travelling alone

Wherever you are in the world, some questions always come back: How to meet people? What can I do when I’m alone? What kind of food is common? How can you adjust easily? How can I relax when I’m stressed? The answers are in this post, just keep reading.

I recently came back to one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, the one that gives me great energy each time and I never get enough of. From beaches and gorgeous landscapes to very famous cities like  Rome, Milan, Florence, Naples…

travelling alone

Rachel in Italy © Rachel Smets

Italy!  This time, I discovered the very South of Italy, from Bari to Lecce and Otranto. Being in a new environment for some weeks gives me a lot of energy, a lot of new ideas and I rediscover answers to the most common questions about travelling or living abroad.

Travelling alone is what I’m used to. Is it lonely? NO WAY!

I truly enjoy it and can only see advantages in solo travel. In fact, when someone asks me to join, I say ‘’no’’. I love the freedom of going where I want, when I want and how long I want. If I want to sit on a bench and observe people for an hour or go in and out of shops without buying, I simply do it. No need to explain to anybody what I do or why. I just do it. But the biggest reason I like to travel alone is without a doubt: I get a chance to meet people easily! I’ll tell you how in a moment, first, check out this one minute video.

 

‘’Be HAPPY no matter what. It’s a choice.’’

How do you meet new people abroad? Where do you go? What do you talk about? How do you start a conversation? These questions are very common and one of the first things my clients ask me once they landed abroad. When we walk through some situations and create examples of conversations, they realize it’s not difficult at all. Communication happens everywhere, from the supermarket or a garden store to your new neighbour. Different people, different topics.

The one thing important to remember is that you are the newbie in town, and you’ll be the first to open a conversation with the locals. The effort should come from you, or else you may end up waiting a very long time to meet people and make friends.

Be creative, make it fun and enjoy your chats. Here’s how:

 

Take a deep breath. When you’re travelling alone, some days are great and exciting, and some days are less exciting. You are not alone on this journey. Make sure you have a ton of GREAT days!

I created more than 17 short video’s for you in this playlist and they are all just one minute, so you’ll learn fast.

I look forward to staying in touch with you and sharing more information about achieving success abroad.

Safe Travels!

Rachel Smets

TEDx Speaker, Author, Culture Trainer at Rachel Smets at Rachel Smets Coaching
To help expats anywhere in the world, I wrote the book 'Living Abroad Successfully: What, When, Where, How', an Amazon's Bestseller.Also, author of 'Awaken Your Confidence: 15 People share their Journey to Success'.
As an expat myself, I have been living and working in various countries, speak 6 languages, and experienced many challenges that I learned to turn around into new opportunities.
Workshops in cultural diversity and keynote speaking is what I enjoy doing.
I love to inspire people and help them to become their best selves! Life changes, and so can you!

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