There are advantages to traveling alone. You can eat wherever and whenever you choose. You can splurge and spend the night in a wonderful spa resort or you can pinch pennies and stay in a dorm room in a hostel. If spending the afternoon in a museum that you suddenly find enticing is your choice you can feel free to indulge yourself. Decide to skip the tours and spend a day walking on a beach or boardwalk and no one will be nagging you about what you’re missing.
But, there can be a few drawbacks as well. You’re probably already aware of the dreaded “single supplement” fees that get tacked on to your bill just because you prefer to have a little privacy when you travel. And, it’s sometimes difficult to find someone to chat with and exchange feelings with about what a wonderful view or delicious food or delightful atmosphere you are encountering at the moment.
Of course, you could probably find someone to drag along on your next trip who may not share a lot of the same interests. You could schedule times to “meet up” only to discover that one of you is very punctual and the other is not so much so.
You don’t need to risk destroying your much awaited holiday by connecting with the wrong person for your vacation travels. If you’re outgoing and friendly you’ll probably meet people along the way that share common interests. But, even that is a gamble.
So, what is the solution. It has already been mentioned but in a different context. In case you’re not aware of this particular phenomenon there is already a self-selected group of people in the area you’re planning to visit that have confirmed their interest in your favorite activities. Not only that, but they are easy to find. What we’re talking about is “Meet-up.” Meet-up is an interesting online way of joining, meeting and participating in events with others who share your interests.
For example, we’ll say you’re planning a trip to the beautiful red rock country of Southern Utah with thoughts of hiking in Zion National Park, the nearby Snow Canyon State Park or the fabulous red rocks surrounding the lovely city of St. George and historic Santa Clara. You’ve already looked at the things to do there, but how do you find someone to share in these experiences if you’re traveling alone. It’s easy. Just type in St. George Meet-ups in your browser and look at the groups that pop-up. Two of the most likely prospects will be Red Rock Hiking and, if you’re the right age, 50+ Adventure Singles of Southern Utah. Both of these sites will have a list of upcoming activities and also a member list. Typical of most Meet-ups you can join with little or no fee and have access to everything on the group’s website. You’ll be able to not only sign up for activities, but you’ll be able to send emails to other members that may be of interest to you after you peruse their brief bios.
St. George, of course, is a relatively small city. If you’re headed to a larger place – Albuquerque, for instance – you will discover that there are hundred’s of meetups. Something for almost every area of interest you could imagine.
Feel free to travel alone, indulge your self when you like and still be able to find occasional companions for activities that might be more fun or safer if in a group, or, at least with a partner for the day. Whatever you do, have fun and . . .
Keep on Traveling!