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Group Travel = Extrovert and Solo-Traveler = Introvert. This used to be my way of thinking until I took a leap of faith, jumped out of my comfort zone and traveled with a group. Introverts, take it from a fellow introvert that group travel isn’t as bad as you think it might be.
- Say Yes to have a Roommate: I know you are appalled at the thought of a creepy strange person that you know nothing about it but trust me on this. You don’t have to be bosom buddies and play footsies but that roommate can be your secret weapon to help you feel comfortable around the other strangers in the group.
- Ask Questions: Most introverts don’t want to talk about themselves and prefer to listen. To divert questions coming your way show genuine interest in the others and ask them a bunch of questions. This way there’s bound to be at least one person you will click with and build a bond or friendship with.
- Step out of your Comfort Zone: Yes that’s right, step out on faith and up out of your comfort zone. Eat something new, drink something new, learn a new language, do a new excursion or kiss someone new (that last one is fun). The memories you make will outweigh your beginning fear.
- Something Familiar: Bring a personal item that you are familiar and comfortable with. Do not bring your cat, dog, parrot or pig, leave them home. You can bring your Sudoku, crossword puzzle, word search, meditation music or simply a book that you enjoy.
- Solo Time: Yeah baby, I know you’re excited now. Look over your travel itinerary and add your solo time all to yourself. This is important because you will need to get away from everyone and recoup your energy. Even if the schedule is full of activities, you don’t have to participate in everything with the group so go grab a banana and find that cute local and give them a kiss.
Are you an introvert that enjoys group travel? Why or why not?