Some very un-helpful sociable introvert solo travel strategies

At my young and tender age I am about to embark on my first ever solo (in that I am not going with anyone I know) travel adventure. As a sociable introvert this fills me with trepidation as I have calculated that I have 384 hours of possible communication time. I love interacting with people but my limit is about 5 hours with good friends and 2 hours with strangers and then my battery needs to be recharged.

So I pondered, and in today’s world of positive thinking I decided to think positively and embrace the words of Abraham Lincoln “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” So I looked for the roses and realised I could reduce the 384 hours:

I can watch movies on the plane and ignore my fellow passengers – approximately 10 hours.

I have a potential 48 hours of sea sickness at the beginning of the journey. Together with jet lag this will make talking to people very difficult (especially if I am vomiting).

I plan to do a plunge into guaranteed sub-freezing waters of -2.8 degrees Celsius. This may give me teeth chattering mild hypothermia which has the following symptoms:

  • Shivering
  • Dizziness
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Faster breathing
  • Trouble speaking
  • Slight confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Increased heart rate

I am not sure how long the hypothermia will last (the vodka that will be administered to me will probably not help my communication skills either). Let’s assume 3 hours in total.

Excluding my sea sickness I will be sleeping for about 85 hours.

There will be presentations that may use up 10 to 20 talking hours.

I then have another potential 48 hours of sea sickness at the end of the trip.

I can watch the same movies on the plane back home and still ignore my fellow passengers – approximately 10 hours.

This leaves me with 170 hours to talk to fellow adventurers. That is a lot of hours and at this stage I lost sight of the roses and began to see the thorns.

So I asked my friends and family for advice – which was not at all useful:

  1. Put ear phones in your ears and pretend you are listening to music
  2. Pretend you can’t speak English
  3. Glare at anyone walking towards you
  4. Suck it up

As my last resort I then turned to good old google which was not helpful either. I was told not to drink coffee before a social event and rather drink chamomile tea – I really don’t like chamomile tea.

So – is there anyone out there who can help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 thoughts on “Some very un-helpful sociable introvert solo travel strategies

  1. Dear Lynne
    To travel solo is to brave the unkonw and embrace it, no point in worrying about how much time of socializing you will have to endure, once you become a expert solo traveler you will learn to excuse yourself whenever you have had enough!
    Now if you need to worry here are a few suggestions:
    1. Flying to your destination could prove hazardous and dangerous, so if you make it there and back, Count yourself lucky
    2. Being on a ship for sucH a long time, uhhh, any contagious condition will eventually be share by all passengers, not to mention the most common food poising that has been so PREVALENT in recents cruises
    3. Icebergs? Titanic? Do i need to say more…..
    Bon voyage
    With love

  2. Dear Lynne,
    What a fabulous opportunity!! Enjoy every minute of it. Whilst enjoying every minute smile constantly and give the thumbs up to all and sundry. People will naturally leave you alone to bask in your own happiness, while petrified that it will be catchy. As soon as anyone approaches you grin, bare your teeth and the person will look away and pass you by – mission accomplished!
    Have a wonderful time and keep telling yourself that sea sickness is all in the head (please let me know if it actually works, because I have a funny feeling I’m doing it wrong). Remember you are invincible so no strange contagious sickness will dare to come near. have lots of fun!!
    Bon voyage

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