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1. Posted by diassfd (Budding Member, 31 posts) 27 Mar '12 01:06

Hello Everyone,

I actually want to share with you a trip that i did to Lisbon a few weeks ago. I went for 6 days and i was a bit nervous about traveling alone for the first time!

But if there's one thing i've learned is that it's really cool to go alone! I spend the time i want anywhere i want with no one telling me we should go elsewhere...

When you travel alone you make friends, i went on guide tours with groups of people where i met tourists there and i spent time with them and we went out together..! it was really nice to meet other people who are travelling alone as well. and now that i'm back in France, i'm still in touch with them planning other trips...!

And of course you get to plan your trip as you want, but my advice don't plan anything. I wrote a paper where i planned everyday but i never opened it, i just woke up every morning and prepared a map, a bottle of water and went 'where my legs took me'.

so after 6 days alone in Lisbon, i really recommend this kind of trips!!

i wanted to post this because i saw earlier that there are lots of people asking if traveling alone is nice, i hope this helps you!

Just go out and do your trip the way you want to do it !!! :)

2. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5425 posts) 27 Mar '12 02:39

Great post!

3. Posted by MattyRex (Full Member, 117 posts) 27 Mar '12 11:31

Glad to hear it:) Im hopefully off RTW next year by myself.

4. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 617 posts) 27 Mar '12 17:45

Well said! Having no set plans each day is the best way to discover new places and things.

Travelling alone IS awesome!

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5544 posts) 28 Mar '12 05:20

Great post indeed. And for experiences, meeting people and doing exactly what you want at the times you want, travelling alone is the best.

Still, when in a relationship (even though I travel alone sometimes as well and like it) it's also nice to have the opportunity to talk about it afterwards and share things. Even years later. And also if travelling with a friend or other family. So I can not say that for me it's better travelling alone compared to travelling with somebody else. But on a tour or so, or big groups: no, that's not travelling.

But if it's about the question whether it's scary, difficult etc: no, I can easily recommend everyone to try it!

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Mar-2012, at 05:21 by Utrecht ]

6. Posted by jackworld (Budding Member, 4 posts) 28 Mar '12 05:46

I was a bit afraid of travelling alone too, but i've heard from some friends that is great because of the same reasons that you said. I think that more than that, even when you're travelling with someone the best thing to do is to go where you want and don't plan a thing. Everything is much better when you can do what you want and you realize it when you wake up!

Nice post!! I totally agree! Will pass it to my friends!!;)

7. Posted by jnegraiff (Budding Member, 12 posts) 28 Mar '12 09:36

Great post, I totally agree!

I travelled alone to Thailand and Malaysia about a decade ago, after a stint in South Korea teaching ESL.

Definitely helped me meet way more people, and many of them other single travellers. Freedom to choose your own activities is one thing, but it also gets you out of your cultural shell, you need to learn to adapt more I think.

8. Posted by TravelGirl0513 (Inactive, 10 posts) 28 Mar '12 11:09

Hi There,

These are my favorite types of threads to find on TravellerPoint. It's great to hear about a personal experience and seeing this forum used to really share emotional insight. I hope to see more back and forth conversation on this topic.

Firstly I want to commend your initiative to plan and take this trip alone. Sometimes I think vacationing gets confused with traveling. Vacation to me can mean getting a group of friends together in search of leisure and relaxation. When it comes to traveling I see this as a deeper cultural learning experience. I would consider myself introverted when it comes to this and would rather to do on my own.

I took a flight from London to Florence last spring. I was going to visit and stay with a friend, but she was in classes this particular week where as I was on vacation. So while she was tied up during the day I took to the winding streets for an adventure of my own. With just an outdated map I had loaded on my iPod a few days earlier and the Orno River as my compass I made my way around the city.

When i look at all the little trips I have taken to cities around Europe, I feel that I left Florence with the most comprehensive experience. Because without a to do list and endless tours lined up I really experienced every day life not to mention not sticking out as a tourist like a soar thumb!

I would love to hear the groups thoughts or similar experiences! Should I take more trips alone like this? When you do travel alone what should I be aware of? (besides obvious safety concerns)

-TravelGirl0513

9. Posted by laurim (Respected Member, 260 posts) 28 Mar '12 16:28

I, too, enjoying traveling solo and glad to hear other people, women especially, enjoying it too. It really gives me a sense of accomplishment that I can figure out trains, subways and everything else all by myself in a county where I don't speak the language. And I think being alone forces me to talk to more people than I would if I had a built-in conversation partner. Sure, sometimes it can be lonely but I know that feeling will pass as soon as I start a conversation with someone. That's why I like to take the occasional tour, like the segway city tour or the night tapas tour I'll take in Madrid this June. Nothing like a shared activity to meet fun people. You spend enough time with them to have fun but not enough to get crabby and sick of each other ;) I also try to wear t-shirts with conversation starters printed on them, works great especially if it leads to me meeting someone from my home state and I can get over some homesickness.

I do a combo of planned and unplanned activities. I'm not much for endless wandering because of my knees and some activities have certain times you need to meet, like the Paris Catacombs I really want to see. But, hey, I'm solo so I can do whatever I want!

P.S. I sometimes have a fantasy that I'm going to be someone totally different than my regular self. Like a secret Mata Hari spy or something. It's hard to keep up the act the whole trip but it's kind of fun to think about.

Lauri

10. Posted by diassfd (Budding Member, 31 posts) 28 Mar '12 23:31

Quoting jnegraiff

Great post, I totally agree!

I travelled alone to Thailand and Malaysia about a decade ago, after a stint in South Korea teaching ESL.

Definitely helped me meet way more people, and many of them other single travellers. Freedom to choose your own activities is one thing, but it also gets you out of your cultural shell, you need to learn to adapt more I think.

Hi, thanks for your answer ! After Lisbon i'm really anxious to go alone other places. I was thinking about Thailand! do you recommend going there? how many days should i spend? thankyou