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

Hi,

I was hoping for some advice. I am a 21 yr old girl and really want to go travelling but have never done it before...i want to know how easy is it to find other people to travel with whist traveling or before you go?

I am hoping to do central america, thailand, india, sri lanka etc....i have been warned by a few people that it can be quite unsafe as a young blonde female and they have advised avoiding some countries--but i really want to travel to them!

I just wanted a few peoples advice and experiences of the matter really!

Also if you can let me know which countries you have been to and if you would recommend it please!

Thanks

Sarah

2. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 7y

Oi, do it! dont let anyone hold you back girl! I did, as a guy! I always say the lonely part was going from my home to the airport cause there were no friends to meet or tag along with. Once your on the road you'll meet the most extraordinary and amazing humans on this planet, you may tag with them or they may tag with you for anything from a few hours to days or weeks and hey know what - they'll end up being lifelong friends! now whats to lose with that!

One of my neighbours and schoolmates heard I was off on a RTW trip in Oct 2006 - Nov 2007 and guess what. She obviously thought she was missing out and packed up her troubles in her owl kit bag and smiled and headed off the next Sept after me on her owny o! From what I hear Louise had a super super time and by the way shes a blonde lass as well.

Forget the rest of the people, theyre your dreams, now live em out Sarah!

3. Posted by gaurav24 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi,

It's good that you wish to travel alone on your own butI think you should be a little more carefull while travelling. You have chosen some of the really good place to travel. I travelled to Singapore last to last month and was on tha same track as you are thinking. But I tell you that I enjoyed very much made a lot of new friends and found some good and interesting companions. You should remember the following points while travelling:-

- Be carefull while using the currency
- Don't listen to everything what the guides say?
- Try to take the essential items with you in your travel pack.
- Try to travel in daytime.

As you are young and mature I am sure you can take care of yourself very well. I would just say that have faith and confidence in you and you will enjoy your travel to the highest degree. If you get time to visit India just let me know I will feel happy to help you.....

Regards,
Gaurav Hooda

4. Posted by lostbunny (Budding Member 22 posts) 7y

Hey,

Just do your research and know where you're going, where to avoid, what precautions to take. If you can think of one place that might be dangerous for a single lass, guaranteed there's already been a handful of solo women travelers that have trekked there! I'm reading this for motivation, might help you too :)

"Wanderlust and lipstic: The essential guide for women traveling solo" by Beth Whitman.

5. Posted by thepionier (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

Traveling is SAFE. It is so rediculous how people who haven't traveled anywhere other than resorts and cruises seem to insist everything is so "dangerous".

This goes for males or females. Solo or not.

The only difference for females is the fact that people tend to me more apt to give them attention and help - which is actually a good thing.

You're not going to war in Northern Gaul during Roman times much less are you heading into Bagdad with a flak vest. All you are doing is just walking around the area, just like millions of others before you.

Have fun and live like there's no tommorrow.

Derek

6. Posted by justlikeme (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

i have no problems with travelling alone. i would rather travel alone or with just one friend. any more than that would be too much.

7. Posted by htdg (Budding Member 24 posts) 7y

I was in almost the same position as you. I was 21 years old. Had never travelled before. None of my friends could/wanted to go with me so i decided to go alone. I started out in Japan and spent 6 months travelling through asia. I visited China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and ended my trip in India.

The thing is, i wasn't very skilled socially. A few years before i had gotten the diagnosis "social phobia". I did the trip to challenge myself into becoming more social. It worked and it turned out meeting people is much easier than i thought.

Do it. If you are not totally socially handicapped you will meet a lot of different people and you will have the time of your life. I promise.

8. Posted by Ofelia (Respected Member 142 posts) 7y

Also remember that you won't necessarely be alone! When travelling, you always meet people to hang out with- you often find other travellers to go out with, do sightseeing etc. Act confident, even if you don't know where you're going. I've travelled around all the continents on my own and have never really had a problem. You get the occasional unwanted hanger-on, but I've never really felt threatened. Expect a few marriage proposals as well! :)

This is an interesting detail and something a lot of women have asked me:

Quoting Bails

blonde female

Being blonde really has nothing to do with it, in my opinion. I've had women ask me if they should colour their hair, but that's just silly. Basically, if you're in a place where you stand out, you will stand out regardless of your haircolour. I've had every hair colour between platinum blonde and jet black, including bright red, and it makes no difference. Accept that people will look and even stare, take it in your stride, and don't worry about it too much. Just enjoy the travelling!

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Sep-2009, at 04:11 by Ofelia ]

9. Posted by allangerin (Inactive 5 posts) 7y

I LOVE traveling alone--not having to worry about someone else's comfort, being free to wander without a plan, setting my own schedule, looking for the next adventure. Traveling alone can be quite liberating. It's just you and the wide world.
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10. Posted by eric25 (Budding Member 27 posts) 7y

Quoting allangerin

I LOVE traveling alone--not having to worry about someone else's comfort, being free to wander without a plan, setting my own schedule, looking for the next adventure. Traveling alone can be quite liberating. It's just you and the wide world.
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Amen brother!