10 Things You Should Do Alone at Least Once

Going out by yourself can feel very nerve wracking, but it can also be super fun and improve your quality of life in the process. By going out alone, you make your interests the first priority. No one can make you stay or leave, and no one can drag you into something you don’t want to do. It’s also a great opportunity to become more confident around strangers. You can have a lot more fun alone once you’ve gotten over what other people might think.

If this interests you, check out these ten ideas for things you can do alone.

1. Travel

Travelling alone is one of the best experiences you can have. If you’ve been on a vacation with family or friends, you know it can get very stressful, very fast. Everyone wants to do something different, and without fail someone will get sick and want to stay in when you want to go out. 

When you travel alone, this isn’t an issue. You wake up when you feel like it, and you do only the activities you care about. You can see absolutely any sight you’d like without the added time constraints of needing to visit the places you don’t want for the sake of your travel partners. And best of all: no complaints.

The peace that’s to be found reading on the beach or hot tubbing on a mountain alone just can’t be beat. Doesn’t that sound like a better use of your PTO than stressing about everyone else on vacation?

2. Go out to eat

And don’t just go out to eat– treat yourself to a downright fancy dinner. I’m talking about a bottle of bubbly, an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. There’s no one to impress here, eat anything you want, and as much as you want of it. 

You can focus your full attention on your meal, or watch the latest Netflix episode you’ve been excited for. Maybe even listen to an audiobook. Whatever you’d like, enjoy not having to keep a conversation during dinner.

3. See a movie

Going to the movie theater alone is an experience you don’t want to miss out on. You can watch the entire movie without any grubby hands reaching into your popcorn bucket. No one is there to chatter in your ear about anything that happens.

There’s something about just you and a giant screen that makes it more enjoyable and easier to focus. Besides, if you haven’t watched your favorite movie alone, is it really your favorite movie? 

4. Create something

Having something to call your own is a beautiful thing. This blog is something I create alone, and I’m extremely proud of it. Aside from the pride of having a project only you get credit for, doing something creative for yourself feels really good. 

Creative projects give you a mode of expression that can’t be found elsewhere. Emotions, stress, and worries can be worked out in a cool, productive way. Plus, by creating something alone, you eliminate the critical voice of other people that don’t love your ideas. 

5. Attend a concert

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I attended the Bonnaroo music festival when I was younger, and attended every show alone. I saw every show I wanted, and if it didn’t impress, I could move on to the next one without having to convince anyone. I didn’t worry about losing my friends in the crowd, and could choose to get a snack or head to the front whenever I wanted. Navigating a crowd is also way, way easier alone. 

I got to chat with people that otherwise, I probably would’ve never met. Some of the smaller shows I opted for, I probably wouldn’t have gotten to see had I brought my friends, but now those are some of my favorite artists. 

Not having a group of friends around me didn’t detract from the experience as much as you’d think it would. The great thing about concerts is everyone is excited and having fun, so they won’t look twice at you for doing the same.

6. Go for a hike

In my post about the types of self care, I explain that connecting with nature is a form of spiritual self care. Nature is huge and humbling. Existing alongside nature can make your problems feel miniscule compared with the bigger picture.

Going for a hike alone is a chance to see something beautiful and have fun without worrying about pace. There’s no speeding up to catch up to someone, or slowing down to let them catch up. It’s just you, and you can enjoy nature at whatever speed you wish.

7. Go shopping

If you typically go shopping with other people, it’s time to give it a spin alone. No more going into stores you don’t care for, or reviewing someone’s dressing room outfit a couple hundred times. Just you, your wallet, and your favorite styles.

Even if you’re saving money, window shopping is nice too. You don’t need to feel like you have to spend money or it’s a failed shopping trip. You can build your wish list and have something new to look forward to afterwards.

8. Get a hotel room

Getting your own hotel room is fabulous, especially if you don’t live alone. It’s like a form of heaven where you can talk to yourself and binge-watch Netflix in a nice robe, while receiving five star dining on a cart to your door. Um, cool!

I’d especially recommend this to moms or people who live with their significant other. Having your own hotel room even just for one day is a luxury when you need to regain your sanity with a little alone time.

9. Take a class

Take a class not because you have to, but because you want to. Show up alone and learn about something that you’re truly interested in. Maybe painting, pottery, or entomology– whatever floats your boat! No one’s there to judge you for your interest or skill level, so just take the opportunity to learn for what it is.

10. See some art

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For some reason, museums are way cooler to me when I’m alone. I think maybe it’s just easier to enjoy art when there’s no one around. You can fully embrace your perspective without hearing someone else’s, You can also move at your own pace, not feeling rushed or slowed down by another person.

Going to a museum alone isn’t just for weirdos or loners. Even Brad Pitt loves going to museums alone–

It’s a lovely experience walking around a museum by yourself.

Brad Pitt

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