Solo travel doesn’t intimidate you, it inspires you. Whether it’s 2 days or 2 months, you’re comfortable on your own, and maybe even prefer it that way. Because when you’re by yourself, you call the shots, being as spontaneous or structured as you want to be. And if you’ve done this before, you know that traveling alone and being alone are two very different things. In fact, friends for the day or longer are at your fingertips, helping you create a lasting social impact.
Pack Your Impact
For you, staying at a hostel is highly recommended. You’ll maintain your independence, but have friends at your fingertips when you want them. Staying at a hostel allows you to:
- Meet new people from all of the world.
- Deepen your understanding of other people and cultures through the conversations you have in your dorm room, over breakfast, or on a city tour under the guise of pure fun.
- Be welcomed into an international community of travelers with travel companions for a day or longer to help you explore the destination you’re in.
Do It Your Way
Independent travel is all about getting out of your comfort zone, which sets you on the path for making a social impact no matter where you go or what you do. All you have to do is embrace and magnify its potential:
- Participate in Meal Sharing at a resident’s home or join a MeetUp Group with locals who share similar interests.
- Volunteer at a park, soup kitchen, or with youth, or simply give your leftovers to a homeless person.
- Share images on social media and send postcards of things you learned or that surprised you, allowing friends and family back home to benefit from your enlightened perspective.
Unpack Your Impact
Whether you realize it or not, taking a solo trip is a big deal that is unfathomable to many people. If your travels can inspire even one person to take their first trip, you’ve changed the word for the better. So be sure to:
- Tell as many people about your adventures as you can.
- Offer yourself as a resource to anyone who wants to pick your brain.
- Let everyone know how to #packyourimpact.