Let’s get one thing clear from the start. As a solo traveller, the beauty is you get to do what you want. Your terms. Your rules. No compromise. For a general overview, check out this post here . But now let’s get into the nitty gritty.
Look, if you’re like me, we’re on a limited timeframe and that’s determined by how much PTO we have. So first, figure out what kind of vacation you’re looking for. Are you the type who wants to lounge on a beach sipping on drinks with little umbrellas sticking out of them? Or do you want to explore ruins of an ancient culture? Maybe you’re a foodie and want to eat at all the 3 star Michelin star restaurants in the words or just visit a city by blindly throwing darts at a map. Whatever your taste, figure out what kind of travel interests you the most. It’s your money and time, do what you want.
Sticking with that theme, don’t let others pressure you into doing things you don’t want to do. I’ve definitely been to my fair share of tourist sites that I had little desire to see for no other reason that to say that I’ve been. Looking back, it was a pretty big waste of time. The Eiffel tower is nice, but the best observation deck is the lowest deck and I’ll take the view from atop the Arc de Triomphe anyday. The Louvre is nice but massively overcrowded and the Mona Lisa looks like it’s about the size of a postcard…pass. Walking around a market and seeing and eating food I’m not sure was swimming or running an hour ago? Count me in!
The point is to do what interests you. I’m not a big fan of “top 10 sites you must see” or any other form of list when travelling. After doing this for years, I don’t feel obligated to see and do things everyone else seems think is a MUST. I feel that the things I do sound exciting when I retell it to my friends because I was excited to be there. Sure, I’ll go see some sites to check it out, but those memories tend to fade faster than the one made doing something I really enjoy.
I’m the type of person who really likes to pack in as much as I can on a trip. If that means late nights and early wake up calls, then so be it. But I understand that isn’t for everyone. Remember that this is your trip and if you leave happy, that’s all that matters.