Hostels cater for visitors of all ages, they’re not limited to young backpackers. As well as providing affordable and often central accommodation from dorm rooms to single rooms, hostels are a great way to meet people. Larger hostels will have organised activities, such as social drinks, to help people get to know each other.
Don’t miss out on the experience of a good restaurant just because you’re dining solo. You could opt for an early dinner and avoid the couples, although you will encounter families. If it’s too awkward eating alone in a restaurant then make lunch your biggest meal of the day and opt for a small dinner.
It can get lonely and boring without someone to talk to and there are only so many sightseeing hours in one day. Pack a book, load your phone with music, or watch videos from an online streaming service during downtime.
It’s not always possible to avoid looking like a tourist but minimise it as best you can and avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself. Know the areas that aren’t safe after dark and avoid them, make sure your clothing is culturally appropriate, and always travel with insurance.
You are at the mercy of no one’s schedule but your own. Enjoy the experience and make it memorable.
Take lots of photos to remember your trip – selfie sticks are optional – and to show your friends and family back home.
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