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11. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y

What a great thread!

I was just saying to someone the other day that, as much as I'm rather shy and at times pretty introverted at home, I come out of my shell completely when I'm travelling alone. And it's not even a change of mindset or something I have to work on while I'm away. It's like an automatic switch - I wave goodbye at the airport, then step on the plane a whole new me. Or, rather, a completely confident and fulfilled me.

I sometimes wonder if I shouldn't spen more time travelling - or longer periods travelling - to see if I can manage to make the non-shy me more permanent.

Thank you, fellow shy people! It's so nice to know we're not alone!

12. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 12y

hi loei, im a 21 yr old male, would conisder myself quite "shy". i thought travelling for me this year for the first time would be hard as i wouldnt start conversations very easily at home but when you go travelling try to learn some expressions of the language of the country u wana visit before you. I learned some norweigan expressions this year and was able to use it to ask the locals for help (most of them spoke to me in perfect english anyway) One really important tip - bring photos of your country, i brought photos of ireland to share with others - theyre a great conversation starter!

13. Posted by gianni (Inactive 9 posts) 11y

i am glad to say that i am not "shy", not at all!! especially when i am travelling!!
i guess its me , "Dr.J & Mr.H" or "Clark kent&Superman"
bcuz at my homeland ok i am still not shy but not that open either
but when i have my stuff on my shoulders i am getting totally relaxed and open to anyone
....can talk to anyone about anything

14. Posted by brad_cat (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Yaah, I'm a pretty shy person too. I'm normally pretty quiet until you get to know me, then I don't shut up. :)

I think people travelling are just more interesting than most people... I could listen to someone talk for hours about their home country and what its like there, what the people are like, etc.


15. Posted by AsiaDreams (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I've had the same experience as several other people in this thread. At home, I'm quite shy and introverted. But when I traveled by myself, I found it was rather easy to talk to people. Telling a taxi driver where i needed to go, talking to fellow travelers at the hostels, joining total strangers for shyness issues involved here. I just did what i had to and made some friends along the way.

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