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Solo Vacations: 5 Tips for Traveling Alone in New England

Solo travel isn’t only for the lonely — sometimes, it’s exactly what you need to fully escape the stress of everyday life. Our friends who travel alone frequently are some of the most outgoing people we know, and they’re experts at taking life as it comes. For some, solo vacations are a chance to catch up on reading and massages, while others prefer to take on brand new social scenes as the fun-and-interesting tourist in town. If you’re thinking of hopping into the latest travel craze, here are five tips to make traveling alone in New England rewarding and fun.

Traveling Alone in New England - Cape Cod
Photo: Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce credit William DeSousa-Mauk

Start Conversations

Whether with a concierge or a stranger at a bus stop, conversations seem to hold more value when you’re traveling alone. Don’t be afraid to take that extra second to ask a local what he or she loves about the town — Solo Traveler says talking to strangers can be one of the best ways to discover uncharted attractions and make personal connections along the way.

Pack Efficiently

When you’re traveling alone, you have absolutely no excuse to pack three similar shirts. Focus on staying comfortable and bring clothes that work well in different situations. One of the greatest benefits of solo travel is the ability to adapt and try new things without sticking to anyone else’s schedule — don’t let your wardrobe hold you back. We recommend packing just two bags with the bare essentials.

Use Alternative Transportation

credit : Maine Office of Tourism
credit : Maine Office of Tourism

Driving alone can be a drag on both your patience and the environment. Consider patching together other transportation options instead. A fun solo New England adventure might include a leg of train travel, a bus route, and bike rentals. You’ll save energy and gasoline, and you’ll open more opportunities to meet fellow travelers.

Skip Group Tours

If you’re worried about being lonely as you travel alone in New England, a group tour might sound like the perfect way to patch an afternoon. Some, like Boston’s Duck Tours, can be great, but for the most part, you’re better off going against your gut here. Instead, seek out authentic neighborhoods and attractions on your own — locals are often more willing to welcome you and share their knowledge with a solo traveler.

Find Solo Travel Deals

As the popularity of traveling alone soars, you’ll find more and more deals designed to accommodate savvy solo travelers. Along with our tried-and-true recommendations to look for deals midweek and in your destination’s off-seasons, New England solo travel packages are a great place to start. The Glynn House Inn in Ashland, New Hampshire, rewards solo travelers with 15% off a three-night stay most times of year. In Falmouth, Massachusetts, Captain’s Manor Inn offers a Solo Stress Relief Getaway, with an aromatherapy goodie basket, a hot stone massage, wine, and chocolates.

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