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I’ve been meaning to write this post for as long as I can remember. The number one question I get asked on my Instagram is “how do you take photos of yourselfwhen travelling solo?”
Sorry to burst your bubble guys butI don’t have a little fairy hanging around, hire professional photographers or have an Instagram husband. Although admittedly, sometimes it would make things a hell of a lot easier.
90% of the travel photos you see of me on my blog or Instagram, are taken by me!
Since I have started to travel solo and I run a travel blog that requires epic photos (selfies just don’t cut it on the gram), I’ve been taking photos of myself on a regular basis for over two years now.
In this post, I’m going to share everything I know about self-tography with you including:
- Different ways to get epic travel photos when by yourself
- Tips for travelling with a tripod
- How to set up your tripod or gear to get the photo with you in it
- Ways to limit your camera from getting stolen
- How to stop caring what people think (but that’s mostly down to you!)
We’re going to cover all the ways of taking photos by yourself, but how to take them too!
So, are you ready tojoin the ranks and become aself-tographer? Sweet! Let’s go.
Table of Contents
1. A tripod and atimer mode
Although not the most effective option in my opinion;setting up your tripod, mounting your camera in the position you want it, and letting it run on a timer is a great option to take photos of yourself if you’re just starting out.
Most cameras will have self-timer modes and, if you’re in the market for a camera, I would check the capabilities of the timer modes on the camera first.
A big tip I have is to read your camera manual thoroughly or experiment with the timer modes available first before you set out on your travels.
You don’t want to turn up at your photo location all set to go and then struggle with setting up the timer.
The best way is to setyour cameraup on a continuous mode. This iswhere the camera will keep taking photos for you. This means you don’t have to keep running back and forth to start the timer each time.
For example, you could set up your camera to take a photo every one or two seconds. That way, you can change positions up each time without having to worry!
Another way is to buy a remote shutter that works with your camera. But, this could prove expensive.
Top tip: when choosing the right tripod, try to get one that can hold your camera in portrait mode – perfect for 8×10 editing for Instagram.
2. A tripod with a remote shutter (where you can see yourself)
The first option is a common way of getting photos but to really level up, this is what I suggest.
For me, not only do I like to set up my tripod in the position I want it, mount my camera and composeit for a beautiful photo;I like to see what I look like in the picture as well while taking it.
That wayyou can make sure you’re not getting half your body in it, your hair doesn’t look messy etc. (although for me it’s a given lol)and you can usesee if the pose or facial expression makes it an attractive photo.
After all, there’s no point in posing for 30 minutes to find out the photos look wrong or you’re cut out of the frame! Or, you’re not happy with your pose, you’re too far away etc.
How I do this is by using a camera that hasWiFi capability and using aremote shutter through a smartphoneto take photos of myself.
How to set up your camera with a smartphone WiFi App
Most of the big camera companies like Olympus, Canon, Sony, Nikon, and Lumix have an app that you can download for free to connect your phone with your camera.
It’s really simple to set up. You just turn on your WiFi mode on your camera, connect your phone via an app and away you go!
Not only does having this app and the WiFi setting allow you to see yourself on the screen and press the shutter to take a photo while you’re by yourself. You can instantly download those photos to your phone to edit for Instagram or post to stories, Snapchat, Twitter etc. It’s genius!
You just have to be a little creative with where you hide your phone so it doesn’t show in the photo.
Sometimes I sit on my phone, hide it behind my body if I’m facing away, press and throw away the camera, or use it as a prop etc.
3. Burst mode option with your camera (guess what, tripod again!)
I always used to take photos of myself while travellingsolowith option number two (WiFi-connected smartphone shutter) for the first year or so. But, I found that this limited my options and gave a ‘static’ photo.
I would either need to sit, turn away, or stand super still to make sure I could press the shutter. And, although there’s nothing wrong with that, I was craving something more…
Motion in my photo!
You know, that twirly dress, spinning around candidly, jumping in the air, walking in the distance motion-type pictures you see on Instagram.
So, I decided to up my game once moreandstarted to play around a little bit on my Olympus camera features.
Well, I’m happy to say that I discovered a little breakthrough. Burst Mode!
How to take photos of yourself using your camera in Burst mode
This is similar to a timer. But, instead of taking one photo, it takes multiple photos in a really short space of time! I.e. 10 photos in 2 seconds.
What this means is that it will take multiple photos for you in one sittingso you have a better chance.For example, if you were twirling around in your dress or skirt, the burst mode would capture that better in 5 photos a second than just one photo per second.
