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21. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

i am an only travel and I almost always travel alone. If I want to travel with other people then I prefer to go on an adventure tour and travel with strangers. There are very few of my friends that I get along well enough with to want to travel with them. I also have the misfortune that most of my friends are more the week on the Costa del Sol types with as much booze as you can drink, rather than adventure travellers. I also like meeting new people. I think I spend enough time with my friends as it is and I'd rather get to know new ppl, plus with new ppl you haven't know them long enough for them to irritate the hell out of you.

I think wanting to travel on my own has a lot to do with being an only child. I think it has made me more independant, and I find it harder to live in a confined space with others.

22. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

im an only child yet i've never travelled alone... yet!! i think travelling depends completely on how independent you are and how comfortable you feel (in terms of travelling alone or with other people.)

for me, i like travelling with other people because then you will always have a connection to that one person, and you can always reflect back on past experiences... like: "hey remember that one guy in that small town in the middle of nowhere who wasn't wearing any pants?!" or things like that...!!

however, i can also appreciate the IDEA of travelling alone (seeing how ive never done it!) when you travel alone, i think you are forced to talk and communicate with other people, therefore you are constantly meeting new people. (haha and now on the downside of that: when you are alone, sometimes it's just nice to have one person to talk to that already knows your name, and who you don't have to introduce yourself to, and everythign...)

call me indescisive, but i can just see both sides of the picture!!


23. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

my husband and I are the perfect traveling companions for each other. Now, neither of us likes traveling if the other isn't there.

That's so cute! Yay to the Isas!

24. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

It's our way of not getting on other people's nerves. And, we really do travel well together.

Thanks Katie!!!

25. Posted by SkacoreUK (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

I don't think it comes down to any one thing, everybody is different and you will always find travellers who don't fit the mould.

I am one of three boys, and feel the urge to travel massivly. Perhaps those with sibling are so fed up of being around other people THEY are more likely to want to travel alone

I think everybody has their own reasons for travelling. Some want to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, others want to get away to have a more wild time. Personally, I know I am naturally a shy person (dispite or maybe because I have two outgoing brothers)and want to travel alone so I am "forced" to meet new people and improve my social skills, as well as seeing other places than where I grew up, and learning more about the diversity of people around the world.

I can't believe their is a "type" of person who wants to travel, everbody has their own reasons.


26. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Well said Henry, I couldn't agree with you more. Although I do think there are traits that 'tend' to be attributed to only children, first borns etc...

27. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Seeing how many here have no siblins and like to travel alone - Im amongst those too :) And I do agree with isadora about us being able to keep ourselves entertained and not feeling lonely.

28. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

I`m an only child, but my parents never prevent my adventures alone. Actually, they are almost the only people that understand me. I`m bothered with inquires and strange eyesights or facial expressions often when others(mainly Chinese) know me acting alone.

But how free, relaxing and exciting it is to go all around by oneself. I go to parks, museums and even coffeterias alone. I have friends, but it`s not necessary to always be with them.

29. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Quoting MelesMeles

I do agree with isadora about us being able to keep ourselves entertained and not feeling lonely.

I agree as well. Most only children are really creative, so I guess we have to thank our parents for that!

30. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Then I may have to thank the Chinese government for adopting the "one-child policy".--However, if I`m married with a guy who is also single-born, we`ll be able to give birth to two.