Tips for the Traveling Introvert

July 16, 2014

Whether you are alone or with companions, traveling as an introvert can be tricky. While you might be content dining or reading quietly by yourself, extroverts are known to plop down and randomly strike up a conversation. Similarly, if you are traveling with others, they will probably try to chat throughout your journey and may want to participate in activities that make you uncomfortable. Despite pressure, respect who you are and make decisions that are right for you. Here are some suggestions for making your travels less stressful.

Choose Companions Wisely

If you are planning to travel with someone, take a moment to assess how comfortable you are being yourself around them. Do they make you feel bad for being introverted or do they respect your personal boundaries? Will they be upset if you choose to sit out when something makes you uneasy? Do they feel the need to talk incessantly or are they able to be equally content with some quieter moments? If you are unsure, talk to them about it. It’s better to sort things out beforehand rather than spend your entire trip miserable.

Enjoy Sightseeing

Regardless of where you travel, there will be something new to see. Some areas, however, have much more to offer in the way of sightseeing than others. Pick a place that has great historical roots or features a vibrant art scene. Many times, people will either be listening to a tour guide or too awe-stricken to carry on much of a conversation which will allow you to enjoy yourself in peace.

Visit a Retreat

Are you interested in yoga and/or meditation? Does being in nature make you feel alive? Could your tired muscles benefit from a little deep tissue therapy?  If so, there are a number of retreats available, across the country. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  Recharge, relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil environment. Most of the people who frequent these properties are looking for a break from their hectic lives so they may be more interested in relishing some alone time, rather than asking about your personal life.

Expand Your Horizons

It is tempting to set up a trip that will allow you to reduce the need to interact with others but, sometimes, it can be fun to challenge ourselves by going outside of our comfort zones. If you go on group excursions, for example, you will meet new people who may also be experiencing new things. Take your time, move at your own pace and let yourself have fun. You only live once!

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