Don’t let travelling solo intimidate you. You’re never really alone in the Big Apple. The city is bustling with kindred spirits yearning to connect with you. You just have to know where to find them. Lucky for you, we’ve figured out how to hook you up.

Lodging Solo

Where you choose to stay can dictate who you explore the city with. Arlo Hotels embrace the community feel we all crave when we’re traveling solo. The sleek common areas serve as work spaces during the day. So if you’re traveling for business, Arlo is your spot. And at night, these spaces light up with an array of events. From Booze & Haikus night and Cozy AF Crocheting night to live music performances and silent discos, Arlo’s got something for everyone. Not to mention, with some of the city’s best Middle Eastern dips and spreads at Arlo NoMad’s Lamalo and endless happy hours at Arlo SoHo’s Arlo Lobby Bar (A.L.B.), you don’t even have to leave the hotel to have a good time.

Of course, if you are in the mood to have a gander into the big city, Arlo is surrounded by tons of desirable sights. Arlo SoHo is perfectly located between the heart of the shopping district and the city’s outdoor gem, the Hudson River Greenway. And with the Arlo NoMad situated in the heart of midtown, every view from the rooftop spotlights iconic views of the Empire State or the Flat Iron. So if you’re looking to tick off lodging and social entertainment in one fell swoop, Arlo might just be your one–stop shop.

Let Technology Plan For You

Of course, the community feel isn’t for everyone. Some of you may prefer to keep your home life separate from your social life. So go for it! Stay at that boogie hotel you’ve been eyeing. Revel in the luxury of quiet time in your room, and let the city be in charge of satisfying your social fix. Nowadays, technology exists to do the soul-searching for us. Apps like MeetUp, FourSquare and CitySocializer were invented to link us to like-minded people. Love the theatre, for instance? Go see a show with other drama fanatics. Always dreamt of birding in Central Park? Follow your birding dreams. We can assure you – these platforms have something for everyone. So if you’re looking for a forgiving group of people to share your passions with, you’ve found your match.

Solo Transit

Looking for another opportunity to meet people? Travel with Lyft Shared Ride! Not only do you save money this way – you gain the possibility of striking up conversation with someone new. Heading out for a night on the town? You might stumble upon your party crew en-route to the bar. Like we said, the city is overflowing with opportunities to meet new people.

The Safe Nomad

Traveling solo should feel liberating! No one to deliberate with on where you’re going and when. For once, you have the power to decide. But by the same token, one has to take extra precautions to stay safe while “on the road” alone. Especially as a female nomad moving about in this unpredictable world, it’s important to remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Trust your instincts, and if you don’t feel safe in a certain environment – no biggie – calmly and collectedly re-locate. As the well-travelled author of the book Wild, Cheryl Strayed, wisely said, “If it don’t feel right, it ain’t right”.

“One for the bar, please!”

Mealtime is seen as such a social event – it’s no wonder the thought of eating alone is daunting. But we just made the solo dining experience fun by changing your perspective. Yep, you guessed it – It’s called sitting at the bar. This newfound seating arrangement leaves you plenty of leeway to indulge in whatever you’re in the mood for. Read your book; catch up on your journal; socialize with the bartender or other patrons…We’re telling you, the bar is your oyster.

The City is Your Gym

After all that bar food, it might be time to get the blood pumping again. It’s easy to lose sight of your fitness routine while we’re traveling, but with a community of fitness gurus to keep you disciplined, vacay workouts just became fun and easy. For an endless supply of affordable workouts around the city, look no further than Class Pass. For just $25, you can sign up for everything from kick-boxing to yoga. Not to mention, it’s another natural way to engage with locals and travelers alike. So download that app, throw on your work-out clothes, and let’s get to sweatin’.