I am also a new traveller and am due to head out on my round the world trip on 1st March 2011, my first destination being Rio de Janeiro! I am planning to travel for around 6 months, heading back to the UK around the end of August. I'm very excited, but also a little nervous, as this is all very new to me and I am (so far) travelling alone.
If anyone has any hints and tips regarding my destination or first-time travelling in general, I would love to hear them! Also, if anyone can suggest where to go to look for potential travelling partners, this would also be much appreciated! I am quite nervous of heading off on my own, and I know my family are too!! (I do have friends, honest, but they're all busy with work and uni and the like!)
Mexico: Chichen Itza : http://www.advantagemexico.com/
Guatemala: Tikal, Chichicastenango: Http://www.enjoyguatemala.com
Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, http://www.horizontes.com
Panama: Panama Canal, Bocas del Toro, Boquete, Darien, http://www.senderopanama.com
Hey, a few suggestions
1. The far east e.g Thailand, Malaysia etc.
2. Central/South America (see above)
3. North Africa (e.g. Morocco, Tunisia)
I've got a few short articles on my blog with lots of great photos of mine that might help you decide, it will only take 5 minutes to read
[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]
I found myself travelling alone earlier this year at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. At first I was freaked at the prospect of travelling alone as a female, but I can honestly say it was one of the best things that happened to me!
A few bits of advice which may help to ensure your safety/maximise opportunities for meeting like-minded people:
- Do your homework before you go-talk to friends who have already been to your prospective destinations and get advice for decent accommodation
- Activities-think about what activities you would like to get involved in while travelling and look up possible classes, groups etc to get involved in. These are a great way to meet people. I did my PADI diving course with 10 other randomers and we all got on so well we ended up travelling together
- Stay on the beaten track! Dont use this opportunity to explore the road less travelled. Some of the main bars/restaurants/hostels are popular for a reason and it is usually because they are safe and enjoyable. I'm not saying you should eat at McDonalds every day but if you get to meet people in the main thoroughfare, you can always explore the less alternative options with people you meet along the way
Hope this helps and enjoy!!
Great Post Little T - especially the safety segment .
Thanks, I learned the hard way finding out 12 hours before departure that I would be travelling alone!!! It totally opened my eyes to a new way of travelling though