Being alone doesn’t mean being lonely!Recently I prefer traveling alone because I can explore more the places and my ability to connect, communicate, and learn. I call this walkandlearn solo travel. Here some of my personal tips to enjoy this based on my traveling activities in Japan.
1. Know your interest and just go for it. Example, you’re interested in food, then just go eat and explore. This you can’t really donwhen going with other people with different interests. You would have to deal which places to visit. When alone, you could have more time to enjoy.
2. Choose anything convenient for you, save as much as you can, spend as much as the best value you can give. Again, you don’t need compromising for this. You can treat yourself the best cafe then choose bus instead of taxi to commute. You can do this planned or unplanned. Unplanned decisions are sometimes really fun.
3. Try to connect more to other people. Last time I saw 3 boys were climbing stones to a temple. Randomly, I said I wanted to join them. We didn’t know each other’s names even until I said good bye. It’s nice sometimes to be connected for a very short time. Short but big impact.
4. Memories is important. Take pictures as much and as fast as you can! Instead of selfies, I prefer having a deep discussion with someone then asking them to take my pictures. Believe me, they would do it happily so it results in good picts. You also can use tripod or any other tools to avoid selfies. I am using a 100JPY gozila pod that made my phone screen broke two times. Should think of buying something a lil bit more expensive.
5. Be light! Would not need to bring big camera if you’re not so into photography. You can use mirrorless or phone camera. I only use phone.
6. Hire a travel guide if you can. Try to prepare this before the day or just go to the travel information center at the day. In Japan, travel information center can give you a lot of information. If you’re lucky you can get special services or free guides/volunteers!
7. Be prepared in details, like internet connection or map, power bank, drink, and small foods, cause getting lost is the funnest part in solo traveling.
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