The Globe and Mail writes:

“It’s never looked better. From shared rooms to special deals, the industry is courting the single traveller”

Travelling solo is a great way to get out and see the world; you’re left to your own devices and you have the advantage of being able to do as much (or as little) as you want. Being able to decide, on a whim, what you want to do each day can make for quite a stress-free trip.

But what do you do if you find yourself getting very sick of your own company?

It helps to pick the right time to go to certain areas: I was in Sweden in April, one year, and it was still too cold for there to be too many travellers around. Shortly after, I headed south, and there were considerably more people around to chat to.

Try to stay in hostels or backpackers’ hotels. You’re unlikely to meet anyone by staying on your own in a midrange hotel, shielded from the outside world in an airconditioned cocoon. If you dislike staying in dormitories – and who could blame you, there’s only so long a person can stand the smell of other people’s towels being hung out to air – many hostels have private rooms, these days.

Look for the hostels that have kitchens for self-caterers, and good lounge/leisure rooms; you’re far more likely to meet other people in situations where you can interact with lots of people.

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