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31. Posted by JimRL (Full Member 38 posts) 11y

Now I have most things sorted for my trip and its actualy going ahead I am getting a lot of "Why are you going?" and its asked in a way like I am not supposed to be going traveling by myself. I`ll say its because its a good time to go traveling been in my gap year, but because its either not a solid enough answer or an invalid answer answer they look at me like I am some clueless individual.

Do I have to have a answer and a reason for wanting to go to Southeast Asia? Maby some people feel with all the worldwide media coverage of everything there is no need to explore.

32. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

These multiple choise questions drive me crazy, sometimes;)! I don't really think that I fit into any category, so here is my explanation of what I do: I'm quite passive sometimes when I am travelling alone. It is when you see someone who has something in common with you that makes you react, warm up, and become a bud. You could find something in a hostel that is common among travellers and meet people that way, or you could find something that interests you and invite people if you're brave enough to. It is crazy, but the smile is an automatic responce, "I'm nice, keen, gentle and totally sane."

33. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

1 more thing, I've travelled solo in my own country and in Germany, and I find, that unless you hitchhike down the T-C Highway, some people might find it difficult to make new friends. So this is a tip for anyone travelling solo in Canada- make that a tip for anyone who sees someone travelling solo, in Jared's hypothetical scenario: please say, "hi," introduce yourself normally, and stop being so rude, cliquey and anti-socail/abusive.

Sorry for being so impersonal.

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

Quoting JimRL

Now I have most things sorted for my trip and its actualy going ahead I am getting a lot of "Why are you going?" and its asked in a way like I am not supposed to be going traveling by myself. I`ll say its because its a good time to go traveling been in my gap year, but because its either not a solid enough answer or an invalid answer answer they look at me like I am some clueless individual.

Do I have to have a answer and a reason for wanting to go to Southeast Asia? Maby some people feel with all the worldwide media coverage of everything there is no need to explore.

Not exactly sure how your comments actually relate to the forum topic Jim, but you'll have a great time in SE Asia

35. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

I would say, "hello" at the very least. Some folk are just a bit on the shy side. I do the solo thing quite often. Not, that I'am anti-social or a wandering soul. More like, my friends are the biggest flakes in the world, so here I'am!!

M.

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

Quoting bluewaav

It is crazy, but the smile is an automatic responce, "I'm nice, keen, gentle and totally sane."

Kind eyes, face, and disposition really blend well with a friendly gesture to all and sundry .

37. Posted by amythius (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Quoting remarcable

I would say, "hello" at the very least. Some folk are just a bit on the shy side. I do the solo thing quite often. Not, that I'am anti-social or a wandering soul. More like, my friends are the biggest flakes in the world, so here I'am!!

M.

Its heartening to find so many posts by people who have been, and are happy travelling solo. I think remarcable puts things in perspective. Some folks travel solo either because their friends flaked, or they found something that interested them but not their companions. These folks would be more than happy to strike up a conversation, or at least feel welcomed with a smile. Once they know they are welcome, its upto them to either join, take help, or go on reading their book and sipping their chai.

38. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I think that we all tend to attrack what we are looking for!!;)
What I mean is that if you look friendly, you look a bit around you and smile... etc. Then you are more likely to meet other travellers than if you keep your eyes in your book
I've travelled solo a couple of times, and always think it's better to be alone than in bad company!!

39. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

One thing should be noted, that travelling alone is very different from travelling with friends, and they're both good in their own rights. Definately.

It's worth trying those who haven't experienced it! it's not scary once you start and you don't always have to do it eh?!

m

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