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1. Posted by Tom_bucko (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am 25 years old and after suffering some serious love loss with England in the last 12 moths I am finally taking the leap of a career break to travel the world. At present it looks like I am flying solo and I have no idea where to start planning this trip. I would love to see South America, Africa, Indonesia, Thailand (a must), Vietnam, Oz and New Zealand. I am looking for any like minded people that may be looking for a travel buddy an some advice on planning my trip. Any help would be much appreciated

2. Posted by Laura91 (Inactive 11 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm hoping to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Loas, Vietnam etc in October then hopefully move onto Australia and NZ. At the moment, I'm planning it alone but I'm looking for a travel buddy.

3. Posted by Tom_bucko (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I am not sure I will be going around that time as I am considering a ski season in Canada to kick thing off. But if I don't that's around the same time I will e looking at going. How are you doing with your planning, I don't really know where to start??

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5. Posted by levymetal (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I would highly recommend travelling solo. I'm 24 and I've been travelling Europe for 6 months. If you stay in hostels, you'll never find a shortage of people to hang out with. And the best thing about that is you get new friends every week, which you can then catch up with at later points around the world. Sometimes I hang out with group travellers, but group travellers often have a tendency to stick to themselves, solo travellers have to make more of an effort, which is something I really prefer. And travelling solo means you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, in the blink of an eye without even answering to anyone, which is very powerful when travelling.

In terms of plans, the best advice I've ever heard is "no plan is the best plan". It's great to have an overall goal, but I travel 1 week at a time. I talk to other travellers & locals about where they've been and what's good in the region, and then I go there. I was on a train to Sarajevo the other day, where I met some Bosniaks who said that Mostar was an absolute must for Bosnia. So I went there. Google could have probably told me this, but this best thing is, I never even need to search - it just all falls into place from the people I meet and the advice they give me.

6. Posted by Tom_bucko (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, that a similar response to what I have heard from a couple of friends already. I can definitely see how no plan is a good plan! Thanks :)

7. Posted by Laura91 (Inactive 11 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I definitely agree. I have a list places that I would like to go/see but I'm not making specific plans and limiting myself to any set itineraries.

8. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 823 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I think "no plan is a good plan" leaves you in danger of getting lost.

"No schedule" is great.

But research some specific goals, things you'd like to see or do.

You don't HAVE to tick them off on this trip, but when the culture shock is getting to you, or in lost and lonely moments, haul the list out to remind yourself what you were hoping to see, or for inspiration on where you could head next.

A varied mix is also good. eg:
See Christ the Redeemer, Bangkok, Uluru, Milford Sound.
Learn Spanish in South America.
Do a bungee jump in NZ, hike the Inca Trail, climb Mount Ruapehu, swim with dolphins.

ie not just a list of sights - when you're tired of temples in South East Asia or all canyoned-out in the Western USA you may want a different type of thing to occupy your mind, and seeing "get my PADI certificate" may just be an "of course" moment.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2013, at 15:20 by Andyf ]

9. Posted by Ileana. (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!


So I finally finished school and got a job but its time to travel. Im planning on going solo, which makes me a little nervous to do considering I have only left Canada to go to Mexico for an all inclusive resort. which was nice but I want more. I was considering to start with Australia and New Zealand but thinking to do Thailand before heading over to Australia. Any thoughts? Is it a good idea to go solo and is it worth exploring before heading off to Australia. Help please!

10. Posted by jnrr (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

@Tom_bucko would you be travelling to any of South America, Indonesia, Thailand, or Vietnam during june-august by any chance?? these are my must sees

im looking to take off this summer as i get antsy staying in one place for too long, but would rather partner up with people as solo travel is not as fun imo!