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I am wanting to go travel, but am worried as going alone!!

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1. Posted by Aileen_ 21 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hi,

I am 21 years old and want to go travelling, seeing Thailand, Australia, America, and any where else I may end up!

I went to Australia for a month last October, to meet a friend who was travelling the world, and completely have the bug now! If you have travelled to Oz then Im sure you are aware a month was just not enough time at all!

I want to go travelling again, I intend on selling my car (Anyone interested in a one year old Toyota Aygo, I may be your girl! lol), and then just leaving. But I am worried, I dont have the first clue about how I would go about it, and am just finding it daunting the thought of being alone travelling the world.

Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!

Thankyou! x

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

Really it isn't all that daunting especially if you stay in hostels. You will meet many people while you are travelling.

If you don't go to places like Downtown Los Angeles, Brooklyn, the Bronx or back streets of New York City after dark by yourself then you are not LIKELY to encounter anything bad along the way unless you do something stupid to attract unwanted attention to yourself. Just stay sober and use your common sense and you will have a great time with nothing to worry about.

You could have something very bad happen to you walking down the street where you live but it doesn't stop you doing it, so why should you let worries about safety in a foreign country stop you going there when the chances are nothing is going to happen? It'd be a whole different story if you were going in a ship off the coast of Somalia where Pirates are in large numbers, going to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq for the obvious reasons, the jungle areas of Colombia bordering Panama where kidnappings and murders happen at an alarming rate, Lima where muggings happen at a frightening rate and places in central America where you have a high likelihood of having something bad happen. Bangkok is not the safest place at the moment to go with the political situation going on, but as a general rule it isn't too unsafe and America and Australia are pretty safe places for the most part.

Go out and live life experiencing the world and not worrying about what is unlikely to happen.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Apr-2009, at 05:37 by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Quoting Aileen_ 21

Hi,

I am 21 years old and want to go travelling, seeing Thailand, Australia, America, and any where else I may end up!

I went to Australia for a month last October, to meet a friend who was travelling the world, and completely have the bug now! If you have travelled to Oz then Im sure you are aware a month was just not enough time at all!

I want to go travelling again, I intend on selling my car (Anyone interested in a one year old Toyota Aygo, I may be your girl! lol), and then just leaving. But I am worried, I dont have the first clue about how I would go about it, and am just finding it daunting the thought of being alone travelling the world.

Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated!

Thankyou! x

Hi Aileen_21 im in the same boat travelling alone. I found this forum soo helpful it has given me the confidence to go it alone. It is surprising that there are soo many others in the same boat. And staying in youth hostels is prob best bet to meet others. Hostelling international have a lot of hostels throughout SE Asia. Im planning to volunteer whilst i travel in Hanoi Vietnam so will break the alone time. Get some lonely planet guides and get reading good advice even around safety. I have found it is save save how long are you going to travel for?? Im trying to sort out my car, house etc once this is sorted its continue with saving im planning to head off Sept/Oct. I had also considered doing an Intrepid tour - tour company though i though it was expense but they sort out everything re travel and accom so just sit back and relax but equally your safety could be a risk even in an organised tour so i have decided to skip this and book all my flights and acc myself. Get some flights and accomm sorted before i go so it is reassuring before i leave home.

Good luck with plans give me a shout if you need anymore info/advice

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Look at it this way, if you go alone, you can do whatever you want to do, and be whoever you want to be. It's just so liberating.

plus it forces you to just be a stronger person overall because you will have no one to rely on but yourself.

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7. Posted by loveroftra (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hey!
Do not be afraid of doing it on your own! Buy an open ended ticket! The world is not as daunting as it might seem! Things like accomidation and many other tips can be found on websites like hostelworld.com tonnes of cheap accomidation in all most all parts of there world. They also give tips on other places to stay!
You will meet many people in the hostels and often end up travelling with them!!
Trust me mate,
DO IT!
I reccomend hostelworld from experiance, its helped me so much throughout my travels- especially being alone and not knowing cities!

8. Posted by darrylyoung (Budding Member 35 posts) 7y

Hey!

I was in the same situation not that long ago and, after some research, I'm so excited to be going RTW on my own! Have a quick read through my thread about travelling alone.

I've spoke to so many people who have done similar routes and they all say the same thing - DO IT! I just love the idea of being able to do my own thing whenever I want. I'm a confident and outgoing guy so if I want company I'm sure it won't be far away.

Good luck with all your planning -let me know how you get on

9. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Check out Couchsurfing which means you sleep in somebody's flat anywhere in the world you choose. Check the Profile of each individual offering accommodation and on their page, you'll find recommendations from others who have stayed with them already. The FAQ page explains how it all works.

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