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11. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I'm usually the guy with the 80L backpack and the map upside down.

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

But are you sitting there hoping people will talk to you? Or are you simply enjoying your trip and come what may?

Sincerely, I think I'm missing the point of this post! I must be having one of those days...

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

But are you sitting there hoping people will talk to you? Or are you simply enjoying your trip and come what may?

Sincerely, I think I'm missing the point of this post! I must be having one of those days...

Oi geezer ! Wot's yore name ? Aw right ?

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

If the question was put differently:

You're a solo traveller and you're in a new country. You don't speak the language and don't know up from down on a map. People are sitting in groups around you, engaged in conversation, glancing your way on occasion. Do you wish they would:

a) come and ask if they can help
b) smile so you feel welcomed
c) ignore you

Then I would say "b". If I was a solo traveller, I'd appreciate the nods and smiles but would know it's up to me to get up and talk to people, if that's what I want. They're on vacation, too - I wouldn't expect them to be worried about putting me at ease. I'd also like if people asked me if they could help, but I would assume they were being friendly and not feeling "sorry" for the poor, solo traveller. Cause I may be lost and confused, but I'd still be very happy!

Does that make sense? I just couldn't get around how to answer the question the other way around.

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The practical problem still is that you don't speak the same language ...

16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Ah, some languages are universal. ;)

(I was talking about travel, of course!)

17. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Of course you were ! ... Perhaps we could all just listen to soothing music in the hypothetical communal area in a foreign hostel. Come to think of it does anybody actually gather in communal areas since the introduction of the internet?

18. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

I’m sorry for the confusion caused by the hypothetical example and I’m appreciative of tway, who took the effort to twist the question so he/or she( opps) could give a most relevant honest reply.
I understand that like all letters to Auntie Agony, people always take on a pseudonym – Boy A likes Girl B blah blah blah, but here, my only intention is to gain more insights into people’s attitude towards these solo travelers. Whether they have pre-conceived notions about them etc.
Ahh..so I’m not exactly the guy depicted although I do travel alone mostly. There u go.

19. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

I'd definatly say hello, i think it's probably the best part of travel, meeting new people. Travelling is about learning new things right? So this differently cultured person would be able to tell you about their part of the world.
Making new freinds from different countries is about 70% of the joy of travelling for me.

I was in a small chinese mud village about 400 miles from ANYWHERE, it had a small expanse of grassland and at the end a buddhist monastery. I was alone and on my way to see the place, on the grass were three teenage trainee monks, they gestured me to sit and we spent 2 hours sitting in the sun, trying to communicate and eating sunflower seeds. Fantastic; i'll never forget it.

20. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

I'm wary by nature. I wouldn't oppose going up to a solo traveller and asking if he needs help. But I wouldn't do it all the time, only if I think this person really needs help. And were I travelling solo, I would appreciate help from others, but not the over-zealous types.

But the joy of travelling solo is, for me, finding out unexpected sweet spots all by myself. Of course, I have to be careful not to get lost...