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A Guide to Solo Traveling: How to Enjoy Trips Better by Yourself

Have you ever been caught mid-movie munching on popcorn, only to see pitying glances from nearby couples? Or maybe you’ve braved a solo restaurant adventure, feeling like a loner amidst groups of happy diners. Society’s really got a funny way of judging folks who fly solo.

But you know what? Flying solo is awesome, especially when it comes to travel. Sure, the thought of exploring uncharted territories alone might sound daunting, but solo traveling is an adventure that can transform you, inside and out.

In this article, we will share some tips on why you should do a solo traveler trip and how to enjoy it better. This journey is all about you!

Why you should travel solo, at least once in your life

Solo travel is like that spicy, exotic dish you were hesitant to try but ended up loving. It’s an adventure of self-discovery, independence, and unadulterated freedom. Here are more reasons as to why you should try solo traveling:

Time to reflect

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Ever craved quiet time to reflect on life’s deep mysteries while gazing at a majestic mountain range? Solo traveling is your answer!

Unlike traveling with friends or family, you don’t have to be around people if you don’t want to. it’s just you, your thoughts, and a backdrop of new and exhilarating experiences. No distractions, no one else’s preferences or opinions to consider.

As you navigate unfamiliar streets and encounter new cultures, you’ll inevitably find yourself questioning your own beliefs and assumptions. It’s a humbling experience that opens your eyes to the vast tapestry of human experience, reminding you that there’s always more to learn and explore. 

Planning freedom

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Ditch the itinerary debates! Design your dream trip without compromise. Want to spend three hours exploring a quirky museum? Do it! Feeling adventurous? Take a detour and get lost in a charming village. Need a whole day in nature? Go hike the nearby route!

Remember that time your travel buddy insisted on visiting a boring gift shop for two hours? Well, you don’t have to deal with that if you’re solo traveling.

Also Read: 5 Best Solo Hiking Tips for Beginners

A chance to find your best self

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When you’re out there traveling solo, you’re bound to bump into a few snags along the way. And that, my friend, is where your problem-solving skills get to shine—or sweat, depending on how you look at it.

Sure, it might sound downright terrifying, pushing you to the very edge of your capabilities. But once you’ve navigated through those challenges, your confidence and sense of self-empowerment will skyrocket!

Also Read: The Only Traveling Checklist You’ll Ever Need for Trips and Holidays

How to enjoy traveling solo

Traveling solo can be fun and easy. But let’s be real—it can also be downright terrifying, especially if you’re stepping into uncharted solo-travel territory.

But fear not, because there are plenty of tricks up our sleeves to turn solo travel from nerve-racking to 1000% more fun. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Connect with strangers and locals

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Solo doesn’t always mean lonely. Strike up conversations with locals or fellow travelers; you can chat with fellow travelers, join online communities, or use apps like Couchsurfing or Meetup. Shared experiences or tips can enrich your journey and lead to unexpected lifelong friendships.

You can also try hitting up some street food stalls or the trendiest local cafes to meet all sorts of cool local folks. If you’re lucky enough to bump into a kind-hearted local, they might even be your friend and offer to be your tour guide for the duration of your journey.

Ask to be taken to those hidden gems only locals know about. Trust Bob, those places? They’re nowhere to be found on the group trip itineraries plastered all over the internet!

Also Read: Traveling Alone: Your Chance to Make the Friendship of a Lifetime

Join walking tours

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One of the best ways to explore a new place is to join a walking tour. You can learn about the history, culture, and landmarks of the city while enjoying the scenery and the atmosphere. It’s also a great way to meet new people who share your curiosity.

Cities like Bandung, Jakarta, and Yogyakarta offer walking tours that can give you insider access to hidden gems and fascinating stories behind the sights.

Take a look at the program offered by Jakarta Good Guide (@jktgoodguide on Instagram) for instance. Jakarta Good Guide is this cool community that offers a “pay-as-you-wish” concept for their walking tours.

