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31. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Yeah, we do miss you.

And, I don't want to sound like your brother or father, but "do take care, you hear?"

32. Posted by argie22 (Budding Member 40 posts) 10y

I'll be travelling alone in SA for the first time in a couple of months. At first, i thought i couldn't do it because it'd be too unsafe. But now, i feel like this could be a great thing for me, to get to know a side of myself that i haven't seen because i always keep myself so sheltered.
Reading that i'm not the only one helps a lot...
Wish you luck,
Daniela.

33. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

I think it's like jumping into a swimmingpool wich has quite cold water.

It's scary to begin with, but once you get used to it, it's great. Just jump in, and try to forget all your fears, without being careless etc

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35. Posted by laimui (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Travelling alone is great! I got to learn more things about myself and discover things on your own. I have to admit travelling with a companion is good also though like everyone says you need to check in with them what their plans are for the next few days.

This is also my first big trip and have been travelling for the last 3 months. I have to admit I have been with friends and family most of the time. You learn to open yourself up to others.

Just enjoy and go with flow!
Take care

36. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Most people here would probably agree, travelling alone really improves your self confidence and ability to talk people. I used to be really shy, but I still mananged to go it alone, and meet lots of really interesting people.

I didn't think much of it while I was out there, but since I've come back, a lot of people, including potential employers, are really impressed by what I've done.

As long as you have a lot of common sense and keep your wits about you!

37. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Quoting ClaraLiz

Most people here would probably agree, travelling alone really improves your self confidence and ability to talk people. I used to be really shy, but I still mananged to go it alone, and meet lots of really interesting people.

I didn't think much of it while I was out there, but since I've come back, a lot of people, including potential employers, are really impressed by what I've done.

As long as you have a lot of common sense and keep your wits about you!

Same for me. While you travel you don't think about it but when you come home and you had a great experience a lot of people are impressed (and a little bit jalours)

38. Posted by juday (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

A word of caution to all who choose to travel alone. However, confident you may be and sure "it won't happen to me" please read the story of Jenny Pope the missing British nurse in Ecuador either by doing a Google search for Jenny Pope, going to the BBC website for updated news stories or better still looking at the missing persons poster at www.soundsculpture.co.uk

If you are in South America please consider downloading , printing the poster and posting it in your neighborhood and passing the information to friends.

If you have travel plans there please talk about this to all people you meet in case someone remembers something to help bring Jenny home safely to her family.

This is a genuine incident provided me by my cousin, a young single British woman who was on the last leg of her round the world adventure, who met Jenny at New Years in Peru.

39. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Its awful about Jenny Pope being missing, but I do hope these stories don't put people off too much.

There was a British girl murdered on Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand at New Year, and she was travelling with a friend, not alone.

Bad stuff can and does happen, even if you are really sensible. But it could happen in your home town too. Its just a matter of being really careful, and always keeping people informed of your whereabouts.

40. Posted by juday (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Glad you got home safely. The point is that tons of people read these threads, and if ANYONE has contacts in Ecuador to whom they can forward the poster information, then please do it, so the grassroots effort effect ripples out.

My cousin says they are getting as much encouragement and supporrt from such contacts as from the officials. They have also been in touch with the families of the young couple in Bolivia whose story was posted earlier on this website... similar scenario ~ bank account cleaned out.