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11. Posted by Hunita (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Hi Juliet

I think all the advice you have been given is sound. I have travelled both alone - 6 mths in SE Asia and various return trips over the years, Central America, USA and most countries in Europe - and with a partner. The success of your trip will basically come down to the personalities you are, your attitudes and how will you mix and match. There are no hard and fast rules and it will come down to communication - how you express your needs and desires - as in any good relationship. Don’t be afraid to split up if it is going badly wrong, as staying together could sour the whole thing. I actually have enjoyed travelling alone, enjoying the freedom and choosing where I go and when. I have met loads of lovely people and that has been one of the joys. Maybe I'm just selfish. However, a good joint experience with the right person is absolute heaven and something to cherish for a long time.

As for harassment. Well, you can get it wherever you go. Probably one of my worst experiences was with an English uni graduate (who should have known better) years ago in Greece who I had to fight off!! You are bound to get followed and hassled somewhere along the line. You will by some to be interesting, intriguing, different, an easy touch, etc etc. You have to be careful and watch where you are going. I have found teeming cities some of the most problematic. I have used the ring trick a few times and a photo of kids as well as a good story can come in handy. Having said this, I have done things that most people would consider foolhardy and come away unscathed....or maybe my instincts are good, who knows!!

12. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 10y

All the advice sounds perfect but I would add one think, don't hold grudges or brood over something, my boyfriend and i have an agreement all the time and not just for traveling that if something is annoying us we need to get it out in the air and get past it so we can get on with life, the past and old arguements only hold you back.... i try to never sleep on an arguement as it can turn the next day into a nightmare....and the biggest advice i agree with is compromise,..... we're going to south america at the end of the year for about 6-7 months, we both made lists of where we really want to go and have agreed to be flexible about the maybes as these will be time and money dependent...we also know that once we get there we will probably change our minds a millions times....

good luck for your trip....i hope it all works out amazing !!

13. Posted by Juliet06 (Inactive 33 posts) 10y

Thanks for all the advice! It's good to hear the varied experiences there are amongst you. Of course, I wouldn't entertain the idea of starting off together if I didn't think it would work out well, but I also know from experience that you can have a very different experience travelling with someone than you might have at home. Hopefully we'll be able to deal with the inevitable odd hiccup as well as we do at home thanks to some of this advice.

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