Solo Travel New Zealand
Looking out over Arrowtown on one of my many solo day trips around New Zealand.
I've always been a solo traveller, though it didn't start by choice.
Ten years ago when I first moved to Europe I had planned a weekend getaway with friends only to have them bail last minute. Faced with the choice of do I cancel as well or carry on on my own, I decided to pioneer ahead. In that choice I found a lifestyle that I wasn't expecting; solo travel was actually pretty awesome.
Back in New Zealand, while I still travel with friends here and there, I often go away for trips on my own. If there is one thing I've learned over the years, it's that solo travel is for everyone, and if you're interested in exploring New Zealand on your own too, here are some of my best tips.
Joining in on a group boat ride in Christchurch.
* Travelling alone isn't lonely, it's an adventure
*Beating the solo travel butterflies
*Budget-friendly options for solo female travellers
1. It's not actually lonely
I think the biggest misconception about solo travel is that it's lonely. The truth is that it's only as lonely as you make it. I find that I meet more people when I travel alone because it forces me to be outgoing if I want more than my own company. When you travel in groups or as a couple, you don't really have to make friends or talk with other people in the same way. Solo travel in New Zealand is fairly common and people are friendly, making it an easy place to meet people on the road. Join on a pub crawl, or a group class to learn something new.
Exploring Christchurch on your own means you can go at your own pace.
2. Stay in communal places
You don't need to sleep in a 16-bed hostel dorm room the whole trip, but I find when I travel alone I often look to stay in places that have great communal or shared spaces so I can interact and meet new people. Whether I am tramping in the mountains and stay in a big hut, or I get my own private room in a lodge or hostel with a cool common room, I want to have the ability to meet people, and luckily New Zealand has great communal accommodation options.