So now, my photoshoot set up goes like this:
- Firstly, I set up my tripod and mount my camera
- Then, I connect my camera to my smartphone via the Olympus App
- I will then set my camera toburst mode on the app where it will take 15 photos in 2 seconds
- Next, I set that to repeat every 2 seconds
- I position myself where I want to be in front of the camera by looking in my phone
- I’ll press the button to release the shutter
- Hide my phone somewhere (or keep it near the tripod)
- I have fun!
This is the way I take all my photos now as it not only means I can get creative. It also means I can leave my phone by the tripod if I don’t want it to be in my photo… Winner, chicken dinner!
4. Use a smart phone with atimer mode or invest in a Bluetooth shutter for it
Although limited, most smartphones on the market have a timer mode built into the camera.
For example, an iPhone has the option of a 3 or 10-second countdown before it takes the photo. Leaving you with enough time to get in position and pose where you want!
What’s more, is you could put it on selfie mode so you can see yourself on the screen too and get yourself into position properly.
Blue Tooth Shutters for Smart Phones
Even the most basic, cheap selfie sticks have Bluetooth shutters so you can press a button on the stick andthe smartphone will take a photo when pressed.
How you set this up is by connecting the blue tooth shutter to your phone, similar to a Bluetooth speaker.
Then you can connect it to your phone and press the Bluetooth shutter to take your photo without timer mode. Giving you more flexibility and not having to go back and forth to your phone! The power of modern technology aye?
5. Get crafty with propping up your camera or phone
In some instances, the use of a tripod is not allowed. For example, in most tourist sites in India, Istanbul or Egypt tripods were prohibited.
This is a nightmare for the self-tographer to be sure. But, it just means getting a little more creative with how you take your photo.
I took this by propping up the camera against a step
Some top tips I have for utilising your surroundings as a makeshift tripod or prop for your camera:
- To gain height, use your bag/coat to rest the camera on
- Look for stairs, surfaces, walls or even bins to prop up your phone (just make sure it doesn’t fall in/over lol)
- Put your camera in thetop pocket of your backpack to rest the camera
- Use your drink bottle
There are so many ways to be creative and still get a good photo without a tripod and no hands to help you!
6. Get your GoPro out but make sure it has a selfie stick
A GoPro is a travel bloggers ultimate weapon. It can survive the test of time and take photos in any situation no matter how messy.
Whether scuba diving in the ocean, throwing colours for holi, mud wrestling, tubing in Laos, chucking tomatoes for La Tomatina , sandboarding, skydiving, Bungy jumping, surfing, or riding in an air balloon.
You can rest assured your camera won’t break and you can take some epic action photos in the process.
They’re also made for self-tography as they have a wide-angle lens. Meaningyou can get more of yourself in the photo.
To avoid getting your arm getting in the way, I would invest in a GoPro stick. This means you can get more in the frame and even have the GoPro behind you to take some awesome photos.
There are also tonnes of other accessories for the GoPro like head and chest brackets, mounts for bikes, and surfboards, you name it.
You can get really creative and it’s so lightweight, meaning it will save you from lugging around loads of heavy equipment.
It does take practice however and again, you’ll need to play around withtimerfunctions but it’s so worth it.
7. Ask a stranger to help you out
This is not my favourite option as I like to compose photos myself (and I’m picky) but,sometimes it’s just easier to ask someone to take one for you.
Sometimes this can be great and sometimes it can be a complete fail.
It’s a gamble you take. I mean I totally get it, not everyone is travelling to get perfect photos haha!
But sometimes when astranger takes it, the composition is all off or parts of the landmarkaremissing etc. it can be frustrating and there’s a limit on how much time you have.
At the end of the day, this stranger is kind enough to help you out! Let’s not take up more of their time than necessary.
The trick is learning to communicate what you want and your vision to the person you ask.
Some tips for asking strangers to take your photos:
Firstly, look for someone with a DSLR, they may know more about photography
Before you hand someone your camera/phone explain what you want in the photo.
Explain what pose you’ll be pulling. If it’s meant to be a smize or you’re looking away, it could help them understand. Or else, youcouldbe told to turn around and ‘smile’ or, they may not think you’re ready for the photo. Hey, not everyone gets the blogger life!
Alternatively, take a photo of what you want without you in it. Or show them the Pinterest pin that inspired you or the photo you’ve saved from Instagram. Then, they may understand what you’re looking for a little better.
