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11. Posted by A-Russell (Full Member 28 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

this is a bit of a strange question but like... how do people do it.. how do people just go travelling for months and months... do they save up thousands and thousands of dollars ir do they work along the way?

12. Posted by Tina Bean (Budding Member 48 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


Great thread! I am in such a similar position as you, 25 year old girl from London who really wants to travel the world but with no one to share it with. I was really scared about telling my parents that i was planning to do this in November but they are being really supportive. I will be going alone and am really nervous but I just need to take the plunge and book my ticket. I know i would regret it so much if i don't take the perfect opportunity in my life to up sticks and travel.

I'm really counting on meeting people on the way as, as much as doing your own thing and making your own plans sounds appealing i'm by far a loner!

I'm sure we'll both wonder what we were worried about once we get settled

Good luck x

13. Posted by smelli (Budding Member 20 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi, i have decided to go it alone too. Ofcourse i'd rather have someone to go with but as i am 24 i have found many of my friends at home are too settled to go or have already done it. So it is now or never and alone it is. I plan to go middle of Aug and i want to do south east Asia and Australia if anyone is going around that time let me know. I think the moment i step on that plan i am going to be bricking it and 'thinking what am i bloody doing'. Oh well here goes...

14. Posted by Poch (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Wow, I didnt think I'd see so many ppl who are like me, scared to travel alone. Although I've just been reading about backpacking, im still queasy about going at it, alone. I have decided thou to make baby steps by seeing places here in my host country (im a Filipino, working in Malaysia). Perhaps from doing some local travelling i'd muster enough guts to go further. I'd definitely start with Thailand as it is near Malaysia (I've been to singapore already).

I look forward to visiting this great website more often. Im sure it will help me alot in the future.

Goodluck to us all neophytes!

15. Posted by Clanger (Full Member 201 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

read this, Ive just got back for 8 mths trip alone!

16. Posted by marling (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I travelled to Europe alone when I was 18 ,I admit that I did have some contacts to start with but not many people spoke english so I had to learn to speak both German and Norwegian and understand really fast how to fit in. This trip for 2 years, I did work in Berlin by the way was amazing and I grew up so fast ,learned a lot about myself that has kept me going ever since,life is not always easy and travelling somehow makes you able to manage with lifes ups and downs like no other form of education will.

17. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Go for it!
I'm also not a girl, last time i checked , but i am leaving this weekend on my 1st big trip around the world (on my own as well). I haven't even been abroad since i was about 16.
None of my friends were able to do it either but i'm actually glad now - just think about all the times when you would have had to compromise your experience to suit others. When you are alone you don't have to and, as you say, it will open you up to meeting new people. Also, you will have tons of stories to tell friends and family about when you get back- you wouldn't be able to tell them those stories if they were there with you.
I am panicking, shitting myself, can't sleep and occasionally feel sick worrying about what i'm about to do but i wouldn't change it for the world. If and when you have the money go and book the ticket, set a date and get set to have a great time.
You know you would regret it if you don't. ;)

18. Posted by starlight2 (Full Member 108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Wouldn't it be sort of boring travelling alone? Hanging out by yourself alone ... kind of seems dreary to me.

19. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If you sat at home still like yours, mine and everyone elses parents think is best, you'd die of loss of circulation or have your body go gangreen and have to have bits amputated. What would be worse having that happen or having the best time of your life, doing things that will change your outlook on life for the better and you generally enjoying life even if occasionally something shitty might happen which could just as easily happen back in your home town?

Travelling alone is great, because you can do what you want when you want and not have to consider what your friends want to do, you also don't have the risk of getting sick to death of your friend(s) company and starting to hate them a lot. You may think this doesn't happen, but I've read many stories where people have been to scared to do it by themselves and took a person who was a good friend. Then when they got on the trip after a month of not having any space from each other they were so fed up that one came home or they seperated to go different ways. About the only time that having someone to travel with instead of travelling alone would be best is when you go to somewhere like the Carribbean, Greek Islands, Paris or Venice where you see all these people deeply in love. If you stay in hostels you wont feel lonely because you'll meet and chat to plenty of great people and may even travel some of your trip with them if they are going on some of the same route as you. You'll be so busy that you'll most likely rarely have time to think about home and the rare time that you do you'll probably be glad you are away. Be warned though that when you've done a big trip, you will never be the same again and you will have caught a very expensive bug (the travel bug) and you will constantly want to travel every day of your life!

Don't approach your parents saying I want to go and do a trip to ....... instead say I have thought about it for a long time andI am going to do a trip around the world going to ..... for about ..... months. Doing that will show that you have thought over it carefully and you are not going to be talked out of it by your parents saying "well their are terrorists out there that might kill you". "Well yes mother and father that might be the case, but that can just as likely happen here as well and also a bolt of lightening could come down and strike me when I'm walking in the street on a sunny day but it's unlikely". It'll be hard for your parents to get their head around it, but when you go away and keep in regular contact with them, then they'll see how much of a great time you are having and they will be pleased that you took the plunge and travelled.

Have a great trip.

20. Posted by Nermal (Budding Member 9 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Go for it,

You will love it. It is the Scariest thing getting on the plane and not knowing what will happen but as soon as you arrive it starts clicking into place. Have a good guide book with you like Lonely planet and it will make you feel reassured as at least if you don't meet anyone to talk to or your too scared to you will know how to get to a guesthouse to chillout and absorb it all. Then when you have taken it all in you just go out and it won't feel so scary.

If you want to play it safe then go to thailand and khao san road, backpackers number the locals about 2/1, it's an easy breaking in, and any onward journey can be arranged and your picked up outside your guesthouse.

Hope whatever you decide you have a fab trip.