Everybody feels awkward. It’s nearly impossible not to every so often, not just when you travel alone. Though I could chalk it up to me being a weirdo, I’m pretty sure we’ve all experienced one of these things along the way. There’s no shame in feeling silly or weird.
1. Dinner for 1…Yup, just one
I’ve met quite a few solo travelers so far and we all agree: Breakfast and lunch, no problem. But dinner? I’ll head back to my hostel and see if I can bond with my fellow travelers. We all know that once night descends, the atmosphere changes.Friends are out together, couples are on dates. The lights dim, the music is softer, and it leaves you feeling a tad bit more lonely.
Have something to read or a journal to write in.
2. You will encounter: The clinger
Don’t get me wrong, I love meeting new people. I’m not in the position to turn down a friendly face. But sometimes you find yourself with one person who is more awkward (maybe) than you and who you have nothing in common with. They want to do everything together. Err..
Slowly try to slip away. Be nice about it, but know it's okay to go off and do your own thing again.
3. Talking to yourself
Okay, this could just be me, but if something funny happens, you want to share that moment with someone. I’ve found myself looking to my right and…ah. No one to share that with. Or being completely lost and muttering about how DAMN IT, you WILL figure out where you’re going.
Laugh at yourself again.
4. the open seat next to you (Not quite an open invitation)
Especially as a solo female traveler, this could get uncomfortable really quick. So no sir, this seat that is open because I am alone, does not mean I want you to sit and hit on me. Enough said.
If the situation is weird, find an excuse to leave. Any situation that makes you uncomfortable or unsafe is more than okay to leave.
5. you can tell people are staring at you
Depending on where you go, you can either blend in with the locals, or you can really stand out. I’ll say that so far in Warsaw, I’ve seen next to no one with my coloring. And I’ve gotten quite a few double takes in the world of slightly pale and blonde. Whether you have bright red hair or tall in a sea of very short humans, don’t feel awkward.
All part of the experience. Embrace it!
6. …where are your friends?!
The very blunt moment someone asks you one of three things: Where are your friends? You didn’t have anyone to go with you? WAIT, you’re traveling there alone?
Brush it off. Solo travel is a must and the best way to learn about yourself.
What are some awkward things that happen to you when you solo travel?