8. Get creative with capturing your body
Of course, you don’t have to always capture all of yourself in the photo. It could be just a certain part of you.
Whether it be your hands with a nice coffee or some yummy food (the perfect excuse to buy ice cream), your feet against a pretty tiled floor, or your legs with a breathtaking view – there are countless ways to get creative photos without letting the camera go.
A big inspiration for me when I first started travel blogging was @girleatworld who takes stunning colourful captures of food she eats around the globe.
She holds it in her hand against an iconic background and it’s genius! Now she has almost 400k followers on the gram. Go follow for some inspiration, but don’t if you’re hungry ;)
9. Smile in the mirror
A commonone but one that still works and can be quite effective!
Taking a picture on a reflective surface, mirror or even mirrored road signs does still make for a great photo at a different angle.
10. Buy a drone
Not a cheap option, but can bring a whole new level to your photography game!
A drone is essentially a flying camera and it allows you to take photos of yourself from heights you never thought possible.
But this doesn’t come without complications.
A drone can cost way over a thousand pounds and they are easily fickle when the weather isn’t so great. For example, if it’s windy, it could easily be blown away never to be seen again!
Also, a lot of countries (Morocco, Egypt etc.) have banned drones all together which means you may have to leave it at home or get someone to drone-sit while you travel.
Don’t even think about flying thisnear an airport or air travel space. Recently, Gatwick Airport in London had to delay flights due to drones flying overhead.
Which resulted in hundreds of people not being able to go home for Christmas and came with a 5 jail year sentence for the culprit.
A lot of the high-end drones will have a nifty feature warning you whether you can fly it (or won’t take off at all) so you’re all clear.
But, if you are caught flying it in an illegal zone, you could lose a ton in fines. Some countries make a lot of money this way! They’re epic, but be careful.
11. Screenshot your vlogs/videos
This may not be as good in terms of quality, but sometimes taking a screenshot of your vlogs or videos can be a great way to get still content.
For example, when I wrote about Holi in my blog post. Some, if not all of these photos were grabbed from my GoPro footage. The reason being is the colours would have destroyed my DSLR.
This is also a great way to capture movement and presenta moment in time that you may have missed on your camera.
You can easily do this in iMovie or any other video editing software by using the Screengrab option.
GoPro also provides an awesome app in which you can transfer your videos/photos from your GoPro to your phone using the handy WiFi feature. From here, it easily allows you to screen grab any photo from a video.
12. Collab with other bloggers or join travel groups
Travelling solo doesn’t mean you need to be alone and if you want to be part of the travel blogging community, we’re a really nice bunch (promise)!
Many travel bloggers will love to meet up and collaborate together. Whether that be arranging a meet-up in a city or specifically meeting to shoot a location together. It can be a super fun way to meet and network with other bloggers.
Another way to do this is on press trips where all of you are sponsored to travel together with a tourism board or tourcompany. You can create some really awesome content of each other for your blogs or Instagram accounts.
Travelling with a tripod
Travelling with a tripod in your luggage or on your back while exploring a city can be tiresome.
Although my tripod weighs less than a kilo, if I carry it on one shoulder – it kills by the end of the day!
Here are some of my top tips for tripod travel:
Check the weight of a tripod before you buy it. You’d be surprised how much they can weigh, If it weighs 3 kilos, it’s going to take up a lot of luggage allowance and weigh you down.
Try and buy a tripodthat folds up small or a compact tripod for travel
Invest in a proper photography backpack for your equipment and carry it on two shoulders for support.
Setting up your tripod
- So, you’ve got your tripod, you’re all set to go, you arrive at the location and… now what?!
- Well, there’s a couple of things that I check first before I get my tripod out to take the photos:
- Check a composition with your phone first, no point setting it up to find out that you hate how it looks.
- Decide what height you want your tripod. 9 times out of 10, I extend to full height but a lower angle could create a more effective composition
- Check you can balance your tripod in the location. If it’s in sand/mud, plant the tripod deep enough so it won’t topple
- Check your surroundings and the weather, if it’s windy it could fall over and hurt your camera! The last thing you want is for your camera to break.
- If you’re planning to shoot a few photos while you’re here, you may want to leave the tripod set up and carry it around like that. To save you time.
A handy checklistto limit your camera from getting stolen
Another question I get asked a lot is “Don’t you worry about your camera being stolen?”
Of course, that is a worry. Especially if I’m doing a photo that requires me to be far away from my camera. Not the mention my stuff like my handbag with my phone, wallet, hotel room key, etc!
