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1. Posted by RKF (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Im 30 looking to do a rwt on my own starting next year, im prepared to give my job up to do this. just a few questions id love some answes to(im sure they have been asked here before)

What does the average traveller do every day? i guess im anxious of been lonely,especially at night time?

I like nights out etc, but gone past the nightclub scene every night, are most hostels full of younger 20's that love to party all night long every night? just wondering could i get fed up in a hostel?

dont wanna seem moany here, cant get these thoughts out of my head before i book anything!

Thanks a mill

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y


One thing you could easily become an expert at as a backpacker is The Art of Doing Nothing

I found the first few days of my trip a bit in..long. i felt I should be at work, but pretty quickly you get very used to the fact that you have all day every day to do as you please. You start to get up later, your whole body's rhythm just slows right down I think, and you adopt a much more relaxed attitude to things.

Is it easy to fall into the trap of just arsing around a hostel all day and drinking with people, but to me that just seems like a complete waste of a RTW trip.

One bit of advice I would give is maybe to do a bit of research on hostels. Party hostels generally get a name and you will hear from other backpackers whether or not to give them a wide berth. While the HI hostels can be good in the sense that you know you can expect a certain standard from them, generally they attract group of younger backpackers (at least that's what I have found). Try to find newer independently run hostels with a bit of charm or quirkiness to them. I always found great for finding places like that. You'll probably find a different breed of backpacker staying in those. Also, consider paying a little more than average if you want somewhere a bit more interesting and less institutional.

I could almost guarantee you that loneliness at night wont be a problem. I always hated hostels during the daytime, but at night they kind of come alive. If you're in a hot climate, usually everyone sits around outside at night having a few beers and chatting, or playing music, and there's generally a really nice vibe in most hostels. As long as you're not a total introvert you will always have company and people to hang out with.

Plus, you dont always have to stay in hostels. Depending on what countries you are planning on going to, there are lots of different options for accommodation.

Hope that helps your decision a bit. If you've any other questions just ask.

Good luck on your travels :)

3. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

You live. It is surprising how long getting food, sorting transport and finding a bed can take.

You will not be alone for long unless you shy away from company.

Learn to enjoy each day and not think about the next bit of the trip, it takes some practice but can be achieved.

There is always reading, letterwriting/emails, shopping and washing to name but a few things to keep you busy.

As mentioned already, check the hostel websites, read the reviews, they are the best place to find the 'quiter' places.

Also you try and ask for leave without pay from your job, what have you to loose?


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