Lonely moments come and go when you travel, just like at home. It is just about finding the right way to get rid of that demon.

Rescue yourself alone approach:

    • Friends and family are always glad to get postcards, my personal favourites are: any city by night (read: neon and kitsch) or showing traditional customs (read: riding on pigs or mariachis with brand new sneakers). Or take the easy way out, and go online.
    • Post an interesting experience on your blog or send it to your friends to make you remember how lonely and sad your life is, or rather how exiting your journey actually is.
    • Write in your journal, or skip to the next point.
    • Turn your loneliness into creativity – take photos of yourself! After some days on a tiny Mexican beach my creativity was definitely on top if measured in self-portraits..
    • Listen to your favourite music, nothing like a great soundtrack to lift the spirit!
    • Go to the cinema, and discover your love for English subtitles or any movie in an understandable language.
    • Visit a museum or an exhibition, have a look at art and people.
    • Eat something you really like and go to bed early, it is amazing how much a good meal and some sleep can do for you. Early to bed and early to rise, that makes a woman healthy, wealthy and wise – at least after some breakfast and coffee.
    • Do something for your own well-being, whether it is sports or a manicure. Personally I would go for a run first and then go get the Brazilian flag painted on each nail.
    • Find out where you can receive packages (like the main post office or your hostel), and tell your folks back home to send you something personal from home. Nothing beats liquorice and milk-chocolate from home, and not to forget a bonus postcard of my hometown by night.
    • Ask for tips on what to do at the local tourist information if there is one. You might even meet some friendly tourists there

Next time: the “find new friends approach”


Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.