I'm new to travelling and there so many places I'd love to go but all my friends are at uni and I don't really want to wait for them to finish their 3/4 year courses but I'm not sure about travelling alone and not really sure what to do about it. Any advise from anyone who has been in a similar situation? Thanks!
Millions of people travel solo, including loads of new travellers. With proper prep and research it is no big deal. It's not uncommon or unique in the slightest.
The only advice I would give you is to start with "easy" destinations until you gain some confidence. In other words, India no, but Thailand yes, etc.
Have fun with your research.
Some people prefer to travel alone. That way there is no bickering on what to see and do, where to stay or where to eat, etc. Traveling in your own country should be no big deal. No problem understanding the money, no problem with language, etc.
Overseas travel is a little more involved for how to handle money, maybe visas, weather conditions, etc. Some people choose to travel to countries that are in conflict or a little dicey at times. Maybe they are attracted to the people or just adventurous. For women traveling alone maybe they have to choose things a little safer than what guys do. Guys can get stupid drunk and rarely are they sexually assaulted or go home with a bun in the oven. So, my opinion women have to be a little more careful especially if they drink a lot of alcohol and they sometimes choose to take chances with new friends they meet on their holiday.
If going overseas you should do as much research as you can on the country you visit, always do a Google type search for scams to avoid. Know how to use the currency of the country you visit. You should have some sort of budget worked up. Know how much you have available for day to day spending AFTER paying for your plane tickets. Often buying round trip can be cheaper than buying one way flights, always do the math! Have a passport with sufficient time to see you past your intended return home date. Don't rely on a single source of money. Ex. Do not plan on using a single credit or debit card for all money. That card could become lost, damaged or even stolen by guests you entertain. Sometimes just paying cash for cheap purchases is safer than always using plastic. (Lessen the chance of credit card fraud.)
Like previous post says, start easy with tourist friendly places. My advice is to always have a "go home date" so you can plan a day to day budget out.
Make Google your friend for "see and do" type things. Always know how to get from airport to hotel. Maybe if arriving late at night have the first night hotel booked so you have a place to direct the taxi to. My preference for arriving in a new country is to NOT arrive in the middle of the night. I prefer to arrive during the day or early evening. Cheaper transportation from airport usually available and besides if you arrive late at night your hotel still charges the same price as arriving around noontime. Might as well get the most out of your hotel since you are paying full price! (I like to use hotels with free wifi too! Even cheap hotels can have free wifi.)
Do forum search for woman traveling alone for more advice. I have come across quite a few retired women on pensions traveling alone and having a ball.
I think it really depends on where you're going, surely there are places in the world that are not quite suitable for lone traveller, but basically you can travel to anywhere all by yourself. For me it's nice experience, you get to know new people, and you don't need a fixed schedule, just go wherever you want to go and rest whenever you like.
In many cities there're small tour groups you can join, that's also a nice option when traveling alone, for example when I went to Amsterdam I took the bus tour to the small villages nearby to see the tulips, those tours can be convenient especially when you don't have a car.
Enjoy being a lone traveller
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