But, touch wood I have never had anything happen to my equipment while filming alone. I think people think I’m crazy and are more confused than wanting to steal my camera.
But, that doesn’t mean you can be reckless. So here’s some of my advice. These may seem obvious but it needs to be said:
- Check your surroundings, does it look dodgy? Are there any dodgy characters eyeing up your stuff? If so, choose a new location
- Are you in a place where it could easily be stolen? A busy street, a popular attraction etc. Maybe don’t shoot there
- Is there any security around that would help you if someone tried to run away with it?
- How far are you stepping away from the camera? The further away the more risk
- Put your bags closer to you hidden from view. Not near your tripod! Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
How to stop caring what people think!
At first, posing in front of a tripod is downright weird! I know, I’ve been there.
But now, my tripod is pretty much my boyfriendwhen I travel. My very own (rather stiff) Insta husband. He’s been with me around the world now, capturing my best moments as I go haha.
The big trick is just not to care!
Sure, you may look a little silly. Posing in front of your camera while people are looking.
But, you’re never going to see these people again after you’ve taken your photos.
So, ten minutes of awkwardness can get you a lifetime of memories. I think that’s a good trade-off.
The way I think of it is I’ll regret not getting my photo and I’m not going to have regrets while I travel because a few randoms made fun of me.
More often than not, after I’ve taken my photos, they’ll go and do the exact same! Some people will be impressed, some people will think you’re crazy, some will just not get it.
But, forget about them, rise above them and just concentrate on you and your awesome photos. You’ve got this!
If this article helped you out or if you’re an avid self-tographer, don’t forget to tag me in your photos on Instagram orcontact me. I’d love to see your self-made creations.
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I am stronger, more confident, and more capable than I knew
Not only has traveling solo taught me a lot about the world, but it's taught me a lot about myself, too. I've learned that I CAN take care of myself, even in foreign countries where I don't know anyone and even when things go wrong.
- These changes made all the difference: 1 -Bring Your Ears Forward. ...
- 2 - Shift Your Weight. ...
- 3 - Lean Forward From The Waist. ...
- 4 - Create Distance Between Your Torso & Arm. ...
- 5- Don't Face the Camera Straight On. ...
- 6 - Stand Tall. ...
- 7 - Don't Be Afraid to Move.
- Open Camera.
- Tap or. (depending on your model) to switch to the front-facing camera.
- Hold your iPhone in front of you. ...
- Tap the Shutter button or press either volume button to take the shot or start recording.
To set the feature, open the Camera app and tap on the Settings button in the top-left corner of the viewfinder. From there, select "Shooting methods," hit "Show palm" to toggle the feature on, then exit "Camera settings."Why travelling solo is the best? ›
Solo travel is ALWAYS an adventure
No matter what you do on a solo trip, it will feel adventurous. You step out your comfort zone, travel to a place you maybe have never been before, meet new people that will leave lasting memories, and so much more.
Solo trips give you more freedom and push you out of your comfort zone. There's less pressure to be on-the-go at all moments. Being alone empowers you and leads to self-love.What a solo trip taught me? ›
Solo travel boosts your Confidence and makes you feel good
No matter how hard we try to keep pace with our lives and try to push ourselves to be strong, sometimes it just seems hard to endure. There are days when we feel low and no amount of consolation or alternatives can make us feel better.
- Stick Your Chin Out.
- Avoid Patterns.
- Know How to Hold Your Body.
- Don't Place Your Arms at Your Side.
- Avoid Bulky Clothing.
- Stand/Sit Straight.
- Have Pictures Taken From Above.
- Hold Your Purse in Front of Your Body.
- Use gridlines to balance your shot. ...
- Set your camera's focus. ...
- Use HDR mode. ...
- Use natural light. ...
- Focus on one subject. ...
- Hold your phone still. ...
- Consider buying a mobile tripod. ...
- Embrace negative space.
- Choose the right camera angle.
- Find your most flattering angle.
- Use natural lighting.
- Use a selfie stick.
- Use Portrait Mode.
- A genuine smile.
- Avoid harsh shadows.
- Adjust the camera settings.
Try Burst mode. Just tap and hold the shutter button. Burst mode takes multiple photos in one go so you'll have a range of photos to choose from. On iPhone 11 and later, slide the shutter button to the left and hold it to take a burst of photos, then release it to stop.What are the 7 tips for taking good photographs? ›
- How To Compose Great Photos. Great photos start with great composition: how you frame the shot and where you position different elements within the scene. ...
