l am a young 47 and would like to know if there are any women that have decided to travel the world by their self.
l am planning a trip but l do not know exactly where to start. l know that l am going over to New Jersey to visit a friend and l am hoping to start my adventure by late oct this year.
My plan is to go to canada & alaska, sth america, eastern europe, southern ltaly, spain, portugal, morrocca and then over to lreland.
l would really like all the advise l can get, l am on a budget and am not sure about travelling by myself. How long am l able to have a tourist visa for?
Being winter what should l pack? l am only a small lady so what is the best type of luggage l should take?
l would have liked to travel with another women but unfortunately everyone l know has commitments.
What type of accommodation is best for my age group?
Jeez, these are quite a lot of questions...and not too specific
How long do you want to travel? Are flights to all destinations within your budget? That you'll have to backtrack when starting in New Jersey and going by the initery you planned will add to the cost.
Whether you'll need a visa depends on your nationality and the country you're travelling to; also costs and lenghts of stay differ. Have a look at http://www.dfat.gov.au/ for basic info and then proceed to the respective embassy.
Temperatures will vary considerably, so better pack lightweight and functional clothing - and say goodbye to your evening gown
As I don't know you I'm not prepared to even guess what kind of accomodation will suit you. I travelled quite a lot and stayed at five star hotels as well as in caves and on beaches; I just took it all as a part of the adventure. Just decide for yourself where you'll be comfy and what's within your budget. You might want to check prices beforehand - just goggle 'hotel' or 'hostel' for a list of reservation services.
About the age and traveling alone issue: there'll most likely be moments when you'll feel lonely, irritated, left outside or homesick - comes with the territory and will add to the overall experience
Hope I could help, you got further questions don't hesitate to ask
Flynn sort of covered all the main points there. I'd just say that travelling alone as a woman is a very rewarding experience. There's a sense of real achievement in it, I think.
Plus, a lot of the questions you have now just have a way of resolving themselves as soon as you get out there and start travelling. You'll find what you like and dislike very quickly.
My best advice to not to plan too much. A little preparation is just good sense, but go with an open mind and a free spirit.
I wish you all the best.
Please keep in mind that you have only 90 days for travelling visa-free in the Schengen area. The Schengen area covers most of Europe - Italy, Portugal and Spain are members and a large number of Eastern European countries are scheduled to join in 2008. Basically you will need to plan your Europe section very carefully to avoid visa trouble. Contact me (best with a rough initiary for Europe) if you have any questions.
I've not done a RTW-trip, but so far all my trips have been alone (single, female, young and inexperienced) and I except for one trip (where I broke my leg) I always came back home safe and sound. So I think you are going to be ok. Kudos to you!
As for what type of accomodation you should take - nobody is ever to old for a hostel if you ask me. Why spent 60 USD on a single room in a dingy hotel where some rooms are rented by the hour when you can have a bed in a nice, clean hostel for 20 USD?
Maybe a bit late in posting this reply but...
Being 47 when I embarked on my 10 month trip accross Africa and the Indian Ocean and turned 48 whilst out there I have to say... do not worry about your age! I stayed in mostly backpacker accomodation, including dorms and never felt out of place or uncomfortable. Occasionally though I did indulge in a nice hotel with ensuite bath, hot water, fridge, aircon and a good laundry service!
I think all the rest of your questions have been answered apart from luggage. I have a 75l backpack which converts to a suitcase which is great if you want to check into a flouncy hotel for a night not looking like a backpacker! Take a small amount of cheap clothes, bin them and buy new ones on route.
Have a fabulous time!!!