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1. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Just wondering if any of you could help me decide where to go, i've now decided to go somewhere for a couple of weeks on my own, somewhere not too far away and somewhere thats cheap and safe for a solo female traveller, any ideas?

i really need some help on this one, i was planning to go to Oz but i think as ive never done anything like this before somewhere local and cheap would be ideal for me, ive never really been abroad before properly and let alone on my own! I just want to get the feel for travelling alone and being away from the stresses in the uk before i commit to anything serious like 6 months in Oz!

Any ideas would be very much appreciated, thanx. xXx

2. Posted by Martino (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

Skegness is nice at this time of year! ;)

...Seriously though, I would say it's difficult to get a decent idea of solo travel until you take the plunge and get to Oz or NZ. I think Oz and NZ and Thailand are fairly unique and will probably be a very different experience to Europe (especially at this time of year). There are so many other solo travellers when you go to OZ and NZ and the hostels are designed to help you introduce yourself to others and generally make you feel welcome.

Almost all of the many people I've talked to about travelling have said that making the decision to travel alone was the best thing they did. It does seem like a big step but honestly, once you get there you will meet loads of other people.

If you have the opportunity, then book that trip to Oz, I guarantee you won't regret it

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Lil j,

By all means go to Oz, but at the same time don't rule out Europe. I think Martino's comment that "it's difficult to get a decent idea of solo travel until you take the plunge and get to Oz or NZ" smells of travel snobbery a bit.

Take some time off and certainly consider going to Europe. European countries are no less unique than Oz or NZ, and plus with the language differences perhaps they could be considered a bit more unique and a bit more of an adventure.

P.S. I have been slack not answering your Oz question. I apologise, but am flat out at work and at home (new bubs) and at university.

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

hmm thanks guys, i'm just so confused at the mo, but i'm sure i will get there one day! i'm am certain that i want to go somewhere alone just dont know how daring to be i have so many people telling me soooo many different things! and i'm terrible at making decisions, typical! maybe i'll play it 'safe' or maybe i will just go for it, i just dont want to have any regrets or be stuck somewhere so far away from home if i dont like it, although i have no ties or commitments back here.

p.s james no worries! and congrats

Thanx again x

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

Hi Lil J,

Don't forget that if you go and find out travelling is not for you, or you really hate it, you can always come home. Although I seriously doubt you'd have to!

I've never really travelled and am going alone. I thought now's the time, I may as well throw myself into it. Since I started planning, I've almost lost count of the amount of people who've said, "I wish I'd done that when I was your age" or "when I had the chance" So you don't want to keep putting it off then wake up one morning with career/mortgage/partner/kids and be regretting not doing it.

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

yeh i know what you mean lil liz, so many people tell me that if they were in my situation they would go, i can put my career on hold, i dont think it will suffer too much! well i might climb the ladder quicker if i have that i have travelled on my c.v as i'm sure it will help and also it will make me more confident-well hopefully, that's something that i really want to get out of it.

i've never really travelled-well not at all really, so going it alone is a very daunting but highly exciting thing for me! i think i should trust eveyone as i have never heard of anyone who has travelled alone say that they hate it, i just need a little encouragement and at the mo i'm only getting it from work-perhaps they have had enough of me or if i go they can all get more money, he! he! i need some goals in my life, i have the funding and on my way to getting my passport, lol! so i have nothing stopping me, i'm getting there slowly!

Jasmine xXx

7. Posted by home girl (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hi Lil j,

I too am planning on travelling alone next year but i am off to the US. My plan is to go for 2 months but like people on here have said, if i hate it i can always go home! Hope i dont tho!

I am a bit apprehensive about it all myself but im just goign to go for it, chances are il never get this opportunity again and i want to get out there and see some of this great big world we live in! :-)

Have you thought about America?? I'll be going in May thru July i think, will have to see how the money goes tho!!

8. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

hey home girl, no i have not thought of america, it has never really interested me but then i dont know a thing about it. isnt america highly expensive though?

i suppose travelling is one of those things that you should just do, like everything really, do it to know whether you like it or not!

I bet if i dont do it soon, i never will and will regret it big time, i will always wonder about it if i dont go, i think i have made up my mind, it's just getting all the info and booking things, there are sooo many things to sort, although i suppose its all exciting i just dont have anytime, except the odd few hours that i dont work oh and the odd day once a week that is!

Jas x

9. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Hi Lil J, i know the feeling of getting away!! I was like that in the summer after having done a placement year from uni for 15mths and not being away anywhere! So i decided to go somewhere on my own!

I went to Norway for a week, solo travelling. I got cheap flights was the reason i went there (from Ryanair) and also the scenery suits me. Mountains, fjords etc. It is a really beautiful country but food is quite expensive. (transport and accomodation - hostels aint any more expensive than in UK). Had a brill time and met loadsa new friends from all over the globe. NY, NZ, Germany etc.

I guess check out some of those cheap airlines nd get a ticket and go!

All the best wherever you go!

Edd

10. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

hey edd, that sounds great, any info you can share with me bout solo travelling would be just fabtastic! i really want to do it, just get up and go. what did you get out of it?

Jas x