Travelling alone can be a great adventure. It can also be challenging at times because you are not only out of your comfort zone, but also not in control of things that are happening around you. The good news is that there are some particular skills that can help you when travelling alone. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Organisation & time management
Being organised and able to manage your time is essential when travelling alone. After all, you won’t have anyone nagging you to get ready to leave or go from place to place. You won’t have anyone to remind you of all the essential things you need to do either. Something that means you have to take responsibility for all of this yourself.
One way that you can do this is to invest in a smartwatch. One that allows you to program in reminders and set timers for things. Then even if you get engrossed in what you are doing, you can set the alarm to make sure you leave with enough time to get your bus, plane, or train.
Additionally creating a packing list can help you stay nice and organised while on the road. After all, it’s not just the initial packing of your bag, you need to get right, but each and every time you pack up your stuff and move on as well. Something that you can be sure of if you tick each item off a list as you go.
Assertiveness and confidence
Confidence is a big boon when travelling alone. In fact, it can help you to feel less vulnerable in unfamiliar places, and make friends and connections as you tour the world.
Don’t worry if you’re not the naturally confident type though because there are skills you can learn that will help.
One of these is learning how to communicate assertively. That is being clear about what you want, and being clear about your expectations and boundaries. In fact, by learning to be more assertive, you can much more easily negotiate encounters with those in other cultures while travelling. Ones where the social norms may not be the same as yours, and so could be problematic if not dealt with correctly.
Resilience and adaptability
OK, so these two are sometimes seen as qualities as well as skills. Yet there are certainly things that you can do to boost your performance in these areas. The first is to have a good grasp on yourself and your own limits. That is what you need to be at your optimum, such as the amount of sleep, contact with friends and family, time alone etc.
In fact, by knowing this, you can plan your trip around these factors. Something that means your emotional tank will be full, even if you do come across a challenge or two.
Additionally, you may wish to consider a wellness practice such as mindfulness or meditation. These can be particularly helpful in boosting resilience because the focus is on accepting the current moment as it is (warts and all) while knowing that eventually, it will change. An attitude that can be partially effective if you find yourself stranded in an unfamiliar spot or if you have the misfortune to miss an important connection during your travels.