Single traveller advice South America/Asia

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1. Posted by BigMike32 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I am looking for some advice on places to visit as a single traveller. I plan to travel around North/South america starting in Mexico or the USA and heading south, and later in east Asia (thailand, Cambodia etc). I was wondering if anyone could suggest places to visit or stay for someone travelling on their own. I am a 32 year old Male, 6 foot 4 and 100kg and I am capable of looking after myself in dangerous places. Any advice on where to travel and meet people would be a great help.

Many thanks
Mike

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jan-2020, 18:45 GMT by BigMike32 ]

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 413 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BigMike32

Any advice on where to travel and meet people would be a great help.

Unless you really plan on getting off the path, so to speak, I don't think you'll find it difficult to meet other travelers at all if that's what you're keen on, especially in Mexico and south. Of course, you'll meet plenty of locals no matter where you are. Are you just hoping to meet other travelers?

You'll likely meet other travelers if you're planning on staying in hostels. Also, you can join facebook groups specializing in solo travelers; these can be a great resource and a way of reaching out to others in the same boat.

Briefly, what are some of the places you'd like to see in North and South America? Central America? It's possible many of the places you wish to see are popular with other people, too.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jan-2020, 19:20 GMT by road to roam ]

3. Posted by BigMike32 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Primarily it's to meet people and maybe get some local work on the side to help pay for my trip. I'd like to visit some sites and do some treks, but I am relaxed about this and I'm planning to wing most of trip as it plays out. Thanks for the advice.

I am planning to visit Carmen del playa, probably Montego bay in Jamaica, head to Tijuana and spend some time in the US, then back down to Honduras. If there are places recommended not to travel to I would be equally appreciative.

Mike

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jan-2020, 05:59 GMT by BigMike32 ]

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1440 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BigMike32

... maybe get some local work on the side to help pay for my trip.

Be careful - that might be a breach of your visa conditions. Most countries allow visitors on the condition that they are not employed.

5. Posted by BigMike32 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks. That was why I said it was a maybe. It's not essential but if I can get something to pay for a few extra days legally then I'd do it. I plan to start travelling in March but I need to be in Thailand for a wedding in October 2021, so I have a long time I need to fund.

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7. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 413 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Playa del Carmen is an expat area as is much of that coast and certain inland areas of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexico is loaded with these areas and I can say in my experience craigslist is a good place to look for work on the side in these areas.

*You always need to be careful if you sort anything like this out online, either on CL or a similar market.*

We are living in Mazatlan, Mexico for the winter because a chance popped up to stay put, earn some money and get some serious online work done on our own project. Mazatlan is quite popular with U.S. and especially Canadian citizens in winter; some live here year-round. They advertise on craigslist from time to time, just as in other expat areas, looking for all sorts of help.

Again, facebook groups are a good resource and a way to focus on an area and find all sorts of leads. We found our rental - and chances to earn - in Mazatlan on a facebook group and have even advertised our own paid services within this group as well.

In Mexico Puerto Vallarta, San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca, Lago Chapala, Merida, San Cristobal de las Casas and Guanajuato are also popular areas for expats.

Have any "tech" skills? By that I mean anything from doing simple adjustments on Wordpress sites, to digital design and music, to video editing or more complex things like coding. If so, consider something like fiverr.com - I've had luck with fiverr on many occasions. Create a profile, advertise your skills, perform work online for a client and get paid via paypal.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jan-2020, 14:45 GMT by road to roam ]