I have never travelled alone yet except for business/official tours. Now, i think its high time that i start travelling alone since its v difficult to get company. But am very apprehensive about it ....... means i have a hard time trusting other people.
can someone tell me how can i take out that fear out of me and just go ahead and make plans and enjoy my trip?
I can totally understand ur problem... As we grow up, everyone seems to have different priorities and diferent expectations that it is just too difficult making everything match and making a trip!
I think more than men , women find "lack of company" a huger problem. and i guess, i can include myself in that category too...
the best way to travel alone - is to go to a place which u are confident of. Somewhere, were there are lots of people - and its easy to get around. Atleast thats the best way to start. And preferably - u shdnt have an "economical" budget, instead opt for safer places to stay even if it is expensive. And be armed! all this advice is ofcourse keeping India in mind...
I remember when i was in hampi ( i had gone with friends) - the indian men were looking me up and down and whistling while they treated even more skimpily clad foriegners with utmost respect. yea, so 'off-beat' travelling which is what i would love to do goes right out of the window.
anyway, start small.... dont overdo the 'solo' thing... maybe u'll meet lots of people over here in this forum tht u can synch up with!
I concur with april; for a first-timer, it's not a good idea to go to a 'difficult' country, whatever that may be.
I don't agree, however, with her remark on budget; in my opinion, the more you spend, the more likely you are to be a target for all kinds of scams and more serious security threats. If you go backpacking on a low budget, on the other hand, you'll be fine and also (but that's just my opinion) meet much nicer people. That said, don't be overly stingy, either; better choose a slightly more expensive hostel downtown than that real bargain in a far-away residential neighbourhood where no-one seems to be out in the streets at night
If you plan on travelling within India, I suggest you post a request for advice in the Asia forum; I'm sure that you'll get lots of response.
happy travels, Niels
Traveling solo is one of the best things that a person can do in their life. It is a very liberating and helps one explore who they are. I just got back from a solo trip to Peru and it was great. The best way to meet people would be to stay a very reputable hostel wherever you go. They are always teaming with life and younger solo travellers; very easy to meet up with people for a day trip or for eating.
As far as a trust issue, the best advice is to use your judgement. If you share a room with someone hide your money/passport in a place that is not easily found. Do not make yourself the target. You should meet up with another female solo traveller as there are many of them. This will help easy trust issues because they are probably in the same position as you. Start off by maybe touring a museum or anywhere in a public place. By spending a few hours with someone you should be able to gauge who they are and if they are trust worthy. Hope this helps. Just book the trip and enjoy!!!
bentivogli... i agree with what u say.
I didnt mean expensive places which reek money rather dont go for seedy off-beat places which might bring trouble
And boreal, travelling alone is very liberating. I solo travelled in london - for 4 days and it was fun. i jus did my own thing, people watched, jus soaked in the atmosphere - but yea at tht point, i wasnt backpacking savvy and dint kno how to go abt finding other tourists.
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 15, 2006 6:40 AM by aprilsgal ]
In addition to what's been suggested in the previous posts, it would help a first-time solo traveller if you have some friends in the country you're visiting. They'll be the people you can trust to show you around, get you acquainted with the country you're visiting (and if you're staying with them, to cut down on costs!).
Basically, just chill and relax, be cautious and keep an eye on your belongings at all times.