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1. Posted by danhav99 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am thinking of travelling to Asia (starting in Bangkok) at the start of April. I'm 31 and have never been travelling alone before and am worried if it is hard to meet people and plan things while you are over there. Are there any other forums where I can chat with people in a similar situation?

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 982 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Try looking for groups on facebook if you haven't already. Facebook is loaded with all sorts of groups you can network with. A quick search of "solo travel groups facebook" on Google has yielded the group solo travelsociety, among others. From that group, or similar groups on facebook, you may learn of other resources.

3. Posted by danhav99 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

will do, thanks

4. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 982 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

In addition, I suggest you also fill out your profile here on Travellerspoint. Bulk it up with some basic information about you - your travel style, budget, interests, etc. This may help you get in contact with similar travelers on this forum.

Of course, you can always ask specific questions to the community here, too. You'll get all sorts of responses about planning along with plenty of practical advice.

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1472 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You'll have no difficulty meeting people while traveling solo. In fact, you'll meet lots, especially if you reach out. It's not difficult to plan things while you're over there. Just ask for recommendations. That's what I do.

I've traveled solo for more than 40 years. But for the past four years I've been traveling with a friend I initially met in Papua New Guinea. We like each other's company; and we look after each other. We also share travel expenses. But I also continue to travel solo, including last month to Cabo Verde and Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira.

Choose travel companions wisely. Avoid those who only think of themselves (often at your expense). Also avoid gossipers, skinflints; and those who don't keep their word. Avoid those whose constant refrain is "No."

You'll find good travel companions often make good lifelong friends. I have some that go back 46 years. I'll visit one in April in Austria.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2923 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You do not need anyone with you to have a nice time unless you are totally helpless. You do meet people on shared tours, in bars, on buses, trains and maybe at your hotel. In Thailand you can sign up for shared tours through local travel agencies and some hotel tour desks. You do this in person one day and usually leave following day. Stuck in a van with 7 - 10 other tourists you do strike up conversations. But if you really, really, must have someone accompany you all the time maybe better to stay home. Or try to find companions back where you live who you can trust.

"... I am thinking of travelling to Asia (starting in Bangkok) at the start of April."

How long for this Odyssey? I know for Thailand you can't just show up and stay as long as you want. For budget planning you should have some sort of end date. If you had intended to fly into Thailand with a one way flight and no tourist visa you might not leave your home airport. (Visa requirements depends on the country passport you enter with.) See link below for Proof Of Onward Travel. POOT.

Fill out your profile and someone from back home might be interested. The money you begin your trip with will be what you survive on beginning to end. Have more than one debit card and a couple credit cards too. Some hospital - medical insurance can come in handy in case you fall in a hole and get hurt or run over by a truck or even fall off a balcony. (Google up "tourist balcony falls Thailand" for the heck of it.)

Tourists visit Thailand every single day. No matter what the weather is tourists still visit.

Look over a map showing the countries you may have an interest in. From Thailand it is not difficult to get to Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia or Laos. But check your visa requirements first. For many people on a budget these 4 countries will be cheaper than Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

Good luck.

7. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 101 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Check out the Facebook page Richard Barrow in Thailand. He keeps his page updated almost daily. He is a British ex pat who live in Thailand. He is very helpful with questions and very friendly to chat with. He was a big help to me when I traveled there about five years ago. There was some major political unrest happening just before my trip. He advised me on the safe zones during the disturbances and advised me on changing my hotel to an area where there were no protest going on. Great guy.