Men with name VAhid RAzavi was traveling alone.. and his experience was very interesting!!
For some people travel is a way of life and it does not necessarily include 5 star hotels and vacations on the far away beaches. There are so many other ways to experience different cultures and enrich ones life. The best one is to try and observe people, interact, stay in hostels or find contacts and stay at people's homes if possible, go to the national cuisine restaurants and visit markets, stadiums, theaters etc, try and really feel the pulse of the country you are visiting. Some places can really surprise you, you can find the most friendly people in the countries you heard nothing but bad things about. So brake that chain of prejudice, and go see the places from the bottom of your list, you will be amazed by all you've been missing. There is a book that talks allot about these kind of things, it is a travel journal of an Iranian American entrepreneur traveling in Balkans, called The Age of Nepotism. I warmly recommend it, and also the site www.theageofnepotism.com
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you are going through a lot of the questions that i asked myself a few months ago. i had always wanted to travel, but i also had my dream job in my dream city and a fantastic work schedule and since the company has been on a hiring freeze for a few years, i knew that there would be no way that i could be re-hired and there are not other positions in my town like it.
My boss was very supportive and tried to work with me to take mini-time off as well as do a couple of overseas assignments to fullfill my interests w/o sacrificing career. honestly, with today's technology and virtual teams, i think you could probably take part of your work on the road with you as well as an option if you want some funds and maintain ties to career. i also understanding wanting a break from it as well too.
ultimately for me, with the drop in the economy, our projects were getting scaled back at work, so it wasn't as fast-paced, fun, and exciting, & being 30, i am starting to look towards starting a family. so i thought that leaving during a downturn would actually be a great way to take the time off w/o missing much resume building material AND when looking towards starting a family as a next stage, i thought that it would be much easier to take off now than later... so i went for it. My trip begins in 10 days!!!!!
good luck with your decision.
You may fly alone buts thats it, you will always be travelling/seeing something with someone as the independance allows you to see aplace or region with someone else if they see appropriate.
Meals out may be lonely now and again but thats fine.
Easier to meet and do things by yourself when you leave your initial country alone as you don't have to drag a friend to a museum, you can go with a like minded (probably single) traveller as well.
As a stats boy I can say most travellers ar e single travellers and MUCH happier than buddies travelling together.
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Just go - dont over think it - dont over plan it - just go. it will change your life. Solo is the way to go - you end up being so much more open to new people, places, experiences etc.
Good luck. I leave in march. leaving a housem friends, chushy job etc.
No worries. it is the right decision
Thanks for the replies, they're definitely confidence building and I'm so excited about it all now!
I've also just got a contract through from a camp in Roscoe NY where I'll be teaching mountain biking for 3 months (through the company BUNAC). I head out on June 14 until the start of September, should be a great summer.
Needless to say I've got a lot of planning to get done - the house for rent, leaving my job, saving money and finding my RTW ticket. I've been looking on roundtheworldflights.com - has anyone used these before? They've got a good ticket going from London - Thailand - Sydney - Auckland - Fiji - Hawaii - LA - NY - London, that's coming in at £915 for the dates I want (end Oct) and then there's the departure tax. I'm not too sure about all this, it says up to £750 so am I right in thinking that £1665 is the max I would pay for that ticket, all in?
Thanks again everyone, any advice is more than welcome!
Thanks fine I did practically the exact same route (look at my trips, click World travelling one).
I paid £700 + rax which came to £1300, that was 5 years ago!
Just wanted to add that I am in a similar position..I live and I work in London as a Web Developer in a very secure and well paid position.
I have had the travelling urge for many years and up until earlier this year I had written them off due to being settled. Then a friend went travelling and the bug bit me hard, I realised what I would be missing and that I'd regret not doing it, and so I plan to disappear this October 2009 calling at LA, SF, Fiji, Easter Island(maybe), NZ, Australia, Thailand, Singapore
Material possessions are just that, life experience is worth tones more
I'm 21 and I'm going to attempt a solo overland to New Zealand. I'm leaving the UK in September 09 and probably not coming back. I"ve been sat in an office for 6 months so far (5 months to go) purely to save money to do this. I'm getting a lot of hassle from family as it's far too dangerous and I should stick with my job and try and build a career, but my advice is, Just do it guys, You only live once....
Hey everyone up the alone travellers! ive been wanting to travel the world since i was 18 im now 29!! and i think why has it taken me 11yrs??? maybe its the job that i love, the house and the car!! I have got settled in my work life! I never thought i would travel the world alone its very daunting. Im planning to travel south east asia in october any advice would be welcomed.
Im thinking of an organised tour with interpid- India. Has anyone went with interpid?? I thought this would break my trip up and would not feel as lonely boo hoo.
Reading everyone's comments has made me realise im not going to be alone!
Any advice would be welcomed