One of the most common questions I get when I travel on my own is “do you ever get lonely?”. Yes, of course I do. I’m not invincible, there are times when I am perfectly fine seeing the world in all its grandeur, but there are plenty of times when I wish I had someone with me to share in different experiences.
Luckily, it’s 2016, and there are numerous ways to stay connected with everyone back home.
Wifi. How did people live without it? If you have wifi, you can skype, use whatsapp, FaceTime on IPhones and use Facebook.
International calling plans. I shopped around for a while to decide which plan was best for me. I currently have AT&T as my domestic plan, but T-Mobile will be my carrier when I’m abroad. For a little under $90, I’ll have unlimited texts, 6gb of data, and calls are $.20 a minute. Yes, it can get pricy, but who wants to spend all of their time on the phone when there’s so much to see and do on your travels?
I’m also very excited to just unplug for a few days here and there. We have our phones glued to our hands way too much. No, I may not always be able to google those life changing questions like “is butter a carb?” or “how long do sea turtles live?”, but I will be able to put my phone down and have a conversation with a new friend, a Buddhist monk, or myself on a beach.
A word of advice – don’t sweat asking people to take a picture of you when you want to keep a memory. Also, offer to take pictures for others as well. A little kindness goes a long way!
So yes, traveling alone can get lonely. However, being alone and being lonely are not mutually exclusive.