They’ve got a bunch of regular routes to some of Jakarta, Indonesia’s coolest spots like the Old Town, China Town, Museum Tour, the National Monument, and more. Every now and then, they spice things up with different routes, especially over the weekends.

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But Jakarta isn’t the only city with this kind of vibe going on. There are similar communities in other Indonesian cities like Yogyakarta (@joggoodguide), Bandung (@bandunggoodguide), Palembang (@plggoodguide), and Medan (@mdngoodguide).

The concept is simple: you’ll wander around the city, hitting up cool places on foot and hopping on public transport. And don’t worry, you’re not going solo—there’s a guide provided. They’ll dish out all the deets about the places you’re visiting. 

Each walking tour lasts about 2-3 hours and covers a distance of roughly 3-5 km. Now, because it’s a pay-as-you-wish tour, at the end, you can tip the guide whatever amount feels right to you, based on how awesome you thought the tour was.

If you’re itching to give it a go, keep an eye on their Instagram for the latest tour info. And if you’re ready to dive in, just fill out the Google Form on their official website.

Plan what to do, where to eat, where to stay

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Knowing what you want to do, where to eat, and where to stay lifts a huge weight off your shoulders. Researching and having a rough plan will save you time and stress.

Pick a few spots that aren’t too far from each other or are easily accessible by public transport to visit in one day. That way, you won’t spend all your precious adventure time just getting from point A to point B.

You can use online resources, such as blogs, reviews, or guides, to help you map out your journey. You can also ask for recommendations from other travelers or locals. However, you should also be flexible and adaptable, in case things don’t go as planned. Sometimes, it’s the unplanned detours that uncover hidden gems and become the true highlights of your trip!

Also Read: How to Survive as Solo Female Traveler

Go with the flow

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Sure, planning is key, but don’t fall into the trap of over-planning and turning your trip into a military operation. Leave some room for spontaneity, my friend, because that’s where the real magic happens.

Carve out some blank spaces in your itinerary and use that time to just chill. Maybe lounge by the pool, dive into a good book at an outdoor café, explore the nearby traditional markets, or whatever floats your boat.

Take a moment to soak in the vibes of the city you’re visiting. Get a feel for the locals, suss out the public transport routes, and scope out where the locals chow down—it’s all part of the adventure!

Stay in a safe accommodation

Traveling solo also means you have to be more careful and vigilant. You should choose a safe and reliable accommodation that can provide you with comfort and security. So, maybe think twice before booking that too-good-to-be-true cheap hostel, okay?

But hey, no need to sweat, because Bobopod and Bobocabin have got your back. Bobopod’s your go-to capsule hotel, offering all the cozy vibes and conveniences for city slickers on a budget. On the flip side, if you’re craving a slice of nature with a side of futuristic tech, Bobocabin’s glamping experience is where it’s at.

You can choose Bobocabin or Bobopod depending on your preference and budget. Both options are equipped with a QR door lock system, which ensures your safety and privacy. Lost keys or uninvited guests? Not on our watch. Only you can pop into your room with a QR Code right on your phone.

You can also enjoy our high-tech facilities, such as a smart TV, a B-Pad, a Bluetooth speaker, and a mood lamp. Plus, you can count on our excellent service and friendly staff to make your stay more pleasant and convenient.

Also Read: Solo Traveler? Live the Life, but Stay Safe!

Bobopod and Bobocabin: A Solo Traveler Sanctuary

Sometimes, the journey to exploring the world’s wonders and uncovering layers of yourself requires a solo voyage. It’s in these moments of solitude that we often find clarity, adventure, and unexpected joy.

As you embark on this solo journey, let Bobobox be the companion that ensures your safety, comfort, and a touch of futuristic fun. With locations across the country, we’re ready to be your home away from home.

Ready for an adventure that’s all about you? Download the Bobobox app today, and let’s make your solo travel dreams a reality. Who knows? This might just be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—with the world, and more importantly, with yourself.


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Writer: Syifa



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