If you are an introvert, traveling with other people may be too exhausting. Some people may not like the destination you are going to, food, transportation, and more. But this is not the main reason. Sometimes traveling with others makes the trip grueling because you cannot enjoy it alone.
For extroverts, it can be easier to be in places surrounded by people and go to parties in the place they are visiting. Introverts, on the other hand, are more reserved; they prefer the quietest places and want to spend most of their time alone, especially during traveling. Traveling is one of the most amazing experiences in every person’s life. If you cannot enjoy it, what is the point?
For introverts, it is advisable to choose the right time to go on vacation. You can go in the low season to places with a medium to small population density. Of course, sometimes, to visit the site you want to see, you have to accept that there will be a lot of people.
However, if you are going to visit a place that is already crowded, choose the dates with less influx of tourists. It will help you feel less anxious, and you will be able to enjoy the whole process of traveling.
If you know that you want a quiet and peaceful rest, traveling to a very touristy place, no matter how beautiful it may seem to you or how much you want to go, may not be the best option.
The good thing about choosing a place that is not very touristy and with a small population is that you do not have to worry about choosing certain dates. You will also know that there will be fewer distractions, anxiety, and other unpleasant feelings.
How to enjoy your vacation
Broadly speaking, when preparing for the trip that you have been waiting for, take into account the following information:
- Make a list of sites that you know you want to go to and stick to it. Remember: since your goal is to make the trip as peaceful as possible, avoid crowded places.
- Do not forget the date of the trip. If you know that you usually prepare everything slowly, put all the necessary items at least three days before setting out on a journey.
- Make sure you take all the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, wallet, documents, skincare products, medicines, and clothes (including pajamas).
Choosing the vacation spot
Even financial constraints are not an excuse nowadays when so many travel blogs can help you organize cheap vacations.
As for the site itself, there are many different options, depending on the type of introvert you are, as well as your current emotional state and needs. The best options may be the countryside or the beach. If you are still thinking about which country you want to visit, Slovenia, Iceland, Switzerland, and Denmark are considered the best options for introverts.
The idea is to go as relaxed as possible, at your own pace, without haste and pressure. If you cannot relax, you will not enjoy the trip.
Visit a country/place full of natural parks, where you can lose yourself in nature, and feel calm and comfortable in the immensity of a wild environment free of crowds. Rural tourism is gaining popularity, and today there are many interesting options for accommodation and activities that are respectful of nature.
However, if you are an introvert, it does not mean that you can only like quiet and peaceful places. If you want to have more fun, go to countries that have a lot to offer tourists. Italy, Spain, Australia, Greece, and Thailand are considered the best countries for tourism.
You can participate in exciting activities (extreme sports, amusement park adventures, parties, street shows) as long as you prepare yourself before going. Some introverts enjoy attention. If you are one of such people, find something enjoyable for yourself.
Tips for traveling alone as an introvert
- Sit down and think about your needs and see if the destination you have chosen satisfies you.
- Keep in mind that fate may not be as you imagined. You may get discouraged or lose the desire to do many things, or you may get bored. Think about what you can do in case that happens. Take books or look for a nearby town where you can talk to someone or do an activity to entertain yourself. Have a plan B prepared if something bores you, you do not like it or it stresses you out.
- Having some experience of connection with people can be very comforting and motivating. A simple smile, a kind gesture, knowing the country’s language, or talking with a foreigner can be a very enriching experience. After all, introverts are not antisocial, they just sometimes do not have the courage or energy to comply with superficial social conventions.
- When traveling, you will probably want to meet new people and make new friends. Before sharing anything about yourself during the chat with a person you barely know, make sure to check their identity on Nuwber or any other source you trust. Safety always comes first. Even if you think that the person you met is kind and cannot do anything wrong, it is necessary to play safe.
- If you go alone to a tourist place, look up how many people usually visit this place. Wear headphones to isolate yourself acoustically and physically from others and distribute the visits according to how your energy fluctuates throughout the day.
- Rest well, go at your own pace, talk about what you want to talk about, do not force yourself to do something you do not want to do, and ask for help if you need it.
If you are an introvert, you do not have to isolate yourself from traveling to places you want to visit. Now it is possible to do and find anything your heart desires. Embrace your uniqueness and never blame yourself for being too shy or taciturn.