I know, why would this be important to a Paranoid solo Traveller? Let me tell you why…
I don’t think I am alone in saying that the only negative thing about traveling alone is loneliness at meal times…or more specifically at dinner or if you go out for the evening. This can somehow be alleviated by planning on going out to a show or an event in the evening where you can meet other travelers. Even when travelling with others I have met solo travelers so it isn’t so unheard of.
Last year when I was in New York it proved to be a definite perk! I queued up in Times Square to get my tickets to the show that I wanted and because it was a single seat I was able to get a really good one with great views. If shows are your thing then you will be a very happy traveler indeed.
I recently went to a music gig alone after my friend cancelled last minute (after waiting a whole year) and although I hated the thought of it when I was there some nice people sat next to me and I sort of joined them for the duration which was great because I wasn’t alone! I had a great time and was so glad that I hadn’t backed out.
I know myself that if I am somewhere with others and I meet someone who is alone I have a tendency to want to adopt them especially at meal times and after a few days without company it can be nice. Another example is that whilst in New York, the day before my last night there I met another solo traveler in the hostel (‘H’ post) and we decided to spend the day together, we went to Columbia University, Central Park, met her friend for lunch, went to a shop as a friend wanted something specific and then went to Dinner. We had a great time and are still in touch even now. I would not necessarily have done this if I had been travelling alone.