Traveling alone can be scary and liberating at the same time. After all, you don’t want to hold yourself back if your spouse or partner doesn’t want to travel. You don’t want to hold yourself back if your friends don’t want to travel. If you appear confident when you travel, you won’t have a problem. Many people travel alone and so can you. All you have to do is decide that you want to travel alone and go for it.
How to Appear Confident While Travelling Alone
Hold your head up high! If you walk with your head down, you won’t appear to have confidence when you travel alone. Walk down the street with your head held high and own your power! Stand up straight and square your shoulders. Act like a traveler and not a tourist!
Look people in the eye. Make eye contact with people. Mind where you are because some cultures believe looking people in the eyes is rude. However, you don’t want to look away from people. Looking people in the eye will make you appear confident while travelling alone. It says, “I’m aware of my surroundings.” You want to look people in the eye and not turn away from them, especially if you’re a foreigner in a foreign land.
Act like you know the area. If it’s your first time traveling alone, act like a ‘seasoned’ traveler. Walk into stores and restaurants as if you’ve been there before. Relax and enjoy your travels.
Speak to people. Don’t be afraid to speak to people and ask them to point you in the right direction if you’re lost. Most importantly, don’t ‘freak out’ if you are lost. Act nonchalant and know that you’ll find your way. Also, speaking to locals is a great way to find out about the latest restaurants and night life. Areas change all of the time, and the locals will know what’s happening in the area.
Read about your destination(s) before you leave. You don’t have to know everything about your destinations but it’s important to know the basics, especially when it comes to history. There are some countries that have more tragic histories than others. It’s important to know about these histories so you don’t say something that could potentially start a heated discussion. Of course, you can’t be responsible for peoples’ reactions but it’s better to be safe than sorry when you’re travelling alone.
You can appear confident while travelling alone. The key is to decide to be confident. Traveling alone can be scary but it can be freeing. Once you travel alone, you won’t stop traveling. There’s no reason for you to sit within your ‘four’ walls because you’re too scared to travel alone. Start traveling throughout your own state/country by yourself until you feel truly confident to travel internationally by yourself. Be bold and have the confidence to travel alone. In actuality, you’re never truly alone, it just seems that way. Happy travels!