10 Things to Do Alone This Summer Without Feeling Awkward
Summertime is the perfect time to do things on your own.
Whether you want to explore a new city, read a book, or go for a walk in the park, there are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed without feeling awkward.
There's always this idea that we need to be constantly surrounded by people, but that's not the case. I personally love spending time alone during the summer because I'm such an introvert.
If you are too, you probably know how I feel but if you're just looking for ideas on those days when your friends can't hang out, try the ideas below.
In this blog post, we will discuss 10 things you can do alone this summer without feeling uncomfortable. Let's get started!
10 activities you can do alone
There are plenty of things you can do alone without feeling awkward. Here are some ideas you can try this summer!
Visit a new city
There is so much to see and do in new cities.
If you're feeling adventurous, take yourself on a day trip to somewhere you've never been before.
You may find that you enjoy exploring on your own more than with someone else.
When you're by yourself in a new city, you can do only the things you like without having to please or accommodate others.
Plus, you can go at your own pace without having to worry about waiting for someone else.
Read a book in the park
Don't just read any book, find one that you're really interested in. Doing this will make the experience more enjoyable and you won't feel like you're wasting your time.
When you read, people tend to leave you alone and won't disturb you as much. It's the perfect activity to do if you're looking to relax and be alone.
Go for a walk
Walking is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Make sure to bring your camera with you so you can take some pictures along the way.
If you want to squeeze in a workout too, go for a power walk or jog.
Walk around the neighborhood or go to a completely new area or park and walk for at least an hour.
Take yourself out to eat
This is a great way to try new foods and explore different restaurants.
Visiting food festivals, food stalls, grabbing ice cream, or going for a full 3-course meal alone is totally acceptable!
If you feel uncomfortable eating alone, bring a book or your phone so you can keep yourself entertained.
Visit a museum or art gallery
There are so many different museums to choose from, you're sure to find one that interests you. Plus, it's a great way to learn something new.
Art galleries are another great option for those who want to spend some time alone. Many galleries offer free admission, so it's a great activity if you're on a budget.
Did you know that there are outdoor museums too? If you have one in your area, be sure to take an afternoon to explore it.
Visit a farmer's market
Farmer's markets are a great place to find fresh produce and other goods. They're also a great way to support local businesses.
You can eat fresh, seasonal produce by yourself? It's a, buy some flowers, and even get your hands on some local honey.
Visiting such markets is also a fun opportunity to do some people-watching.
There are so many beautiful places to see. Take a hike, go camping, or just spend time in your own backyard.
Make sure to bring your camera so you can take some pictures.
When you're out there in nature, always make sure to look at animals, hear the birds and immerse yourself in the experience.
Take yourself on a shopping spree
This is a great way to treat yourself. Buy something you've been wanting or needed and enjoy the feeling of being able to splurge on yourself.
Shopping alone at a mall, boutiques, or thrift stores is a common thing people do so it's not awkward.
Besides, it can be nice to take your time browsing without feeling rushed.
If you prefer online shopping, challenge yourself to go outdoors and do it there instead of sitting inside all day!
There are many different ways to volunteer, so find something that interests you. It's a great way to give back and you'll feel good knowing you're helping others.
When you volunteer, you can interact with other people which can be very rewarding.
But if you want to avoid people, you can volunteer at an animal shelter and surround yourself with furry friends instead.
Watch your favorite shows by the water
Whether you go to the pool, the lake, or the ocean, you can take your tablet or phone and watch your favorite show. Once you have your earbuds in, you can immerse yourself in the show/movie as well as enjoy your surroundings.
These are just a few ideas of things you can do alone this summer without feeling awkward. So get out there and enjoy your time!
Why do people feel awkward spending time alone outdoors?
There are many different theories as to why people feel awkward spending time alone outdoors.
Some say that it's because we're so used to being around other people that being alone feels strange.
Others say that it's because we're afraid of being judged by others or looking like we don't know what we're doing.
In my opinion, people just don't know that spending time alone can be rewarding and it can be so calming. When you do things alone, you can recharge and focus on yourself.
Also, I think that social media pressures us to keep posting what we're up to and people are afraid of appearing like they have no friends on social media.
But you can post great content while you're by yourself too, there's plenty of nice scenery to photograph and you can also post a good old selfie.
Whatever the reason, there's no need to feel awkward about spending time alone outdoors. Just get out there and enjoy yourself!
No matter what you decide to do, remember that you don't need someone else's company to enjoy your summer.
These are just a few ideas of things you can do on your own without feeling awkward.