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Female Travelling the world by myself in my 40's

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1. Posted by jos278 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

l would like some advise in travelling by myself. l would like to start in lreland or the Uk, l have been to both these countries twice and also Europe but l have always done a tour. Now l am by myself l would like to try to do it alone.
How long am l able to stay in one country and do l need visa's.
lm not sure when l am going to do this. l would appreciate any advise.

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Without mentioning your passport type, nationality etc well it isn't really possible to tell you what you want to know about how long and if you need visas. If you hold an Australian passport like your profile suggests you may, then you wont need a visa for UK or Ireland.

The regulations for Australian passport and travel to the UK say that a UK immigration officer will decide on period of stay to
a max. of 6 months, depending on reason for travel. So it should be a 6 month visa if going for tourism purposes (assuming you hold an Australian passport). For Ireland a visa isn't required for a stay of a maximum of 3 months.

You could check out the following site:

That will allow you to select a passport type, country of interest and if you do or don't need a visa and what the conditions are.

Have a great trip.

3. Posted by jos278 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply, she l do hold an Australian passport. ldeally l would like to be able to stay in lreland or the Uk for at least 3mths.
l also want to go back to Europe, lm not sure where to head to first from the Uk. Also l will be on a budget so any recommendations for accommodation for my age group would be of help.

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I can't help with regards to accommodation for your age unless you are a very young and youthful forty something, but I know my mother is just slightly older than you (most the time an old 40 something) and when I've told her about the places I stayed at she said she couldn't stand to stay at them, even though a lot of them are great and people your age do still sometimes stay at hostels. She went to Sydney and was complaining how expensive the budget places were and I told her, if you stayed in hostels it wouldn't be anywhere near that price even going at a double room in a hostel. I mean it isn't a necessity to hang around and socialise with all the young people, just stay out doing the same as you would if you were in a budget hotel and come back for bed. I met this one guy who stayed at a hostel in Bangkok and he was in his 70's. If you went on to sites like hostelworld, you could type the place you want to go, but instead of just doing a quick search, go to the advanced setting and change the option to budget hotel instead of hostel. If you said some place names, well I reckon that some other person on here more your age should be able to give you some reccommendation.

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jos,
dont be afraid to loge at hostals because you are 40.
that is a fantastic age to explore travelling alone,stay in hostals where the "kids" are and you will feel sometimes younger.
I book always at hostals in SA and I'm a few days older than you;)
Only ones I left the hostal I had booked in advance in Buenos Aires because the had not the room I had booked and it was realy for teenagers,so what ,I asked them to get me to another place.
Check the link at the left side here for accommodation and you sure you will find a place who you will feel welcome.If not ,it will get you some info about prices and location.