas, Saint John, Tortola, Grenada, Saint Vincent, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Trinidad & Tobago. The climate of the region is tropical but rainfall varies with elevation, size and water currents (cool upwellings keep the ABC islands arid). Warm, moist tradewinds blow consistently from the east creating rainforest/semidesert divisions on mountainous islands. Occasional northwesterlies affect the northern islands in the winter. The region enjoys year-round sunshine, divided into 'dry' and 'wet' seasons, with the last six months of the year being wetter than the first half. The waters of the Caribbean Sea host large, migratory schools of fish, turtles, and coral reef formations. Hurricanes, which at times batter the region, usually strike northwards of Grenada, and to the west of Barbados. The principal hurricane belt arcs to northwest of the island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean. The region sits in the line of several major shipping routes with the man-made Panama Canal connecting the western Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean.

              6. Salsa Dance By The Sea In Cuba

              “Dancing is a great activity for introverts because it is a way of connecting without talking”, says Michaela Chung, Founder of Introvert Spring.

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                7. Hiking To Experience Solitude In Torres Del Paine

                “You can hike all day without seeing more than a handful of hikers passing by you”, says John Manooigan.

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                  8. Join A Bike Tour To Experience The Epic Scenery Of France’s Bordeaux Region

                  “This type of trip appeals to introverts because it presents opportunities to socialize and times to be alone”, says Janice Chung.

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                    9. Wandering The Streets In Montmartre To People Watch In Paris

                    “For introverts, it helps with inspiration and experiencing the magic of artists from the past and present”, says Isabelle Rizo.

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                      10. Looking To The Ocean For Inspiration At Martha’s Vineyard

                      As a writer and introvert, there is no better place for inspiration and creativity than living in a fortress-like house with Walter Knoll interior on Martha’s Vineyard as depicted in the movie, The Ghost Writer.

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                        11. Experience Inner Peace Via Yoga On The Edge Of The Makgadikgadi Salt Pans

                        “Introverts would appreciate a place so remote and quiet that one can actually see the curve of the earth and hear the blood circulate through their ears”, says Lucy Ballantyne.

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                          12. Discover Oneself By Living In Antarctica

                          “It would be an introvert’s dream to work in the U.S. Antarctic Program. With such a small population, it is an incredible opportunity for self-discovery and reflection”, says Kenneth Campbell.

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                            13. Travel On A Long Journey To Self-Reflect Through The Appalachian Trail

                            This is something that I plan to do at some point of my life. As an introvert, there is nothing better than connecting with nature directly by trekking hundreds of miles alone.

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                              14. Taking An Italian Cooking Class To Bask In The Tranquility Of Beautiful Tuscany

                              “An Italian cooking class held in Italy may appeal to introverts because it is an intimate setting, where you can be among a small group of people or choose to be alone”, says George Meyers.

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                                15. Ski To Experience A Sense Of Awe In Winter Park, Colorado

                                “This experience would appeal to thrill-seeking introverts because it is a great getaway to be alone with your thoughts and the beautiful views”, says Hailey Lanier.

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                                  16. Hiking To Experience Nature Along The Camino De Santiago

                                  “The long distance trek appeals to introverts because you get to spend time discovering nature, far away from crowds and major cities”, says Gabriel Schirm.

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                                    17. Bird Watch To Experience Quietness At Kensal Green Cemetary In London

                                    “Introverts can enjoy all of the benefits of public park without the noisy crowds”, says Tui Snider.

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                                      18. Immersing Oneself In Total Remoteness In Slope Point, New Zealand

                                      Not only is it at one of the southernmost points in the world but it offers some of the most majestic views of New Zealand’s green landscape”, says Richard Grasso.

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                                        19. Touring To Experience Openness In The Southwest Desert

                                        “The tour is perfect for the introvert to experience some of the most desolate places in The West”, says Joseph Cowlishaw, Co-Founder of Utah UFO Fest.

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                                          20. Meditating At Sunrise To Conjure Inner Peace In Parque Juarez

                                          “This place is a perfect for introverts to be among such beauty and tranquility”, says Kallen Diggs.

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                                            21. Living At The Famed Shakespeare & Co Bookstore In Paris

                                            “If you feel like talking, there is an endless supply of interesting people. If not, you can just sit and read”, says Hazel Thornton.

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                                              22. Snorkeling To Bask In The Stillness Of The Surin Islands

                                              “It is an unspoiled tropical paradise that is less crowded and a more peaceful place that introverts will enjoy,” says Sylvain Chevreton, General Manager of Khaolake Explorer.

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                                                23. Ride The High-Speed Train To Make Time For Reflection From Tokyo To Mt. Fuji

                                                “There is no better way to recharge than enjoying a long, solitary train journey. In Japan, it’s not generally acceptable for strangers to talk to each other or for people to make much noise. So, you’ll be guaranteed a peaceful ride”, says Sian Atkins.

                                                Featured photo credit: Dani Geza via pixabay.com

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                                                Last Updated on March 30, 2020

                                                What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                                                What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                                                Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

                                                You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

                                                This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

                                                What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

                                                According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

                                                Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

                                                There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

                                                How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

                                                When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

                                                Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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                                                1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

                                                One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

                                                The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

                                                Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

                                                2. Be Honest

                                                A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

                                                If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

                                                On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

                                                Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

                                                3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

                                                Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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                                                If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

                                                4. Succeed at Something

                                                When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

                                                Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

                                                5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

                                                Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

                                                Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

                                                If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

                                                If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

                                                Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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                                                6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

                                                Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

                                                You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

                                                On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

                                                You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

                                                7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

                                                Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

                                                Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

                                                Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

                                                When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

                                                Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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                                                In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

                                                Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

                                                It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

                                                Final Thoughts

                                                When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

                                                The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

                                                Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

                                                Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

                                                Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

                                                More Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem

                                                Featured photo credit: Cata via unsplash.com

                                                Reference

                                                [1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
                                                [2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
                                                [3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
                                                [4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
                                                [5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
                                                [6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
                                                [7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
                                                [8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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