Inherently social, travel is a great way to meet people and to reconnect with family, friends or a romantic partner. But for introverts, it can be challenging finding some much-needed alone time when travelling. Here are some travel tips for introverts to achieve a good balance between social life and self-care.
Skip the group tours
Crowds are inevitable when travelling, whether it’s at the airport or out sightseeing.With this in mind, opt for a self-guided approach which gives you more flexibility and independence than group tours. Grab a guide book or download a travel app and do things your own way in your own time.
Opt for off-peak hours to avoid crowds
If you’re heading to popular tourist hot spots, time your visit when it’s not busy to avoid crowds. Some online maps will show how busy a destination is depending on the time of day.
Pick out a few parks to take a walk
Spending time around trees has been shown in multiple studies to reduce stress and improve mood. It’s a great way to recharge, especially in crowded cities.
Pack noise-cancelling headphones
This is especially handy for planes or public transport, in case you happen to be seated next to a chatty neighbour! It can also drown out conversations within earshot and help you catch up on sleep.
Get your own room
If you’re travelling with friends, having some space to yourself is a great way to ensure you have enough “me time.” There are lots of options that don’t break the bank, whether hiring a private room in a hostel or splitting the cost of a house. Many hotels offer adjoining hotel rooms that can booked on request.
With the help of a few strategies, you can make sure your holiday isn’t too overwhelming and gives you an opportunity to recharge. Use these travel tips for introverts to balance social time and alone time and make the most of your holiday.