I write and read, about solo travel all the time and I often see articles with words like "travel alone not lonely." The focus of these articles, however, is not about trusting the solo travel experience to be as social as you want it to be. They are about joining groups so that you are guaranteed never to be alone.
Here, I'll take a different tack. I believe that one can travel alone, independently, solo...without being lonely.
There are two main reasons for this:
1.) You're a pretty amazing person and worth spending time with.
2.) You will meet the most extraordinary people and spend time with them simply because you're traveling alone.
However, the fabulous solo (and social) experience is not automatic. There are skills and tactics necessary to make it happen. so I give you...
Tips on traveling alone (yes, alone) without being lonely.
I could give you dozens of tips but here I will focus on 6 of the fundamentals.
1.) Where to Stay: Choose accommodation that is social. Hostels, small inns, guest homes and B&Bs are great for meeting people.
2.) Where to hang out: Go where you will meet people. look for the coffee shop where freelancers work, restaurants with communal tables and free, guided tours.
3.) How to get around: Train is one of the more social means of transportation. The bar and dining care are great places to meet people.
5.) Establish a routine: If you're in one place for a few days, go to the same coffee shop, restaurant or pub for a few days in a row. In no time you will have made friends.