Tips to get out of your comfort zone as a solo traveller

Hostel male and female guest in a mixed dorm area

Embarking on a solo travel adventure can be daunting, as it involves exploring new places that are usually far from the comfort of your home, family, and friends. However, at Budds in Surfers Hostel, we’re not just about providing a place to rest your head; we’re dedicated to fostering an environment where solo travellers can thrive and push their boundaries whilst creating their home away from home.

Here are some ways to step out of your comfort zone as a solo traveller!

1. Engage in Daily Activities

Budds hostel guests doing group yoga
Sourced: Budds in Surfers Instagram Page

One of the quickest ways to connect with fellow travellers is by participating in the free daily activities organised by the hostel. Whether it’s a group yoga session, learning to surf, or games night, these activities serve as a melting pot where friendships are forged over shared experiences.

Push yourself to join in, even if it’s something you’ve never tried before. Who knows? You might discover a new passion or make lifelong friends along the way.

At Budds in Surfers, we offer FREE weekly activities such as:

  • Monday- Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Tuesdays- Sangria at Sunset
  • Wednesday- Surf Lessons + Free Hotdog Night
  • Thursday- Free Burger Night
  • Friday- Yoga at Budds Beach + Free Half Pizza Night
  • Saturday- Games Night
  • Sunday- Free Ice-cream

2. Tap into Local Communities

The Gold Coast 'Cold Nips' group on the beach
Sourced: Cold Nips Instagram Page

Beyond the confines of the hostel, immerse yourself in the vibrant local scene by seeking out community groups. Whether you’re into running or surfing or want to meet and connect with like-minded people, the Gold Coast boasts a plethora of groups catering to various interests.

Joining these groups not only exposes you to like-minded individuals but also offers a deeper understanding of the destination’s culture and lifestyle. From Gold Coast running clubs to mindful groups, there’s a community waiting to welcome you with open arms.

Some of our favourites are:

  • Hedges Run Club
  • Cold Nips
  • Club Shakas Community
  • Cool to be Conscious.

3. Opt for Mixed Dormitories

Hostel male and female guest in a mixed dorm area

While the allure of a private room might seem tempting, opting for a mixed dormitory is a sure-fire way to shake things up. Sharing a room with fellow travellers from different walks of life fosters a sense of friendship and encourages social interaction. Embrace the opportunity to swap stories, exchange travel tips, and perhaps even plan spontaneous adventures together.

After all, some of the most memorable experiences often stem from the connections made in shared spaces. Check out the room options at Budds.

4. Challenge Yourself

Stepping out of your comfort zone isn’t just about socialising; it’s also about personal growth. Take this opportunity to challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible. Whether it’s trying a new cuisine, striking up a conversation with a stranger, or conquering your fear of heights by skydiving over the stunning Gold Coast skyline, embrace the discomfort and relish in the exhilaration of pushing your limits. Here’s a few Gold Coast ‘Bucket List’ activities to experience.

5. Embrace Solo Adventures

While it’s natural to crave companionship on your travels, don’t shy away from solo adventures. Take yourself out on a date to explore the hidden gems of the Gold Coast, indulge in solo beach picnics, or embark on a solo hike through the lush hinterland. Solo travel not only fosters self-reliance but also provides a sense of liberation and empowerment as you navigate the world on your own terms.


At Budds in Surfers Hostel, we understand that stepping out of your comfort zone can be a daunting prospect. However, we believe that true growth and transformation occur when we dare to venture beyond the familiar. With our vibrant community, diverse activities, and welcoming atmosphere, we’re here to support you every step of the way on your journey of self-discovery. So, pack your bags, leave your comfort behind, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime with us. The world is waiting, and the possibilities are endless. Book your Gold Coast stay, today!

Not sure how to choose the right hostel for your Gold Coast adventure? See our handy “How To Choose The Right Hostel” guide.