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Published on: 06 Dec 2016 by sumisbeat

Ways to pass time when you are a solo traveller

Travelling solo can be a great way to get around. You can go where you want when you want, instead of arguments between your fellow travellers about who wants to do what. But it can also be lonely at times. So how can you keep yourself entertained when you’re not busy sightseeing? Here are my tips:

Write a blog/keep a diary: Recording what you’ve seen and have been up to is a perfect way to while away time when you’re back in your accommodation at the end of the day. It also gives you the chance to share your experiences with your friendsback home. Blogs are really popular, or if you prefer old fashioned pen and paper,then keep a diary about your travels and update it at the end of each day to look back on in years to come.

Play games online: You can play so many games on your tablet, phone or laptop when travelling – everything from Scrabble to bingo and popular slot machine games where you could even win some money to help fund your travels. There are some fun games online at Wink Bingo. Remember, when using your mobile devices abroad make sure you use WiFiand switch off data roaming – otherwise you could be racking up huge data charges from your mobile provider.

Catch up on some movies: Local TV abroad is not always the quality we’re used to and what’s described as ‘Satellite TV’ in your accommodation is usually limited to BBC World News and some obscure foreign channels. Avoid all that by downloading your favourite movies or TV series onto a memory stick to take away with you. These will keep you entertained in the evenings and on long journeys. If you’re not sure how to download movies or TV series there’s some useful information at Recombu.com.

Podcasts: A podcast is another way to broadcast what you’ve been up to on your travels. You could record a short video and turn it into an ‘episode’ which people can watch or download. It takes a bit of work editing and planning to make it look professional. A lot of people choose You Tube to upload their videos. Who knows, your travels could go viral!

Become a photographer: Instead of just snapping the general selfies in front of a large rock or your bare feet on a beach, use your time to really think about what you are photographing and turn it into an art. Look at the small details in your composition and turn your photos into a story that brings to life the place you are visiting.

Learn a language:Get yourself up to speed with the local language, whether that’s listening to audio or reading a ‘teach yourself’ book. Practice what you’ve learnt when you go into a local restaurant or in your accommodation.

While travelling alone has its advantages, it’s important to be savvy. Tell the local staff at your accommodation where you’re going if you’re out somewhere remote on your own. Learn how to say ‘no’ in the local language and have any help numbers, such as the local embassy or tourist police numbers on you. Hopefully you’ll not need them but it’s always better to be prepared.

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