Has this worked for many people? I mean meeting someone online to travel with. I'm travelling with someone I know for years and we've had our moments on more than one occasion. Are people not a tad apprehensive? I'm truly interested. I find it fascinating as you will to some extent have to put your trust in said individual who one finds across cyberspace.
I see where you're coming from, but what is an international solo traveller if not someone who on any given trip puts their trust in many people they've never met at all. All the while feeling as free and self reliant as anyone ever has.
I don't know if others have had much luck, but I for one have met a few people from the net before, and don't really see it as any worse than other more "conventional" meeting points.
Then again I once met a person at a bar and drove accross country with them the next day.... so maybe its me.
Hey BA (nice username by the way ),
I can see where you are coming from and have wondered about this myself. We have had some threads going in this forum where folks were arranging to meet up with each other once arriving in their destination. I don't know exactly how much this really works out but from what I have seen quite a few people love it. I think in one way, it is all part of preparing for a trip and being in the same place (mentally) as others thinking about the same trip.
Much of what you read is about the anticipation of such a trip, things that folks are apprehensive about etc. As such, the apprehension of going to a strange place is often more in a way than any apprehensions of meeting a 'stranger' from cyberspace, so it actually works to make people feel more secure, rather than more apprehensive.
Personally, I would have no problem meeting some of the folks from this forum, in fact, I would love to meet some of them sometime when I go travelling. Like IMonaghan, when I travel it is mostly about the people I meet along the way and the fact that I don't know them. The fact that I have seen what they write on a forum, does in a way make me realize before meeting them where they are coming from.
Of course you can't trust blindly on what you see all the time on the net, but then again, you can't when you meet folks in bars, hostels, restaurants either. Just a matter of common sense in the end I guess.
Oh, and I would always arrange to meet in a very public place, preferably with more folks you know....!!!
Would like to hear what more folks think of this actually...
Well never thought of it myself, but it is an interesting point. Personally I will base my trust based on the things you say, or ask or want to do and when I finally meet the person the same thing applies. You can always break away and go do your own thing.
My wife and I are doing a RTW starting Jan 15 for 7 months, we would love to meet up other travellers just for a beer and to chat not necessarily to travel with. Again do what you feel comfortable with. I feel I am a good judge of character so I am comfortable meeting strangers.
I can understand and agree.I just traveled with someone I had personally met and talked to for three months and yet on the 6 week trip living in the same hotel rooms and spending that much time together was desastrous. His personalitiy was great but his personal hygene habits drove me up the wall and I am not a pickey person. Three pairs of sock pants undershirt etc for 6 weeks was a bit much. I have had better luck traveling alone and meeting people as I go. I have done Europe twice, China, Bish Isles, Australia now doing the pacific.