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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Im contemplating quite seriously travelling alone to Vietnam come November for around 3-4 weeks - other half who l usually travel with cant take that amount of time off work (although hes also not taking me seriously that l can do it alone!)

SO, what should l be contemplating and thinking about for solo travel - l think if l do it, it would be such a great empowering experience.

I dont particularly want to stay in a dorm room - dont mind paying the extra for a single room, but how do you meet people, cope with language barriers etc etc.

Am l being too adventurous with Vietnam alone (coming from UK) - l have been to SE Asia before so the culture wont be a shock!

Also most importantly - when you travel alone - how do you put sun cream on your back???????

Im about 80% convinced lm going to do it - just need some encouragement to go that extra 20%

Heather

2. Posted by amorphis (Budding Member 47 posts) 9y

Just do it. What 'he' thinks (and I say this being a male myself) shouldn't bother you at all.
I wouldn't worry too much about meeting people when you're traveling solo. There will be many moments when you just want to be on you own instead of being constantly surrounded by travel companions you will just meet along the way all the time. Language barriers? Yes, they will always be there when you're traveling in Asia (or on some other continent). Try to brush up your French before you go, that can be very useful in Vietnam.
For the last 20% of encouragement you seem to need, I advise you to go to www.travelaloneandloveit.com. This site has good content in itself, but also a lot of links that are worthwile checking out. Maybe you'll even find a clue for your 'back sun-cream issue'...
Happy solo traveling!

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Purdy! Okay, I understand why you're asking these questions - your biggest concern is the sunscreen issue, isn't it!?!

You really need to visit GT more often as there are so many threads about solo travel, what to expect, how to start, etc. I suggest you send a PM to Steff as she's been traveling SE Asia solo for awhile now. Plus, you'll also get lots of other people telling you to do it. I'm not sure if Ev (Samsara2) has left OZ/NZ yet, but she was headed to SEA alone too. Oh, and Claire (Baluba) is traveling solo - she's in Madagascar at the moment. Her traveling companion is her stuffed lemur (whom she says in desparate need of a bath).

Having met you, I know that 20% of indecision won't last long!! Enjoy the adventure!! ;)

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

Quoting Purdy

Im contemplating quite seriously travelling alone to Vietnam come November for around 3-4 weeks - other half who l usually travel with cant take that amount of time off work (although hes also not taking me seriously that l can do it alone!)

SO, what should l be contemplating and thinking about for solo travel - l think if l do it, it would be such a great empowering experience.

I dont particularly want to stay in a dorm room - dont mind paying the extra for a single room, but how do you meet people, cope with language barriers etc etc.

Am l being too adventurous with Vietnam alone (coming from UK) - l have been to SE Asia before so the culture wont be a shock!

Also most importantly - when you travel alone - how do you put sun cream on your back???????

Im about 80% convinced lm going to do it - just need some encouragement to go that extra 20%

Heather

I have traveled alone to Asia. U can do it too. In fact, I feel more comfortable travelling in Asia, than S. America or Africa, because violent robberies are a lot less likely.
If u are in a place, where it is "OK" to wear a bathing suit, u can ask just about anyone, on the beach to help, with your suncream.
No need to stay in a dorm room, in most/all countires in SE Asia. Single rooms can be very inexpensive. They are certainly affordable for most people, in Vietnam.
U will meet people everywhere. Dont even worry about that. People will just start conversations, with u about all kinds of things. They will ask u questions or for advise, or they will tell u about some wierd travel experience they had.
About culture shock: I think, it is a good idea, to get some rest, and wait a few days, for the jet lag to go, before leaving the capital, then u will be better able to deal with the culture shock. Also, invest in a Lonely Planet book. Those always give sensible, accurate advise, about ettiquette.
Yeah, the language barrier is there. One gets more out of travelling, if one can speak the local language, but one cant speak every language in the world. U will get by. People in most places, will be able to find some way, to tell u how much things cost and other things they think are essential, to tell u.

5. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 9y

You can so put that sun lotion on your back if you stretch a lit bit...

Girl...Go...Go....Go...Have A Fab Time...If we only waited for our other 1/2 to afford the same time off as us,we'd never go....Just have fun in Vietnam.

You other 1/2 really wants you to go deep down;););)

Happy Travels...;)

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Oh you have all be so good with your encouragement - but now its futile - Paul has been able to get the time off work and we will travel together! But it really made me think - and it is definately a personal challenge lm going to set for myself to travel alone - will maybe start with somewhere in Europe to begin with then moving further afield.

To be honest if it were somewhere like Oz or NZ - l would've had less doubts - English speaking country and there people l know living there and travelling there (plus from having been at Christmas l know they both are really friendly nations!), but l am DEFINATELY going to move myself out of the comfort zone and travel solo in the next 18 months.

Heather

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

cope with language barriers etc etc.

And Paul is obviously a fluent Vietnamese speaker....?

8. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Language wasnt my biggest worry - lve coped before with that in Russia or China etc! It was the going it alone and being self suffient which was my biggest hurdle!

Anyway - stop making me justify myself Rich I have it as a challenge to complete over the next 18 mths!

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

but how do you meet people, cope with language barriers etc etc.

To meet people, just add alcohol.

To cope with language barriers, just smile and look stupid. Most people will take pity on you. At least, that's what I've found.

I love travelling by myself, probably more than travelling with people, actually. You set your own timetable, you can do anything you want. It's great.

10. Posted by johnny_d (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Go for it purdy!!! I'm currently travelling alone in se asia and im having a blast!! After a couple of hectic weeks in thailand i'm now travelling round vietnam. I was a bit sketchy bout here on my own but i was totally wrong. I've met so many random people, best thing ive done is trekking and a cruise and ive met so many like minded people. I'm leaving hanoi tonight on a 14 hr bus journey to hue and it's gonna be fun. Feels so good to be finishing one adventure only to start another one!! Happy Travelling:)