I believe everyone should experience solo traveling at least once in their lifetime. It’s a good time to find your likes, dislikes, and true self. Any age is a good age to travel alone! Just because you are over 50 doesn’t mean you should stop.
Before we get into the list of tips, the best way to get into travelling alone is to just jump in and get started. You can start by booking a vacation that caters to solo travelers, such as a surf camp package at Chica Brava! We have solo travelers come all the time, so a trip here is a great way to get your feet wet (literally, we’re on the ocean!).
Here are my top 10 tips for traveling alone over the age of 50.
- Make a plan. Set a destination and go! Do some research, set a time frame, and decide what you would like to do and see.
- Talk to fellow travelers and locals. The best way to learn about a new place is through conversation. Don’t be afraid to ask fellow travelers what you should do while you are there or the locals where the best spots at. Hey, they might just show you themselves
- Be open minded. It is tempting to stick to a strict schedule, but some of the best hidden gems are not found on Lonely Planet. If someone says you must visit a certain place before you leave, do it! Some of the best experiences come from spontaneity.
- Study the language. Make an effort to learn a few word or phrases before you go traveling. People like to know you are trying to make an effort even if you think you sound silly, and you might make some new friends.
- Try some new food. It’s easy to live off fast food when traveling alone, but allow yourself the pleasure of trying the culture’s food. Taste it, embrace it, and savor it!
- Put your phone away. This is one of the hardest with most people because we all want to capture the moment to share with the rest of your family and friends, but sometimes it’s good to just enjoy the moment. You don’t need to document every good sunset or meal, just enjoy it.
- Do something you wouldn’t do with others. The best part about traveling solo is the freedom that comes with it. You make the rules!! Spend your days doing what makes you happy.
- Go with the flow. When traveling, not everything will go as expected. The rain may ruin your beach day or you may miss the bus you were supposed to take. Don’t stress over the little things and allow yourself to be able to adapt to the situations.
- Immerse yourself in the culture. What makes a traveler different from a tourist is the ability to embrace and accept the different ways of living. Dive in! Become part of the community!
- Don’t be afraid of being by yourself. Being by yourself for some time might sound scary, but you may learn to love your own company. And hey, you might learn a thing or two about yourself.