Traveling as an introvert can be difficult. When you travel, you are often surrounded by people- in tourist locations, in hostels, in restaurants and bars… However, there is no need to stay behind or exhaust your vacation time. Here are a few tips to help all the introverts out there make the most of their vacations!
Bring a journal
This journal will become your baby- your solstice. It will mend you during those times when you need to take a step away from the crazy hostel life and re-energize in a private space all of your own. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to remember every spectacular moment and memory you had while traveling abroad?
Plan for down-time
Don’t be afraid to say no to doing ~everything~ while abroad. Let’s face it, it’s impossible to do and see everything anyways. So if you need to take a personal day in a hip café in Berlin, or at the beach in Barcelona, don’t feel bad. Put yourself first every once and a while and relax.
Visit the great outdoors!
Avoid humans all together by indulging in nature! Sit in a park, go whitewater rafting for a day, take a road trip through a national park, hike on a well-travelled path… The possibilities are endless! Always be safe and maybe don’t go bouldering by yourself (see: 127 Hours).
Accessorize (with a sleepmask, headphones, and book)
Putting an introvert in the middle seat of a tiny RyanAir plane or in the middle of a crowded train station is our worst nightmere. But have no fear! The easiest way to ignore talking to strangers is putting in those headphones and jamming to your favorite song. (Pro tip: If you do sleep, keep your belongings close- you don’t want to get pickpocketed)
Make your camera your companion
As an introvert, I’m also an observer, and there’s no better way to observe than behind the lens of your camera. Snap pictures of children, buildings, first dates- the possibilities are endless. But don’t forget to put down the camera every now and then- life beyond the lens is pretty great too!
Just travel solo!
It’s okay to eat dinner on your own, to wander the streets at your own pace, and plan your own vacations with your own preference. Life is too good to stay still.
Where will you travel next?