Afraid of travelling alone? No? But I used to be. Frankly speaking, I was really afraid of travelling alone a few years back. I always preferred to travel in the company of at least a few friends. This was because I did not have even the foggiest idea about how to amuse myself while travelling alone. I could not tell myself where to go and what to do without my friends while in a strange land.
But then, things changed themselves almost abruptly when, in 2014, I was in London accompanied by three of my fast friends. We had arrived there on a powerful truck with retractable truck steps and, incidentally, all my three friends had to leave out of their respective domestic problems. Consequently, for the first time in my life, I was left all alone in London where I had never been before.
At first, I got scared and thought of leaving for home at once. I was staying in a hotel near an auto market where there were a lot of bumpers for trucks, buses, jeeps, etc. I mustered up my whole courage and decided to face the things confidently and boldly. The terrifying unawareness of the surroundings and the sheer loneliness were really discouraging me. But, the very thought of the obvious loss of time, energy and money hindered me from leaving London as such. I pondered hard over the whole situation and devised a few tactics following which enabled me to spend a whole week in London quite jubilantly.
Here is the final shape of the methodology I followed and amused myself even more than I would have done otherwise. If you also happen to travel alone at times, do follow these useful tips.
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Be well-composed all the time
Getting nervous or confused all the time about where to go and how to reach the selected place while in a strange land is natural with all the people. Likewise, having no awareness about the local modes of transportation is also another fussy issue. All this will only enhance your stress of being alone, but you have got to be cool and calm. What you should do is to take out your mobile set and search for the best places around online. You will also find their exact location and the best means of transportation to reach there. Your strong and calm nerves will help you get out of this phobia and confusion. So, be well-composed all the time.
Talk to the locals
Shyness and humility must be there, but here you must have to show the courage to talk to the local people for an easy and perfect guideline. When I was left alone in London, I consulted with the locals and they guided me to my relief and satisfaction. It also helped me get familiar with the local culture and trends. It then became quite easy for me to opt the things sensibly. Maybe, you also make some friends there and this thing will help you even further.
Talk to other travellers
Sometimes, it does happen that the locals do not feel comfortable talking with the foreigners on account of the difference in language or culture. They may also be quite busy with their own engagements and are not easy to talk with you. You must never feel it or take it to your ego. Just try to talk to some other foreign travellers and develop an understanding with them. You may understand each other fairly easily because you are in the same boat. I myself did so with the happy result that I made two very good friends over there. They were from Canada and we still communicate with one another quite often.
Read a good book during down times
Having no friend around in your hotel room, you may start getting alone and bored. At such a moment, you must take out some interesting book or novel and amuse yourself reading it. You may also do so when you are asked to keep waiting for your ticket to get ready in some two to three hours. This will never bore or frustrate you to make you think that you are all alone there.