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1. Posted by Mr Custard (Budding Member, 15 posts) 25 Aug '11 04:47

I am seriously think about going travelling but unfortunately I have no one to travel with. I have heard a few stories where people go out travelling on their own.

I just wanted a bit of advice on this. Is there like a website or company where single travellers go to and go on a organised trip? Any help on this would but greatly appreciated.

Thanks

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1747 posts) 25 Aug '11 09:18

I've been travelling on my own for 37 years and wouldn't have it any other way, as I can do what I want, go where I want, when I want to. As in walking into an airport, looking down the destinations board, deciding where to go and then buying a ticket. Or spending most of three weeks driving. Or sleeping on the floor of Madras airport with many locals one night. etc.

There are always plenty of people to meet on the way who you can join up with if you want to. Travelling on your own is so easy to do, these days.

Lots of tour companies who will sell you an organised trip to wherever you want to go, though on your own you will pay a large single supplement.

3. Posted by Mr Custard (Budding Member, 15 posts) 26 Aug '11 04:44

Thanks for this advice!

OK this sounds like something I am defiantly going to and I am really excited now.

How long do you usually go travelling for? You set a length of time how long you are going to go for or do you just go with the flow?

You look for work on your travels?

4. Posted by Luceee (Budding Member, 36 posts) 28 Aug '11 06:38

I am travelling to Oz on my own and it will be my first time leaving the Uk and 2nd ever flight (first time was a 20min flight to Glasgow).

5. Posted by VictoriaER (Budding Member, 17 posts) 29 Aug '11 02:12

Hello!! I'm currently on my own in new Zealand! I was originally meant to travel with a friend but she pulled out, I would never have booked to come alone but I'm on my own and I love it! I started in north America and after learning I'd be doing it alone I booked to do trek America to get me across with a group of people just for piece of mind and I'd heard good things about trek! I finished that in LA and flee to San fran and never did I feel lonely there were so many amazing people, and they would all give advice for my future destinations! I'm now in new Zealand and have booked to do the kiwi experience, basically a hop on hop off bus, so that's sorted my transport! my next stop is australia on a working visa, I've planned nothing beyond my flight there and my first 4 nights accommodation, not even my flight home! A lot of people say if you make too many plans you'll only want to change them!! I had so much support from STA travel with booking everything! They're so helpful!

Sorry if this makes little sense Very long flight! Good luck with everything

Vic x

6. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1747 posts) 29 Aug '11 03:04

Mr Custard. I travel for a fairly long time, as in months if I can since often the biggest cost in a holiday is getting there. Extra weeks can cost very little, and are welcome in the sun when it is winter back home.

Mid December 2010 till mid February 2011 I had a basic but fairly good apartment in Bangkok that even with electricity, water and wifi cost me about £160 a month. I could have spent that on heating back home.

I often don't have much of an itinerary on holidays so can "go with the flow". When you are on your own, you can do what you want and go where you want.

These days, wherever you go there are always plenty of fellow tourists about if you want to pair up with someone or join a group.

There is not really much work for "non-locals" outside of England (which is why many immigrants go there) so i just holiday. Unless you have a needed skill, any work you get will be hard work that the locals do not want, and low paid.

7. Posted by Niels1303 (Full Member, 131 posts) 29 Aug '11 09:53

I've been traveling alone for quite a few times and really enjoy it. But at the beginning I was a little bit afraid so I booked an organized trip. And organized trip is usually more expensive, but at least you don't have to worry about anything. I personally had a lot of fun travelling with a company called "contiki". They organize trips around the world for people between 18 and 35. Depending on your age and travel atmosphere you are looking for it might also be something suited for you.

8. Posted by LookNetwork (Budding Member, 14 posts) 1 Sep '11 14:19

I think it depends on you what type you are - some people would turn the world up side down, no difficulty in managing situations, in finding friends, in finding ways. If you feel you are dependent of your family/friends/places maybe you should persuade smbd to join you or there are group travelling everywhere -just find one. I like travelling together with smbd, is more fun, but i would go by myself too.

9. Posted by Devon Watkins (Budding Member, 4 posts) 1 Sep '11 14:43

I'm currently on my first solo trip! Been traveling around England, Scotland, and flying to Wales tomorrow. Will be flying back home to California in Oct. I have to say I was Terrified to do this on my own, almost to the point of passing out a few times... I'm getting used to it now and overall loving it! I definitely recommend doing it! Let me know if your thinking about going to Egypt soon that's one place I would like someone else with me or let me know if you want anymore advice! :)

10. Posted by fabrice6869 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 3 Sep '11 12:48

I always travelled alone and like it.
Being alone you have the choice : stay alone in your hotel or go outside and meet people.
I saw a lot of people travelling two or more people. They did not need to meet people and have no contacts with locals. But for me, travelling interest is to meet people living in the country.
And travelling alone teach you to know yourself better.