Solo Travel Activities: 10 Things to Do By Yourself in a New City

Kacey Mya
January 16, 2024

Starting out on your first solo trip can feel awkward, and it might seem strange to explore places unaccompanied. Encountering unfamiliar areas and different traditions can be intimidating when you aren't experiencing the journey with another person. However, traveling by yourself can also open up even more possibilities and be extremely fulfilling.

When you take a trip on your own, you have the freedom to choose each day's activities and stops. You get full control of how long you admire monuments and breathtaking views. Navigating new cities alone is a thrilling experience! Here are some ideas to fill your itinerary.

1. Treat Yourself to a Nice Restaurant

Nothing should hold you back from making a reservation at one at the best eateries in town. While you may have to overcome some nervousness, dress up and make your way to a highly rated restaurant to sample the cuisine. If you feel like you're missing out on an opportunity for conversation, ask the waiter to seat you at the bar. You can talk with the bartender or other people sitting next to you. You may even find some other solo travelers there as well.

2. Meander Through a Museum

With time on your hands, you can browse exhibits at your own pace. Museums are excellent representations of cities, so you can appreciate a deeper understanding of the area you're visiting. You can focus on your impression of the displays and artifacts in a unique way. Allow yourself some time to reflect on your thoughts as you go without feeling rushed by a travel companion.

3. Stop by Community Events

Spending time by yourself eventually gets lonely, but you can find new friends wherever you are. To engage with locals, you can research and attend community events. Whether it's a festival, fundraiser, or mixer, you can use these opportunities to make connections. You can also see the city from an authentic perspective. A great way to browse events that peak your interest is through Meetup where you can often find local running clubs or bar meetups.

4. Go to a Comedy Show

If you feel like blending into an audience, you can catch a comedy show. Listening to funny speakers can lift your spirits and help you relax. Humor is the perfect distraction, and you can soak in the performance without worrying about others. Laughing along at the same joke can spark conversations with nearby people, too.

5. Enjoy Your Time at the Airport

When you are traveling alone, there might be a tendency to ignore your down time or rush through it. If flying is part of your solo escapade – try to slow down and enjoy your extra time. Consider taking an extra lap around the airport if you have time to kill. Search for a bite to eat or grab a quick cup of coffee at one of the shops. If you have the time, don’t be afraid to enjoy it!

6. Indulge in the Spa

A fitting way to play up your me-time is to participate in spa treatments. You can pamper yourself with a massage, facial, manicure, or pedicure. Going alone allows you to really unwind free of distractions.

7. Visit a Social Hub

Although you're alone, you can still socialize if you go to a popular bar, restaurant, or coffee shop. Pick a trendy place that's regularly busy. You can check it out to meet people and relish a lively atmosphere. There is no shortage of trendy hostels that also have bars or coffee shops on the premises. Stopping in is a great way to meet new people who are also solo traveling.

8. Listen to Live Music

Whether you search for last-minute concert tickets or you stumble on an open mic night, listening to music is a worthwhile option. You may even connect with people who enjoy the same music as you.

9. Take a Walking Tour

Getting acquainted with the city can help you adjust and orient yourself. Walking tours are interesting chances to sight-see and discover little-known facts about the region. You can also bond with your group as you experience the city together and you'll likely stumble upon other solo travelers.

10. Spend the Day Shopping

Peruse the shopping centers, downtown stores, and boutiques for a few hours. Shopping is a fun activity that can keep you occupied in a new city. You can find deals and take home souvenirs from your trip.

Make the Most of Your Solo Adventure

While you might begin your solo trip feeling uncomfortable, you can be refreshed by the end of it. Spending time exploring on your own terms is invigorating, and you can embrace self-exploration while you wander through your travel destination.

Kacey Mya
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!


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