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11. Posted by elliottk (Inactive, 40 posts) 10 Feb '10 08:59

Quoting Tory-Vic

Dear elliottk,
I didnt mean to offend you and i am sorry if i did.
My point was not to show what Americans are like, as i believe you all are different (just as we, russians are) .
What i wanted to show, is that you can meet all kind of ppl, and if there is any problem, the best way is just to separate ASAP. in this case the rest of the trip will not be spoiled.
Sorry again if i hurt your feelings, i really didnt mean that.
Tory.

No worries Tory. That was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction on my part.

For what it's worth, I'm 50 percent Russian. ;)

Ukrainian actually, but in all honesty Americans do tend to lump those nationalities together ... especially in the days following WWII .... so my Dad gave up and started calling himself Russian.

Good point on being willing to separate from travel partners that are not working out. It seems as if there are almost as many horror stories as good ones so I guess the lesson is to know that you are always taking a risk when travelling, whether its with someone else or by yourself.

-Elliott

12. Posted by balhamboy (Budding Member, 3 posts) 10 Feb '10 14:49

I am doing a semi solo trip trip to Israel though I wont be all the time on my own. I will kill myself after a few days..... So I joined couchsurf.org. Im staying with three students sleeping on a mattress in Jerusalem and meeting a Jordanian in Petra for coffee. Still organising a couch/mattress in Amman.Now I know what some are thinking. Is this safe? Google couchsurf.org and find out for yourself.
All I can say is that Im looking very forward to my trip.

13. Posted by renfrew (Budding Member, 2 posts) 12 Feb '10 07:34

Quoting balhamboy

I am doing a semi solo trip trip to Israel though I wont be all the time on my own. I will kill myself after a few days..... So I joined couchsurf.org. Im staying with three students sleeping on a mattress in Jerusalem and meeting a Jordanian in Petra for coffee. Still organising a couch/mattress in Amman.Now I know what some are thinking. Is this safe? Google couchsurf.org and find out for yourself.
All I can say is that Im looking very forward to my trip.

Hi first of all Israel is a great place and I loved it. Second i went solo around Europe summer 2009 and i did some first time couchsurfing...was a great experience. They also hold meetings in different places and my first night staying with a nice gentleman in Rotterdam we went to a meeting and met lots of other couchsurfers and had some drinks and chatted. It is really safe and you just need to look at peoples reviews and characters. Also helped during times strapped for cash :)

Hope it helps alittle

Al

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15. Posted by arenwillia (Budding Member, 3 posts) 17 Feb '10 02:01

Really good and informative post,as per implementing new strategies and sharing views for camping and discussing many more beautiful places,culture and environment is really fun.Thanks.

16. Posted by louise0311 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 26 Feb '10 10:58

hi elliott, where and when are you planning on travelling? i want to go away 2011, america then to oz, may be new zealand

17. Posted by waranty777 (Budding Member, 10 posts) 9 Mar '10 23:47

I like the idea of traveling with a partner, too! I'm with you!! It's totally different from traveling alone, if, you meet the right partner. One time, I went to the Great Wall with two friends. One of them was too lazy to walk. She just stayed down the Great Wall and told us that she would wait there. However, when we got back to meet her, she was pissed off becasue we were taking a long time having fun on the path of the Great Wall. Though it was great to visit this extravagant struture, it was a nightmare when a friend was mad at you for taking a long time to enjoy the historical struture! Everyone has various tastes of traveling. Some people prefer to walk less while others love to walk as far as they can. Some people just have a quick glance at the scence and go shopping; at the same time, some people would rather take as many pictures as they can in order to picture every memory so that they won't forget the feeling of seeing the sight. Of course, you might like to share your feeling while traveling. It is so fun that everyone has to try it! So, a travel partner is definitely cool.

18. Posted by USAASIA (Budding Member, 12 posts) 3 Apr '10 07:44

In my opinion, traveling with others is great. DO IT! It expands your comfort zone and challenges you to adapt to new personalities. Travelers who are stubborn, not flexible, and not sociable, they might be better off traveling alone. Nothing feels worse than being with a rock! Fortunately, all my travel friends are party animals, adventurous, fun, smart and cool!

That said, with friends around you, it's very beneficial in many ways, such as looking out for one another (like when you return home late from a club/bar, when scammers, thieves, prostitutes won't leave you alone, or when you're on motorcycle trip and your tire pops), helping to share expenses, and most importantly having others to socialize and share the memories with (like going diving, snorkeling, etc).

Given the pros apparently outweighing the conts, I would definitely travel with others again, keeping in mind people are people and not perfect! For me, the more people the merrier. Ideally, 4 people makes a great group. If anyone is interested in traveling with me or thinking about doing a group trip, don't hesitate to include me.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Apr-2010, at 07:48 by USAASIA ]

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20. Posted by dojob1234 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 8 Jul '10 00:23

I met up with one from this forum too... Quite a nice lady... and enjoy the trip with her...
Now she's back in italy... :)