This is about asking yourself why you actually started with nothing but yourself. There's no one to distract you and to keep you and your brain busy during the day- you can't escape tricky situations by having a silly conversation or just talking about the relationship problems your friend might have. You're completely on your own and that's actually the best thing that might happen to you. Because you will be forced to meet your inner self, either by being brave enough to ask a stranger for the right direction back to the hostel or simply by allowing strange feelings and emotions to come up- feel it, let everything unfold naturally! That's the most important thing: allow yourself to do whatever feels right, even if you feel silly or childish or you think "Naa, that's not for me"- do it anyway! You will meet the greatest person in this life: YOURSELF.
2. DIGITAL DETOX
PUT. YOUR. PHONE. DOWN. Period. I bet that missed, random encounters are not on your bucket list- and: they will never come back presenting themselves once again like: "Hi, I was just walking by when you were starring at your phone but hey, here I am again because I feel we might have something fantastic to share!" Not going to happen. I know, we all want to take stunning pictures of marvelous sunsets and amazing food- and there's nothing to be said against it, but think twice if you are going to post another avocado toast pic or "boomerang" your sun-dried hair. Some of the experiences you are going to make are for yourself only, store them in your heart and if you wish, tell people about it- have real conversations, smile to the person who's just passing by, wave to the stranger on the other boat- create situations!! It'll make your day brighter and leave your mind fulfilled.
3. ACT IN UNEXPECTED WAYS
When you're a traveller, you're an ambassador. An ambassador of your country (even if you wish they wouldnt, people will see you as THE german, dutch, american, a.s.o), and an ambassador of yourself. You will be measured by the words you say, the things you do, your behavior towards others, even by the food you eat. To be honest- we all do it: judging, classifying, stereotype thinking. But wait a minute, that's where you have an ace in the hole: as no one knows anything about your past, your fears and the way you see yourself- you can probably do whatever you want. You can change the way you act and react from one minute to another without anyone noticing it. Let me illustrate it: Let's say, you have always been bad at doing sports. Confirmed by the grades you got, maybe even by the things your parents or family were saying: "She/He has no talent for sports." You believed it and created your own self-fulfilling prophecy. Now you have the chance to transform these limitations. Go on that hiking tour (without make-up, wearing the same t-shirt three times in a row) and have the best muscle ache of your life, learn to cook the best pad thai (even if at home you always order sushi), go on stage in front of a huge crowd and sing the best version of "Son of a preacher man". People will judge you, yes, but now by the effort and the fun you put into things, and not by the results.
Actions speak louder than preconceived opinions!
4. SAY YES
When I've been to Verona lately, I met this old grandpa sitting by the river. He invited me for coffee and I was about to say no, but then I thought again: Why not giving in to his friendly offer? Checking on him, it was plain to see that he was far away from being able to cause me any harm. And I said yes. Of course, I don't want to encourage you to say "Yes" to anything a stranger has to offer (don't buy all the roses! lol), but what I really want you to do is to train yourself in being more open-minded, more curious and not that suspicious when it comes to meeting the unknown. Instead of letting fear take over, embrace the opportunity to strengthen your inner brave core. And let me warn you- you might surprise yourself!;)
5. GO ON THE NEXT TRIP
Now that you managed to be on your own for quite a period of time you surely don't quit. Plan your next solo-getaway and keep going. The best results are not achieved by doing things once but several times. And I'm sure by now you definitely know who your best training partner is.;)