It’s not about eating in Italy, finding love in Bali, and praying in India. With all due respect to those year-long Eat, Pray, Love-inspired adventures, few people have it in them to spend another year alone, turning inward, even if they are in some of the worlds’ most beautiful destinations.
Whether it’s your first time out alone or you are already well versed in reserving tables for one, these top tips are guaranteed to ease the process of cherry-picking a great solo getaway.
The Solo Travel
First, it’s a good idea to crank up your favorite tunes and sing along while you drive. Also, you will want to focus on all the points of interest with a different approach, choosing short distances between legs might be better since you will be the only one at the wheel. Whether you are traveling in a loop or you are moving linearly with a rental car so you can fly home at the end of your trip, make sure that you save your most glamorous pit stop (think of a luxury enclave or spa) until the end.
Learning a New Skill
The possibility of pursuing something new – a craft, hobby, or skill became a palpable prospect at the start of the stay-at-home orders of the pandemic. That is until the foreverness of the crisis set in and people had to redirect their attention to surviving instead of thriving. A solo trip is a great opportunity to revisit the notion of adding a feather to one’s cap, whether this means improving one’s skills in the kitchen, becoming conversational in a new language, or getting certified as a wellness practitioner.
Traditionally, solo travel requires an expense dubbed as a “solo supplement” by people in the know. However, after the decimation of the hospitality industry due to the pandemic, travel planners are brokering their hotel relationships to garner cut rates for people who want to take a trip on their own and weaponizing their honeymoon planning skills to deliver on the “treat yourself” mantra.