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1. Posted by TonyWright (Full Member 49 posts) 11y

I guess I'm seeking some words of encouragement to boost my lacking confidence. In July I'm going to Mexico and will be travelling there for six weeks. I've never been away by myself. I wont be going with anyone. Is it normal to be feeling extremely scared? I have no other plans and don't wanna back out of my plans to go....

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

Hi Tony!

Take a look at some of the past forums about travelling alone. They'll inspire you, I'm sure - so many people have gone off on their own for months at a time and highly recommend the experience!

For my two cent's worth, my first solo trip was to Paris for a few weeks and I loved it. I can't say I was scared beforehand, but certainly a little nervous and apprhensive. I'm a pretty quiet person, and wondered how or if that would affect my trip.

But once you're there, you have no choice but to get by - figuring out maps, talking to every and anybody, asking questions, planning your route... you'll soon find yourself starting conversations because you have so much to share and so much you want to learn.

All to say: don't worry! It's like we have this built-in instinct to get by, and it'll kick in once you're there. My solo trip changed my life in so many, many ways - I am grateful and proud to have gone from thinking about it to actually getting up and going. I'm sure you'll love every minute!

Tway.

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Hi Tony,

The first time i went on my own somewhere was Cairns. The first night i was in a bar sitting on my own, there was a group of about 10 people sat on the other side of the bar (only other people in the bar). One of the group came up to me and told me the seat i was sitting in was taken and that the only free seat in the bar was at there table. That's pretty much how it goes when you travel, ended up having a great night and since then have met loads more people. You meet people on trips/tours and end up getting drunk with them that night and things go from there.

Definitely go for it, you will have a blast. It's so much easier to meet people when you are away!!

4. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

My first solo trip was in Cusco, ok was in my country and i didn't have any trouble with the language but come on! I was there alone...the first day was so busy, looking for a nice hostel and a good agency to do the famous Inkas trail, second day I felt more confident and then the subsequent days came fantastic, this trip was AMAZING!!! so perfect that I wanted to repeat it again, since there I have travelled for all around South America and central America by my own and alone and my next trip will be in Asia;currently i'm in the information process about it.

Study local customs before going and observe these always, buy local maps before your trip, study them well. You'd be surprised how oriented you'll feel when you arrive at your detination and how easy is to do exactly what you want to do ;)

5. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

hey tony! i'm completely useless as far as advising you on traveling solo, because i never have either.
but i hope you have a fun trip, and tell me how your trip goes in the end, so then you can possibly advise me on what to do and what not to do? haha thanks! have fun, and i think sometimes its good to be a little naive, just because it makes everything alot funner (is that even a word?), and everything seems more interesting.
im sure you'll have lots of stories to share when you return.
have a great time!
Lauren

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

My first travel solo was in Germany... I was 19, didn't know if my knowlegde of the language was good enough to be understood, and understand people. I was going to stay in a family that I had contated by internet, and not even seen a picture (I deceided myself to REALLY go in just a week...) What if the family wasn't at the airport waiting for me? What if they were mean people? What if...? What if...?
At the end, everything went fine: the family was there, they were more than nice. I had a couple of days off to visit Berlin on my own (very scary at the beginning too, but so many things to see/do/visit in a big city!!)

Well, all in all, I liked it so much that I repeated the experience a second time 2 years later! (in another family/another part of the country)

7. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

Yep, I was scared witless. I spent my first night of solo travel in Bangkok, staring out the window and thinking "ohgodohgodohgod what am i doing here?" I will never forget the view from that window and how freaked out I was. I had no plans and no idea. But in the time it took to smoke a few cigarettes I had forgotten to be scared cos there was so much interesting stuff going on the street below. I was soon out there, meeting people, trying new foods and strange beers.

I've been scared a million times since but I remember what I found out that first night - there's always so much to see and do that nerves will just fall by the way.

Good luck and enjoy your travels!

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

My first travel solo was to the States. I was going out to San Fransisco to eventually meet up with friends from college but the first part of the trip was alone.

I remember the plane taxiing down the runway in Ireland and thinking "Oh jeeeesus". I had to stopover in Newwark for 4 hours - my bags had been checked right through at Shannon so I didnt have to go through the hassle of picking them up and going through check-in all over again. I started to relax in Newwark and really enjoyed my few hours wandering around.

Boarded the plane four hours later and we took our place in the queue on the runway. An hour passed, we hadnt moved, another hour passed and still we sat there....to cut it short, we were grounded for another 4 hours. We were not allowed to get off the plane. There had been a fire in Heuston, TExas and threw everything out of whack in Newark. The air hostesses kept giving people food and drink to shut them up and put on the in-flight movie which, ironically, was "Gone in Sixty Seconds"

I didnt get into SF until the next day - I had been travelling for some crazy amount of hours, which I forget now. I was DOG TIRED! I think I slept for almost a full day when I got to SF. ;)