Solo travelers guide

Traveling on your own may seem lonely but it introduces so much of the cultural and professional level and it allows travelers to meet people from all over the world. You just have to get over the fear of loneliness which is only temporary because you always end up meeting people in a different way. Check out our best tips below!

Think about it, it will be the perfect opportunity to focus on yourself and to cultivate a sense of freedom. You'll decide what you want to do when you want to do it and where you want to go. It's also a time for you to think about what you want in your life without being influenced by the people around you on a daily basis. 

First–time solo travelers either dive in and explore the world on their own or take small steps to independence. Working abroad is actually one of the best ways to travel the world, gain experience and save up! For hospitality students and recent graduates, Placement International is a great company specializing in matching young professionals with the perfect paid opportunity abroad! Why not explore the world and gain experience with your dream industry? It’s the best of both worlds! 

In case you are planning on heading out on a solo adventure, here are some of our best tips! 

Stay in a dynamic place 

Hotels and Airbnb apartments are nice when you want some alone time and privacy, but they are not the most convenient accommodation options for the solo traveler experience. Think about other possibilities, like hostels! If you don't like sharing a dorm, that's not a problem either, as most hostels have single rooms. Plus, they have common areas where you can meet people from all over the world! Although most people are under 30, you will find that you will meet people of all ages with incredible stories. If you don't want to stay in hostels, search for accommodations with lively common areas where you can meet people.

Organize Day Trips

It's fun to explore the area where you're staying on your own. Take a public bus or rent a motorcycle and go exploring! Taking an organized day trip from time to time can also be an interesting experience. Some places are hard to find hence a tour is ideal. Moreover, it is a great way to meet other people. You'll make friends in a day and they'll definitely become your tour partners!

Meet new people

Go to a bar and meet people whenever you can. Even if sometimes you don’t feel like socializing, it’s good to get out of your bubble and explore new areas! Furthermore, it depends a little bit on the place, but everywhere in the world, there are numerous bars and common areas where a lot of travelers and ex-pats go. If you’re staying at a hostel, they will know the best local places and it’s an easy way to make friends.  Make sure to do some research on your destination and the social scene to be prepared! 

Volunteer work

When you're staying somewhere for a few weeks or even months, volunteering at local hostels is a good way to feel more at home! Or perhaps there is an expatriate group that is organizing an event that you can participate in. It’s a great way to gain more experience, meet new people and do something different! 

Have a positive attitude

This doesn't mean you have to say yes to everything. However, it does mean you have to have an open mind and a positive attitude towards new people and adventures. Try to participate in most, if not all opportunities that you are given, even if they aren’t something you’re used to. In most cases, you will surely be pleasantly surprised or end up having a wonderful experience!

Remain online & create memories

Although of course, it is not recommended to be on your phone all day, social media is a good way to meet other people as well. Facebook, for example, has various groups, whether it's a travel or a specific location group. There you can ask questions or find fellow travelers following the same route as you. Plus, there are some great apps for meeting people, like Couchsurfing. It's a great way to meet locals and make genuine connections across the world. 

Now, do you feel secure now about traveling on your own? If your answer is yes, the best way to find out about various internship opportunities is to seek the help of a company that specializes in offering internships or jobs abroad. There are currently many companies that can help you achieve your goal.  One of them is Placement International, a company that specializes in the hospitality industry and offers paid internships, management training programs, and jobs in the most luxurious hotels and restaurants in the United States to many people who want to develop their careers in the hospitality industry abroad. 

In addition, Placement International also offers visa assistance and stands by your side to ensure that you enjoy your trip and work experience.

To learn more about how Placement International can help you find a job at a luxury hotel or Michelin-starred restaurant in the United States, Europe, or the Middle East, simply create a profile on the Placement International website (www.placement-int.com) or send your CV to info@placement-int.com.


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