- Keep It Simple. ...
- Change Your Perspective. ...
- Add Depth To Your Images. ...
- Use The Sun To Create A Silhouette. ...
- Look For Reflections. ...
- Find Symmetry.
- Comfort comes first, but don't neglect your personal style.
- Always wear flat, closed-toed shoes on a plane or train.
- Layer up to stay warm on the plane or train while being ready for the weather at your destination.
- Add a scarf for extra warmth.
- Carry a lip balm. Your lips are also as important as the skin of your face. ...
- Sleep well. Complete your beauty sleep as well. ...
- Avoid cheese and fried foods. Eat healthy while travelling. ...
- Carry a spray bottle. For short hair, lightly spritzing the spot with water.
- Flip your camera upside down. Don't worry. ...
- Hold your camera away from your body. ...
- Practice angles and cropping the photo so that you don't have a long arm sticking out of the side of your photo.
- Use the right camera on your phone and monitor yourself.
- Use a gimbal/tripod.
- Get your video composition right.
- Use manual mode on your phone's camera.
- Make sure you're properly lighting your videos.
- Capture high-quality audio.
- Record enough B-roll.
Solo travellers will usually be equipped with a degree of self-confidence. But this doesn't necessarily mean you have to be an outgoing, extrovert personality: many solo travellers enjoy the solitude of their own company without the need to make lifelong friends with everyone they meet.Which country is best for solo? ›
- Iceland. There are many reasons why travelling solo is way better than travelling with a significant other, and Iceland is a place that encapsulates many of them. ...
- East Coast Australia. ...
- Portugal. ...
- New Zealand. ...
- Ireland. ...
- Japan. ...
- Greek Islands. ...
- Photograph: Alex Waltner Photograph / Shutterstock.com.
You get to overcome your fears.
Travelling alone also helps you overcome various fears. It could be the fear of being all by yourself, fear of having no one to talk to, fear of spending too much or the fear of a strange place. Once you take a trip alone, you no longer feel threatened by these things.
Most airlines set 16 as the age limit for independent travel, and that seems a sensible one to me. For many young people, it is in your post-16 days, particularly as you're taking your A-levels and thinking about university, that you think about solo travel.
But the benefits far outweigh the cons with solo travel. Having time to ponder, reflect and enjoy your own company not only does wonders for mental wellbeing, but it can actually improve your relationships with others. There's no other life experience quite like it, and everyone should do it at least once.How do you travel solo successfully? ›
- Choose your destination and book your accommodation.
- Prepare but not too much.
- Prepare yourself mentally.
- Pack cleverly according to your destination.
- Provide a plan B for transport.
- Talk about it with those close to you.
- Do some research on your destination and solo travelling.
- Never be unprepared. ...
- Don't over-schedule. ...
- Don't make rigid plans. ...
- Don't avoid locals. ...
- Never run out of money. ...
- Don't feel lonely. ...
- Never fight your spontaneity. ...
- Don't stop yourself from going with the flow.
- Learn to be in your own company.
- Start small.
- Learn how to find friends in new places.
- Fill your travel time with activities.
- Study your destination & plan out your trip.
- Plan for emergencies.
- Choose your accommodation wisely. ...
- Travel by train. ...
- Take advantage of day tours. ...
- Learn how to talk to strangers. ...
- Take a class. ...
- Break up long trips with an organized tour. ...
- Go to restaurants with communal tables. ...
- Go to coffee shops.
Go big on top, narrow on bottom. If you like the idea of belly camouflage but want to show some shape too, let opposites attract. Pair any full-cut top, blouse, jacket or tunic with a slim base of trim pants, leggings or straight or skinny jeans (here's where the latter come in handy even if you no longer love them).How to not look fat? ›
- Buy new underwear. ...
- Choose a V-neck. ...
- Wear one color head to toe. ...
- Use bodysuits and swing tanks as smoothers. ...
- Stick to no-waist dresses for belly camouflage. ...
- Add some height. ...
- Only put volume where you need it most. ...
- Pair your plain black pants with a statement top.
You want to press down right above the area where your partner's pubic hairline ends, aka the mons pubis, with a fairly small amount of pressure explains Tanner, but be sure you're using your whole hand. “You wouldn't want to press with one finger, you'd want to either use the palm of your hand or a couple of fingers.What clothes make you look slimmer? ›
Darker colours will make you look instantly slimmer, whilst lighter or shiny colours/fabrics will highlight problem areas. So, if you have a wider waist, wear a brown or black belt. If you want to play down a large chest, avoid wearing a silver blouse.Why do I look fat in photos but not in person? ›
Lens distortions – Your body appearance in pictures is directly related to lens distortion. If your camera lens is wide-angle, the distortion can be why you look fatter than you already are.
