Family vacays, romantic getaways, extended holidays… they’re really all about escape. From work, from responsibility, and from the mechanic monotony of our daily lives. But have you ever considered going alone? Going solo is way more popular than you think, and honestly, probably a lot more relaxing than any of the alternatives. And hey, we promise, it’s not even weird. Vacationing alone is one large part self-indulgence with a side of self-discovery. The opportunities are endless.
Hint: These also work for your one-night-stand with NYC on a business trip. Or something.
So we’ve put together a quick list of go-it-alone tips. Because hell is other people, right?
1. Get off your phone
No one cares about your 8th Nutella crepe in Montmarte. Get off Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else you might be staring at on that little screen. Look around you. Experience the world. Without sharing it. After all, it’s yours to behold, at least for today.
2. Get ahold of that dude from Rio you met that one time
You’re kicking it in the River of January for a few nights, so instead of consulting some stupid travel blogs top-ten list of Rio-Clubs-I’ve-Never-Been-to-But-the-Internet-Says-Are-Cool, hit up that guy you’re still Facebook friends with and get the inside scoop.
3. Understand that the cute bartender at the place next to your hotel totally doesn’t know everything.
Ok, she might. But be chatty with everyone. The more locals you talk to, the more inside scoop you’re going to get. Obviously.
4. Take yourself out to dinner
At a place with a communal table. You know that long one in the middle you normally avoid? Sit down and strike up conversation. At least get a local’s recommendation for the best place to grab a drink when you’re done.
5. Go ahead, talk yourself up
You actually wrote The Hunger Games, but she totally stole you handwritten manuscript when you left in in the pocket of the plane seat at LAX. Ok so no. (At least pick a better series, come on.) Whatever, your secretarial position at The Corporate Monster kinda blows, so go ahead and get creative, you’ll probably never see these people again anyway.