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1. Posted by BigE2118 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

I have never done it before, and am worried it may be weird and possibly boring, BUT I have nobody with time or money to travel like me!! So then my question is, who all travels alone in here, and if you do, explain how you enjoy it so much. Thanks!!

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

You'll be fine dude, trust me on this. It's hard for people to understand who have either never traveled alone or who have no desire to travel at all, but it is much easier than it seems and often much better than traveling with somebody else. That said, traveling alone rarely means traveling ALONE. There are so many other solo-travelers out there, and even groups of travelers who are happy to hit a sight or the town with you, that you're really only alone as much as you want to be.

The beauty of it is also that every decision is yours to make. Feel like getting smashed and sleeping in until noon. No problem. Want to be the first one up to catch the sunrise over the mountains, have at it. You can do whatever you want and will naturally find other travellers looking to do the same things you're interested in.

I'll be honest, the first time I left to travel on my own, I was terrified. Now, I don't think I'd have it any other way.

Hope it works out for you!

3. Posted by BigE2118 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot man. So next question is, obviously it is my decision to make, but I'm considering two seperate trips for my being Japan/Hong Kong, and the other being Germany/Netherlands/Belgium/Austria. The advantage to Europe is its closer, slightly cheaper, and easier to communicate. However, I feel very intrigued by Asia too, so I'm not sure. Anyways, any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

4. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 9y

I'm planning on going to New Zealand and Oz later in the year alone, i haven't even booked anything yet but just thinking about it scares the crap out of me but i'm still gona do it. You can't not do thinkgs just cos they're scary, plus if you don't do it you'll wish you had in 5-10 years time.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello BigE

I almost always travel alone. Although, sometimes I go with my boyfriend and daughter.

When u are alone, u can get lonely in remote places. But overall, u meet a lot of new people.

Travelling alone, u will also have the added advantage, of deciding where to go, without your travelling companians objecting, and wanting to go someplace else.


6. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

I also travel alone,first time I felt a little bit lonly,but this feeling lasted only a short time.
Now I enjoy to be alone,I'm free to do what ever I wanna do,there is nothing to discuss with a partner or friend,where and when to have dinner,what hotel,how long to stay or what to visit and,and ...there are so many things to make compromises with a partner or friend.
Traveling alone is for me now the best,I can spend endless hours on market places and chat with the local women about there live and take picturs and not feel guilty because somebody is waiting for me to move on.

7. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

I also enjoy travelling alone, mainly due to the freedom to do what you want and not what you democratically agree to with a friend/friends. It may seem selfish, but i find that the solitude allows me to experience and immerse myself in a new environment better. I started travelling alone at 17, and honestly while i was quite worried at first leacing home, it turned out to be great and i would not have it any other way.

For me loneliness was not much an issue as i often meet great people en route, and you could always travel together to a common destination perhaps... Solo travelling also allows you to meet and talk to the locals, and normally they would be intrigued and curious about the young solo backpacker asking for directions/ appearing bewildered, which was my experience backpacking SEA at 17....

8. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive 160 posts) 9y

Thank u SO MUCH guyz... its a HUGE sigh of relief... coz i m travelling alone to Thai, Malay and Singapore in Feb... and was a lil worried....

but looking at the posts... i think i m gonna enjoy it ...


9. Posted by BigE2118 (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Same here, I feel much better about traveling now...still having trouble deciding between the Europe or Asia route though! :(

10. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

I suppose when deciding between Europe and Asia, you can start by determining your budget, whether you have friends there, which country you really want to visit, whether there are language barriers (of course, that shouldn't deter determined travellers, but a common language is always easier on first-time travellers), etc.

I'd suggest starting with Europe to get a feel of solo travelling. Travel between Germany, Holland, Belgium and Austria is pretty convenient and you should have no problem getting around. Once you get a taste of solo travel, you can then head to Asia for your next adventure!