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1. Posted by acerX (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I have planned and replanned and thought and rethought about a 5ish week excursion though Mainland Europe. I would be flying to either London and taking the Chunnel or an airport in Germany/France. I would be then visiting a plethora of cities throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, with an offshoot to Prague. This would be a teaser trip to give me a taste of "the rest of the world."

As the trip was originally planned I was to go with a friend who had been to various popular places in Europe. However, he has recently pulled out of the trip, leaving me solo. I am very apprehensive about going to another continent for 5 weeks solo, with no prior experience and limited resources.

I have never travelled alone, don't know how to use the rail systems in Europe (obviously b/c I have never been), cannont speak the native languages of 7 different countries, and have no deffinite place to "fall back to" as I will be going with the Hostel route for such accommodations.

I am still planning on going, but am very VERY nervous, and the trip is planned for 5 months from now.

Any comments? Suggestions? Questions? Words of wisdom?

2. Posted by pog (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

I haven't really done much solo travelling before (about to embark on an 8 month europe trip with the girlfriend, could be solo by the end )... But this is what other ppl have said;

Going solo, you learn to become confident in yourself and your abilities - and you're in complete control of what you want to do. Don't stress, there are many other ppl out there who are doing what you are doing - i'm sure you'll meet plenty of others along the way to keep you company and who can help you out if you do fall into trouble.

So i'd say go for it, as you're doing start in the 'easier' countries first (the english speaking UK) and see how you go. And don't try and fit in too many countries - you'll want to see more than the back of a bus seat. Hope this helps.

Cheers
Ben

3. Posted by EnglishGal (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

wow, the answer is simple.... sign up for this program in Spain - a working holiday deal where, if you speak english - thats the work part - you get your 7 day holiday covered in these English villages! Its not even really work, if you're naturally chatty and like meeting people, this 7 day program is filled with conversation activities, walks, an excursion, a party and theatre nights...to make sure the Spanish clients get plenty of English in their head! Its totally free there's no catch and the best part is, you meet people and continue your travels with them.. so check out www.vaughanvillage.com and sign up, Im going from January 20-27 so hope to see you at the Salamanca venue!

cheers!

4. Posted by acerX (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

Quoting EnglishGal

wow, the answer is simple.... sign up for this program in Spain - a working holiday deal where, if you speak english - thats the work part - you get your 7 day holiday covered in these English villages! Its not even really work, if you're naturally chatty and like meeting people, this 7 day program is filled with conversation activities, walks, an excursion, a party and theatre nights...to make sure the Spanish clients get plenty of English in their head! Its totally free there's no catch and the best part is, you meet people and continue your travels with them.. so check out www.vaughanvillage.com and sign up, Im going from January 20-27 so hope to see you at the Salamanca venue!

cheers!

Looks like an intense program. Although could be fun. The only problem is my trip takes me nowhere near these regions. The closest I would be might be the French Riviera. Plus i would need to add another week to my trip, which would not allow me to be in the US on July 4 (Independence Day).

I will consider it though. Thank you for the resource.

5. Posted by friscokid (Full Member 122 posts) 10y

don't be nervous. going solo means you won't have anyone second guessing your decisions or becoming impatient as you are taking your time making a plan to overcome language barriers.

keep a slow pace to study whats going on around you and you will get the picture on how to act/react by watching the locals move about.

i'm going solo to germany in March and dont speak german. in holland you should be fine speaking english as it is my understanding they perfer to speak english to english speakers instead of dutch.

Also if you are staying in hostels you will me other travelers (some also going solo) -- thus you will be ok!