I am recently divorced and intend travel the world now. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has travelled alone and how they found the experience. I am reasonably confident but probably not enough to just join up with people uninvited or anything like that. Anyone been in a simlier situation? How did they find the whole youth hostel thing? Any travel romances? Anything at all really that will give me an idea of what I am in for...
Look forward to hearing from anyone..
Simon! youre in for a wonderful, life-changing, meeting new people, time! You couldnt be doing a better thing than going travelling! As for the youth hostel world - absolutely fabulous, they come in all shapes and sizes, big, small, cater to different tastes, some with a surfing theme, some with a clean, clinical almost hotel like atmosphere and the best place to meet other people who are also alone travelling and who would love to join you as you travel whether its a few hours, days or just meeting em on a long bus ride, you'll have met someone you may even be with the rest of you days!
Ive returned almost a year ago from bout 13 months on the road from London to Thailand through to Singapore, Oz, NZ, Fiji, S.America and even upto Peru, Bolivia only because I was recommended by other travellers, theyre werent on my plan of going from Santiago to Buenos Aires. No one else generally gets invited either, they just join one another cause if you dont you are truly going to be alone but it wont happen as travelling just forces you to talk to people you dont even know or may never see again but hey it makes the journey all the more intriguing!
In a few words - youre in for the ride of your life - seriously! Go do it man!
Definitely, go for it. This time next year, you will be looking back and wondering why you didnt do it sooner. If you've just gone through something traumatic or life-changing, this is really the perfect solution/escape/whatever you want to call it.
You're removing yourself from everything familiar, everything that might remind you of your marriage, and you're going to present yourself with a whole bunch of new experiences, challenges, friendships and maybe even relationships.
I travelled solo for 18 months and before that too, and I can't imagine travelling with anyone else now for very long. It's very liberating. And you wont need to be invited into any groups as such. If you are hostelling, you will meet so many other people doing their own thing too. And, as I said in another thread, you'll find the vast majority of backpackers very inclusive and anxious to get to know you.
To travel round the world alone is the best thing I've ever done.
I started in Canada in April last year, went down through the States, South America, Easter Island, NZ, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and ended the trip in Thailand this April.
I met loads of people from all over the world what I still keep in contact with.. and a couple of travel romances as well..
Except for new friends I got a lot of experience, learned about different cultures, saw some unreal scenery (specially in Argentina) and I even got offered a job before I went back home. I, of course, excepted it so now I live and work in Thailand.
I will definitely go again, and I would recommend to anyone how likes to travel to do it alone.
As for the hostels, it's the best way to go. Most of them are very nice and clean (if you have any doubts just ask to see the room before you check in) and it's the best way to meet new people. YHA hostels and Hostelling International keep a high standard so there always good but sometimes not as cozy and personal as other smaller ones.
Where are you thinking about going? Let me know if you want any tips on stuff to do or where to go.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Thanks a lot guys, I am looking forward to it. I plan to go in a few months once I have enough money together. Sanna, I was actually thinking of doing pretty much the same route as yourself. I'm looking for a RTW deal that will take me that sort of route.
Thanks again all.