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Top 5 tips for traveling solo

Although common sense for veteran travelers, new travelers, particularly conference attendees, may not know the pitfalls of traveling alone.

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Everyone is a traveler now

With the rise in popularity of international conferences and international business, it is increasingly common for professionals across all industries to jet across the nation, but traveling alone can be a challenge. Whether it is catching a flight to South by Southwest or an industry conference, or perhaps to meet a client to finalize a deal belly to belly, traveling is no longer reserved for the traveling salesman or elite vacationer, no, everyone is now a traveler.

But how do you avoid the lonely feeling of being in a strange city without anyone by your side without, well, having someone by your side?‘s Lucy Maldonado offers the top five tips for traveling solo:

1. Talk to strangers

We know your mom told you never to talk to strangers, but in this case we’re sure she’d give you the green light. First off, if you don’t you’re going to find yourself very, very alone and likely bored. Of course you use your instincts and talk to people who seem warm and friendly. If you’re a woman and you don’t feel comfortable talking to random men then talk to another female. But then again, there are lots of stories of love on the road, so keep an open mind!

2. Get the right guidebook

Certain guidebooks are geared towards families, while others cater to those who are only interested in luxury travel. Snag a guidebook like Lonely Planet or the Rough Guides and you’ll find a plethora of listings that are aimed at pleasing the solo traveler from restaurants to hotels.

3. Eat at the bar

When you’re solo, one of the easiest ways to make new friends is to sit at the bar. Other people are likely to sit next to you and seeing you sitting alone, are more likely to strike up conversation. If nothing else, you can always chat up the bartender for a little conversation.

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4. Avoid Romantic Destinations

Unless you’re masochist, trying to hang solo in a place that’s known more for honeymoons is a recipe for disaster. The nightlife will likely be non-existent and you’ll feel left out as you watch couples canoodling.

5. Stay at the right hotel

It might not seem like the most important consideration, but don’t be fooled! This one is seriously essential. A bland chain hotel might earn you points, but you’ll be enjoying those perks alone. You’ll want to choose a hotel that has an active nightlife scene, communal eating, or revolves around a group activity like yoga or surfing.

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  1. SadieHeldberg

    August 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Traveling alone has become a regular thing for me; my business trips for Dish are frequent and lonely. I have however spent my alone time finding fun things to do to fill the time that would make me blue. Along with the great tips in this article, I have a couple I’d like to share. When you’re traveling alone with no kids, husbands, or girlfriends it’s the perfect time to visit somewhere near your destination that you have always wanted to see. Who knows if you will be back to the same place again? I also bring along my iPad loaded with travel apps, but especially my Dish Remote Access, which provides me with movies and TV for my hotel room or wherever as my own special showing. Movies take my mind off the fact that I’m by myself and entertain as well.

  2. chad2012

    August 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

    great advice. although i hate traveling alone. But I can definitely see how this would help the situation.

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