Hold your head forward
“Stick your chin out a little bit—think of leading with your forehead,” says Burr. “It brings the head forward a little bit but slims under the jaw line and the neck.” Lowering your chin down a touch will keep the pose from looking unnatural, she says.
- Say there's something special about her.
- Compare her to something beautiful.
- Mention something that reminded you of her.
- Tell her you've been thinking about her picture all day.
- Tell her how much you love her smile.
- Talk about her eyes.
- Praise how healthy her skin looks.
- Self-timer mode with a smartphone. Smartphone and self-timer method #1 – prop your phone up. ...
- Self-timer mode with a camera.
- Remote trigger controlled with your phone.
- Use a tripod (my chosen option) ...
- Ask a stranger. ...
- Take a tour.
- Collab with other solo travellers.
What is the rule of thirds? The rule of thirds is a composition guideline that places your subject in the left or right third of an image, leaving the other two thirds more open.What makes a face more photogenic? ›
Are Some People Just Naturally Photogenic? Some characteristics translate more gracefully to film than others. Sharp cheekbones, a square jaw, and other angular facial features make for attractive subjects in photography because they better capture the available light.How do I smile more photogenic? ›
- Close Your Eyes. While you wait for your photographer to take your picture, keep your eyes closed. ...
- Don't Say Cheese. ...
- Don't Focus on the Camera. ...
- Practice Facial Muscle Exercises. ...
- Consider Cosmetic Dentistry for a Photogenic Smile.
For Android users
-- Open the camera app, press and keep holding the shutter button. -- This automatically activates the Burst Mode and clicks multiple photos until you release the button.
Tap the clock icon to open your self-timer. Choose 3 or 10 seconds, which is how long your camera will wait between when you tap the shutter button and when it actually takes a photo. Frame your shot and tap the shutter button.What does burst 10 photos mean? ›
Burst mode is an iPhone camera setting that lets you take ten photos per second. This maximizes your chances of capturing a moving subject in the perfect position or pose.How would you react if you had to travel alone answer? ›
I would be overjoyed to travel alone.
Solo travel helps you become independent since you don't have anyone else to rely on. You make decisions and discoveries all on your own. Navigating unfamiliar territories and making friends with strangers helps boost your confidence, too!How long should a solo trip be? ›
How long should a solo trip be? Solo travel trends show that the most popular length for a solo trip is 10–12 days. Having a week and a half away gives you more time to unwind in each destination you visit and a chance to dive into the local culture. Only have enough time to take a week off of work?What do you call a person who travels alone? ›
vagabond. noun. old-fashioned someone with no home or job who travels from place to place.How can an introvert solo travel? ›
- Start With A Plan. ...
- Choose An Easy Accommodation. ...
- Break The Ice By Initiating Interactions. ...
- Indulge In Self Entertainment. ...
- Consider Signing For Group Tours. ...
- Embrace Your Time Alone With Nature. ...
- Befriend The Locals. ...
- Carry A Journal.
- Choose your accommodation wisely. ...
- Travel by train. ...
- Take advantage of day tours. ...
- Learn how to talk to strangers. ...
- Take a class. ...
- Break up long trips with an organized tour. ...
- Go to restaurants with communal tables. ...
- Go to coffee shops.
It is extremely difficult for people to fathom being alone, especially in Indian society. Being alone is usually associated with depression. In fact, the feeling of loneliness is one of the major challenges you face if you have never done a solo trip.
- Accept that solo travel loneliness will happen (and that doesn't mean that you are 'bad' at travelling alone) ...
- Meet other people. ...
- Join a day tour. ...
- Don't neglect your basic needs. ...
- Be kind to yourself. ...
- Have a plan. ...
- Take time to relax. ...
- Alternatively, move on to the next thing.
Solo travel can feel weird — But you can do it anyway
Having moments of awkwardness won't make you a failure at solo travel! At the end of the day, yes, if you've never traveled alone, there's a good chance it will feel weird at first. Hopefully you now see feeling awkward when trying something new, is totally normal!
Not only does travelling alone benefit your mental health, but it helps you grow as an individual. It teaches you independence and self-reliance. When you travel alone, you can call all the shots. It helps you learn to make decisions based on your own self-interest, something that is often undervalued in our society.