Last updated September 2, 2023
For introverts, travel can often present challenges. But who says you have to socialize and/or feel claustrophobic while you travel? We share six travel tips for introverts to help build self-confidence and embrace the travel world around you.
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Are You a Travel Introvert?
Introverts are not necessarily loners nor are they shy. They just prefer to navigate without the loud noise of crowds and forced social time.
And this is not a bad thing. In fact, introverts make ideal travelers. They tend to get more out of travel because they are self-aware and know where they fit in. Big city or countryside, a travel introvert actually enjoys the energy of any destination.
Six Travel Tips for Introverts
While being an introvert comes with many stereotypes—read stuck-up, rude or anti-social—it shouldn’t stop an introvert from traveling. We share below six travel tips for introverts to get you booking the vacation of your dreams.
1. Own Your Experience
Some introverts like to explore on their own, while others may like to mingle (when it suits them, of course). So it’s best to choose a destination based on your personality and expectations—and plan your itinerary accordingly.
Remember, the world is your oyster. Big cities such as London, Paris and the Big Apple shouldn’t be shunned. They provide ample opportunities to watch the world go by. Plus there’s something to do practically around the clock. Smaller cities are obviously quieter and tend to move at a slower pace. National parks offer awe-inspiring scenery with their wide open spaces.
2. Retreat It
Attending a meditation or yoga retreat might seem counterintuitive, but there’s a good chance that you will bump into like-minded individuals. Most retreat schedules allow for downtime, allowing you personal freedom without the pressure of socializing. Monasteries are also places of peace for introverts.
3. One Is the Magic Number
As an introvert, the thought of group travel and all that socializing may leave you running on empty. Enter solo travel.
Introverts love alone time and a solo trip has multiple benefits. You can choose where to go, when to do something, what to eat and even how long to sleep.
Solo travel can be exhausting, though. That said, spending time with yourself allows you to observe, reflect and recharge. You don’t have to go-go-go every day and explore every corner of a city. You can simply take a walk in the evening, watch the sunset and end the day with a quiet dinner.
4. Power of Slow Travel
Slow travel doesn’t mean you travel more slowly. It’s about taking the time to grasp and absorb the beauty of your surroundings. Slow travel is a great concept for introverts. You won’t feel overwhelmed and you won’t feel the anxiety from a hectic schedule. Planning a slow day will give you a different travel experience.
Pro-tip: Wake up early, journal or read. This sets the tone for the day.
5. Talk to Strangers
Small talk is the biggest challenge of an introvert. But what happens when you feel lonely? You can search events or lectures that interest you to meet people with similar interests.
In such scenarios, you are in a different place. Nobody knows you. Moreover, traveling calls for trying new adventures.
Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask people. When you’re not feeling it, politely end the conversation. With practice, you will become a smooth talker.
6. Join a Tour
This is one of the safest ways to explore a new place—but try to join a smaller, more intimate-sized tour (rather than a large group tour). Keep in mind, there is no rule that you have to interact with other tour members.
One Last Travel Tip for Introverts
While traveling as an introvert can be daunting, there is nothing more fun than challenging yourself. Here are a few things to bring along:
- Books and/or Kindle
- A pair of noise-cancelling headphones
- Binoculars for when you’re out in nature
- A small journal to jot down your feelings as you pass through different places
If you feel intimidated by the thought of travel, get in touch with Vacayou’s travel concierge team. They are more than happy to help you find the perfect wellness vacation that suits your needs.
About the author: Mariel Van Tatenhove is a self-proclaimed introvert and this article is an extension of her personal experiences and strategies that have worked for her. When she is not reading or traveling, you will find her sipping coffee while listening to music. Her wish is to inspire people to travel the world and experience the beauty that lies beyond their busy lives.