Help traveling alone

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1. Posted by Jessy12 (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey im jessica and im 12 years old. i am travelling form toronto(canada) to boston (u.s) i am really scared about it cuz im kind of shy so do u guys have any advice?

2. Posted by Jessy12 (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

oh forgot to say its my first time travelling alone

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Are you travelling by plane? Or train? Or Bus? Airline companies have what's called Unaccompanied Minor status - or "UM". That means you're looked after by an employee from the moment you leave your parents (or other guardian) till the person at the other end picks you up. I'm not sure if this applies to other methods of transport, but ask your parents to check. I"m sure they have something similar.

4. Posted by SeeTheSky (Full Member 558 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

it may seem scary and many people may say things that can get you kind of paranoid, but the bottom line is, thats no way to live! it really isnt that dangerous, and i started going places alone when i was 13, close to your age, and, well, its really not so bad. just enjoy everything! if you spend too much energy worrying, you dont know what you might miss out on!
-have faith in yourself, and others!
take care,

5. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jessica, it's natural to feel scared of travelling alone for the first time. But you have to remember that the vast majority of people out there are friendly and helpful. Especially travellers since everyone is out there doing something they don't normally do. So people naturally help each other out in those circumstances, answer questions, give directions and so on. I'm a naturally shy person myself, but I find that the people I meet travelling are generally more open and friendly. It's a part of the reason why I travel infact. Toronto to Boston is a busy route which means it's safe with many people along the way that can assist you. Take care, have a good journey !

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Enjoy it. Whilst not in North America, so i can't comment from that side, I also started travelling when i was very young, despite being shy. Being scared is perfectly normal, and if you weren't there would be something wrong. It's even the way with experienced travellers, let alone young first timers.

As CupCake says, it will depend upon how your travelling, as Bus, train and airlines will have different policies etc.

Be wary, but not overly paranoid, and use common sense. Just enjoy the experience and look forward to the adventure. In the most cases, as soon as you are actually travelling, I found that the worry just dissapeared and it was more of a great "wow" type thing taking in all the new stuff and sort of freedom.

The youngest I have ever seen was a 6 year old I once talked to, who was put on the train by (I assume) his mother in Zurich, Switz, and met by his grandmother (again, I assume) about 4 hours later in Germany. He was fine and loved it all, although a tad scared to bgin with. The train staff made sure he got to his seat (although let the kid try and find it himself so he could learn), and that he got off at the right place, and generally made sure he was ok, but he was mostly left to his own devices.

And on an offtopic aside, the original reason that i don't fly was because of the "UM" status - I was going places alone where I wouldn't be met, so wasn't allowed to be classified as UM and so couldn't fly.

Good luck, and enjoy your trip and adventure