I am a 41 year old single female planning to travel to singapore,australia, new zealand,fiji and bangkok for 6 weeks by myself. i am really looking forward to it but also a bit scared. is it easy to meet fellow travellers once you are past 21! also, any suggestions about must see's in new zealand. i am planning to hire a car for 2 weeks and just see where it takes me
The age and being single things sort of bothered me for a bit, but the more I thought about it, the less they did. I am the age I am, there's nothing I can do about it and I'd like to think I am more interesting for it. I don't have a problem meeting people at home, so why should I when I'm away. I've never been abroad on my own but I have just booked my flight to go to Australia at the end of the year for a month and can't wait, (I would have liked a bit longer but it's the longest I could get off work in one go). Enjoy yourself.
I started roaming about the world on my own when I was 36 and I'm still going (now 40). As long as you are young at heart and relaxed you will have a blast. I recommend staying in Youth Hostels, not because of the price but they are generally social. They have a common room and communal kitchens so you can't help but start chatting to people, and most of the people you will meet are fellow travellers who enjoy swapping travell stories. Before you know it, your email address book will be full and you will have made some of the best friends you will ever meet.
As for NZ, while it is a small country, there is heaps to see and do. If you are looking for adventure activity, look to the South Island. If you are going to the North Island I personally love Rotarua but shamefully have to admit, as a typical Aussie, I haven't spend enough time in NZ myself
I think life begins when you start travelling. Regardless of age.
That's my 2cents worth.
I agree with Wonderbus.
I did my first solo trip abroad at 30 (Kilimanjaro) and it has changed my life, and me as a person. I subsequently went to Nepal, and then took partner and 2 kids RTW for a year.
You'll have no trouble meeting people, travelling with people and swapping stories.
You might not want to be clubbing every night with the gap year students, but I'm fairly sure they wouldn't mind if you did! By definition, travellers are an open-minded, relaxed bunch.