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9 Ways to Know You’re Better Suited to Traveling Alone

9 Ways to Know You’re Better Suited to Traveling Alone

Traveling the world is one of the most tremendous and rewarding experiences a person can have. The people you meet along the way, the stories you create, and the unbelievable sights you see are all a big part of what makes it great. But it isn’t always easy to find people to join you on the journey. In this scenario, you may have to take on the world on your own. To help you, here are 9 ways to know if you’re better suited to traveling alone or if you should wait and find those perfect close friends.

1. When you’re out with a group of friends, you still chat to others and develop new relationships

To travel alone, you must be able to develop new relationships and interact with people from different and unique cultures.

When you’re out with a group of close friends, perhaps at a bar or football game, do you tend to break away from the group and have long conversations with other people? If this is the case you are undeniably better suited to traveling alone. Being social is a must if you plan to travel alone. It will be a difficult trip if you are constantly twiddling your thumbs by yourself, and far less enjoyable without some companions.

2. When traveling with a close group of friends, you still want to stay at a hostel

Traveling alone requires you to stay in hostels, on account of the affordability and unique social environment. If you’re going to stay in hostels then you might as well enjoy it.

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The benefit of traveling with your friends is the money saved on accommodation without sacrificing physical amenities, such as pools and gyms. In this case it makes sense to stay in a nice hotel rather than a hostel. But do you still prefer to stay in hostels? If you do then you are perfect for traveling alone. If you choose a hostel over a hotel, you must love the idea of meeting new people and making new friends. This will serve you well on a solo voyage and is a good indication you’re probably better suited to traveling alone.

3. You prefer a quick, cheap meal over going to a restaurant

If you plan to travel solo, then you must already understand that to most people finances can become an issue and you really don’t have much of an opportunity to dine at expensive restaurants.

A quick and cheap meal is essential to traveling alone if you want to get the most out of your finances. When traveling with friends you will always find yourself at a sit down restaurant which can hurt your wallet, so if you prefer quick and cheap meals traveling alone will suit you better. With the extra time you will be able to see more, keep moving and most importantly save yourself some money to extend the trip out a bit further.

4. You want to see all the sights rather than go out and sleep in

When traveling alone you will have plenty of opportunities to see all the sights. However if you are moving quickly from location to location you may need to get up early to see everything.

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A large number of people who travel alone are interested in taking in the culture of a new city and seeing what it has to offer. If you are the type of person that would rather get up early to make sure you see the sights rather than sleeping in, then solo travel is more your style. When traveling with friends, you will find you spend more time in bars and out on the town and as a result you find yourself sleeping in later. Getting up in the afternoon will make it difficult to see sights such as museums or art galleries, and if these are important to you traveling alone will be a better option.

5. You’re comfortable being alone

It may sound obvious, but to travel the world on your lonesome you need to be comfortable being on your own. Flights take time and the time in between making friends can be lonely, so be prepared for this if you are considering traveling alone.

Travel between locations can take hours, and if you’re really poor, maybe even days. If you are not yet able to make friends on your journey, you may find that this is time spent with no one but your own thoughts. If you are the type of person that needs to be around people, then traveling alone should not be at the top of your list. It can however be a great way to jump away from your comfort zone and if you’re itching to make a change then give it a shot, but be prepared to spend some time alone.

6. You don’t need other people’s approval to do things

Independence and the ability to not seek the approval of others will go a long way in taking the first step in going overseas. In life you will find that at any opportunity there is someone ready to voice their opinions and if you decide to travel alone you are sure to hear plenty.

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Quitting your job and putting your career on hold is unheard of to some people, especially some parents, so you must be independent and acknowledge that there are people that may not approve of your decision. Traveling the world and doing it on your own can be scary to those close to you and if you’re not an independent person and you find it hard disappointing people then traveling alone may be difficult. Traveling with friends during holidays and time off work will be a better option, rather than taking off on your lonesome.

7. You prefer going to bars over nightclubs

An indication that you are better suited to traveling alone, is if you prefer the bars over nightclubs.

Bars are known as a social gathering place, while nightclubs on the other hand are more known for dancing and having a few drinks. Bars are a place to socialize with the locals and enjoy the culture a little bit. People who are more interested in going to bars are generally more interested in conversing with others and this is certainly a positive for traveling alone.

8. You prefer your travel unscripted, rather than all planned out

Backpacking through Europe or road tripping across the States is often hard to script, you never know whats going to happen. If you’re the type of person that enjoys uncertainty and spontaneous adventures then traveling alone is definitely for you.

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Although you may have a plan when you first set off, it is more than likely going to change after you make new friends and decide to tag along on their travels. If you are a spontaneous person that loves not knowing, then traveling alone is definitely better suited to you.

9. You have an ambition to see the world

Seeing the world is tough to do, especially if you’re trying to plan it around friends’ schedules and other people’s lives. If seeing the world is on your bucket list then clearly you are better suited to traveling solo.

You will never be able to fulfill your dream of seeing the world if you can’t find the courage to take off and travel alone. People have their own goals and their own dreams and their lives are working around those, so it will be virtually impossible to find a friend to do it all with you. The older you become the more difficult it gets. Friends have children and get full-time jobs and this makes it tough to get up and travel the world. In this case you are certainly better suited to traveling alone, because if you don’t then it may be a dream unrealized.

Traveling alone is more difficult for some than others. If you feel you are the type of person demonstrated in this article then traveling alone is something you should seriously consider.

Featured photo credit: Diana Nguyen via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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