- Museums. You’re looking for an obscure bench in front of an exhibit that’s been on display a long time. It’s there just for you.
- Cities are excellent places to hide. If you paint yourself flame orange and dance on the street corner in New York City, you’re still hardly visible. A corner stool in a café, a backseat in a bus/subway, or a park bench really work. If it looks like you’re going to be interrupted in your public solitude, I recommend chatting to yourself, it works every time.
- Churches during off hours rock it. They’re cool, dim, and quiet. When I’m traveling, I always search them out for quiet time.
- If you’re traveling, closing your eyes is the equivalent of hanging out a Do Not Disturb Sign. If you’re in a hotel room with the actual sign, you’re golden. If you’re driving alone, you’re covered. If you’re driving with passengers, offer to be the driver because the driver gets to rule the music—put on your tunes and effectively tune out all of those extroverts. If you’re a passenger, bring ear buds and plug them into your phone whether you listen to music or not, then employ the closed eyes thing.
- This recommendation is a bit awkward, but it works in a pinch. Bathrooms. If you’re lucky enough to be female it isn’t even nasty—usually.
- Monasteries. They exist. Google it. You can go there, and some of them will even give you a bed and a meal. I’m not kidding.
- Historical sites.
- Go places that are really difficult to get to if you really need a long break.
- The bottom of the Grand Canyon.
- Backpack to far far away.
- Anywhere with no electricity/cell phone coverage. They’re actually not hard to find.