Traveling as an introvert can be an amazing experience, but can also be a challenging one at times. Because even if you love meeting new people and discovering new cultures, you’d still need some alone time to recharge from all the socializations that you’ve done. That can be quite difficult to do, especially if you’re on the road and is out from your usual routine. Worry not though, for we listed down some tips on how you could make the most out of your overseas trip while still enjoying your precious “me” time.
Travel With a Small Group
If you’re not completely into the idea of being a lone wolf, invite one or two of your friends to join you in your trip. Even as an introvert, you’ll likely have some close friends who can serve as your travel buddies. Socializing with other groups would be easier given this set-up, since you will not be the only one doing all the small talks. Traveling in a small group also makes planning your itinerary a lot easier. Introverts are known as excellent researchers, which means you get to navigate the public transport system of your destination and find the best kept secrets of the place.
Soak Up the Local Culture
Most introverts love spending more time immersing with their surroundings and taking notes of the subtleties that most people miss. Given these traits, you get to soak up the local culture and get a better understanding of their foreign lifestyle. Immersing with the locals allows you to engage with them on a much deeper level, allowing you to see and experience the place from their perspective.
Spend Time Recharging
After dedicating some time and energy to be a social butterfly, it’s now time for you to think about your precious “me” time. You’d certainly want to use your alone time creating and reflecting on certain things. So use those long train or bus rides during your trip to relax and contemplate on your surroundings. Doing so will give an opportunity to shut the world out and continue socializing.
Unplug From the World
Since you’re recharging, then you might find it helpful to unplug from the world. Resisting the urge to check your Instagram and Twitter account will give you a chance to truly appreciate picturesque sceneries or fully engage in a book that you’ve always wanted to read. Don’t worry about posting photos or updates about your trip every now and then. Remember, this is your trip and you have every right to do whatever you want to do.
Traveling outside Singapore can be a bit challenging for any introvert, but by putting the aforementioned tips to work, you’ll definitely be able to make the most out of your much deserved vacation.