Travelling solo is amazing; you meet people from all over the world, you accomplish so many things, you can do what you want – within reason. However some times, shit hits the fan and you might end up in a slightly sticky situation, with no one to talk to. I am part of some awesome travel groups on Facebook, mainly groups for women, travelling all over the globe. The support on these groups is amazing to see; it is an online community of girls giving advice and tips to fellow travellers.I see a lot of girls having a rubbish day, feeling a bit down, or lonely; they reach out to the groups for a pick-me up. That’s the thing about travel, sometimes it isn’t amazing. There is the view that everyday is an adventure, everyday is sitting on a beach drinking cocktails, or climbing a mountain. It’s not. Sometimes you are sat on a bus for 16 hours, or you are down to your last $10 without knowing where your next dollar will come from, sometimes your heart is broken and sometimes you are stuck in a new country with no one around to socialise with. Now I’m not moaning, the good far outweighs the bad when travelling, I’m just saying not every day is awesome. So with each new post on Facebook, talking about down days, I thought I would put together a list of things I do when I am feeling a bit down while traveling.
- Go for a walk
Walking around a new town or city is my favourite way to see a place anyway, as you end up finding different spots you may not have otherwise found. If I’m ever feeling a bit lost, or bored, I will head off on a walk and try to find something interesting. It’s always a great way to clear your head.
2. Have a pamper session.
Hostels generally are pretty sociable places, but sometimes you get to one and you find yourself all on your lonesome. One of my best pick-me-ups, is to have a mini pamper session. Have a shower, do a hair mask, moisturise, paint your nails or grab a cheap face mask from the supermarket.
Exercise always makes you feel a bit better. I am not great at exercising, but if I’m feeling bit down on the road, I’ll go for a run. Blast some pumping tunes, run somewhere scenic, and it’s guaranteed to sort you out.
4. Go to the beach
The beach is my favourite place. I actually prefer it early evening, when it’s not too busy and the sun is just going down. The ocean is just so calming!
5. Get lost in a book
So your life is just a bit shit right now. Get immersed in someone else’s. A good book is bound to take your mind off things, at least for a little while.
6. Go for lunch/dinner/drink on your own
Just getting out of your hotel or hostel, will make you feel better. Eating alone can be a bit daunting initially, but just find somewhere chilled out. If you can grab a seat at the bar, it is always easier to start chatting to the staff, or other customers.
7. Skype a friend.
It always makes you feel better to talk to someone who knows you. Combine some of the other ideas – get out and walk to a cafe and then Skype a friend, parent, sibling.
8. Write a journal
Writing down how your feeling helps you get it all out. It helps you organise your thoughts and re-reading what you have written, will help you understand what is wrong and help you figure out how to make it better.
9. Write down why you’re traveling.
It is easy to get a bit lost when you are travelling. Sometimes the current situation, can take over why you are travelling in the first place. Whether it is heartbreak, a crappy job, or just a place that doesn’t feel right; when something goes wrong it is easy to want to pack it all in and head home. If you aren’t happy in a situation, you should try to change it. Write down why you went travelling in the first place and figure out where you want to go from here, and how you can get to that point.
10. Do something you enjoy.
Go and do something. If you stay in your room feeling sorry for yourself, as much as you may want to, its not going to help. If you are travelling, you will be in a new place far from home. So go and make the most of it. Go swimming, hiking, skateboarding, surfing, scuba diving, bungee jumping. Whatever it is, go and push yourself to try something new, you will have a great sense of accomplishment afterwards and it will make travelling even more worthwhile again. Or if you’re not feeling to adventurous, do something you enjoy – paint a picture, take photographs, or maybe put together a scrapbook of all your travel souvenirs so far.