Hi, I am a 62 year old man and thinking of travelling worldwide for a few months by myself. My first thought is the concept of being by ones self i.e. not travelling in a group or with friends which is the thing that worries me the most. I am a reasonably outgoing person and could strike up conversations with anyone but have this feeling that I would arrive at a destination and not find people to meet etc. Also realising that a lot of "young" people will be travelling and I would not find anyone around my age to meet. Does anyone have any experience on the things that I am talking about or any thoughts on what I have said?
[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jan-2011, at 07:53 by Tresler ]
Well if you don't head too far off the beaten path there will probably be other people around to commiserate with . There are a lot of us Boomers out there wandering the Planet . I feel the important decision is that you are ready to hit the trail and it seems like you are open to meeting people . Those 2 facts are key . I've been on the road solo almost always - but not for long . New amigos are ready to meet and greet , and there's no better time than now .
Well, I know of what you speak. I'm 67 and travel solo too. I just came back from trip #4 to Indochina. All I can say is that part of the world is so very friendly that I have very few problems. Eating alone is probably the worst part of solo travel. In Vietnam, I have made several friends who really look out for my interests, and there I don't feel alone at all. Eating out in Indochina does not have the same stigma that it has in N. America - they let you sit wherever you want, and the service is usually wonderful. These days, there are so many others traveling (most are Europeans and Aussies) - I often forget just how shy I really am, and there's a sort of camaraderie that international travelers have. Just go, and you'll see what I mean. What I recommend is that you talk to the local people wherever you are - you can always communicate with sign language if you need to. The other hint I have is to stay in the smaller inexpensive hotels - you will find that there they really take special care with their guests (not at all like the cold chain hotels we use in the West). I can recommend one in particular - The Hanoi Art Hotel was just outstanding in this regard @ $45.
Whatever, it sure beats staying home!
[ Edit: Edited on 09-Jan-2011, at 16:47 by Daawgon ]
If you are an adventurous person you could also consider staying over night in hostels. In my opinion hostels is the best place to meet new like minded people. I also travel solo most of the time and often go on trips with people I meet at hostels. Hostels are usually frequented by young people but believe me... there are many people from older generations who stay at hostels to.