Dealing With Loneliness Over The Holidays As A Solo Traveler

Hey guys! Welcome to a new post in the Digital Nomad Series. This post, as you can tell from the title, is not exclusively for digital nomads or remote workers. It is for anyone who travels solo and is alone for the holidays.

Loneliness over the holidays is not easy. But for those who travel often, most of the time solo, loneliness is an interesting topic.

For most of the time, solo travelers don’t feel lonely. There are so many opportunities to meet new people, especially for digital nomads, that there’s hardly time for loneliness. But then come the holidays, this time of connecting with family and loved ones, of being home. And when you’re not home for Christmas, either by choice or because you need to be on the other side of the world and don’t have time to go all the way back home, you might start to feel this feeling you’d forgotten.

Last year, one of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about dealing with unhappy holidays. But this post is not about that. Being far from home, from family does not mean the holidays are not happy, nor that you are in an unhappy time in your life.

Here are a few tips to deal with loneliness over the holidays if you travel solo.

If you can choose the location, choose a city that is a preferred location for digital nomads

To name a few: Chiang Mai, Lisbon, even Barcelona. I’m sure there are more if you do a little bit of research, to find something close to you. However, these are some well known digital nomad hubs where you can be sure you’ll find people to spend time with.

Join remote teams earlier in the year

If you know you’ll be traveling all year, including for the holidays, you can try to join remote teams, or coliving experiences earlier in the year. Many of them provide the opportunity to create great friendships with people who live similar lifestyles. The great perk? While there are no coliving experiences happening in this period (to my knowledge anyway), there will be groups that organize New Year’s Eve parties. Who knows, you might even find a few friends who want to get together for Christmas.

Choose a warm location where you can enjoy nature

If you don’t want to try to find new people for this occasion, or just don’t want to celebrate any of the holidays, going to a location where you can spend quality time in nature can extremely relaxing and mood-boosting. Leave the computer behind, even if only for a few hours and enjoying everything that nature has to offer. You’ll be rested, relaxed, and much happier for the start of the new year!

Do something you’ve been postponing/didn’t have time for

Another great way to forget about loneliness over the holidays is to focus on your work. And no, I am not telling you to never take vacations, but you can go on vacation at any other time.

However, as you will probably have less work to do in this period, it is a great time to focus on things you’ve been postponing for lack of time. It is ideal if you are an entrepreneur or if you would like to start your own business. Many people tend to give priority to the work that will generate an income quickly, and entrepreneurial work, creative work, will take a backseat.

So take this quiet time to work on your blog, book, website, or any other business. Or who knows, maybe you want to do a meditation challenge, or a yoga one. Again, do something you’ve been wanting to do for a while, but never had the time. At the end you might actually make something positive out of this loneliness over the holidays thing.

Don’t make the loneliness over the holidays your main focus

I get it. Loneliness is tough. And it’s a feeling you’re not used to. Of all the days in a year, you’re facing it now, when most people are with family and friends. Maybe you don’t have any close relatives, or you just went through a hard break up. Maybe you are just a simple solo traveler, who did not plan things right and ended up totally alone, with no other solo travelers around. Whatever the reason is, what’s done is done. There’s no going back, you’ve tried every option, no other digital nomads around, nothing to do but be alone.

Here’s my tip: stop this! Stop focusing on the fact that you are alone. Focus on the positives. You are indeed alone, but this can also be seen as more time for self-care, more time to rest, recharge your batteries. No need to spend money on gifts people may or may not like. You won’t need to listen how weird your digital nomad lifestyle is, a text you might have heard 1000 times before. No need to answer the same annoying questions like “why are you not settling down, why aren’t you having kids, blah blah”. Aren’t you feeling better already?

How do you deal with loneliness over the holidays when you travel solo?

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    These are great tips! I’ve always wanted to do at least one solo travel trip. I’ll keep these in my back pocket for when I do!


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