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Practicalities of travelling alone

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1. Posted by tigerlilly (Full Member 16 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Im new to this website and I'm sure there have been lots of posts about this before, so apoligies!

Anyway, I was just wondering if it really is practical for a lone person (especially being female) to travel. I'm just thinking firstly is it safe for me and also am I at risk of having things stolen if I have no one to watch my things for me.
Secondly, I know everyone says you will meet lots of people travelling but I am still worried that I will be lonely. Do people mind someone tagging along with them for a few days or maybe a couple of weeks or is it more likely that I will just hang out with different people everyday. I hate the thought of being lonely!

Also is it just better to have someone to travel with so you can share stupid things like shampoo and to know that you have the same plans?

I have a year or so until I can go so I geuss I might find someone to travel with (most of my friends had gap years so have already traveled) but then I'm thinking maybe it is better to travel alone so you can do exactly what you want to do.

Any advice would be great,
Tiger xx

2. Posted by hael0 (Full Member 31 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey Tiger,

I have a female friend that just traveled for 4 months alone in central america. Being a beautiful girl, she was never lonely! Well almost never. Its true that you will meet many people to share your time with and these people will welcome your company. However, she told me that when she was on the move somewhere and alone, the worst part was not having someone trustworthy to watch her bag while she answered natures call. Having travelled alone myself, I fully understand. You develope a strange paranoia about your luggage. But theres a certain amount of trust that you have to place in strangers and the system I suppose. thats all part of the experience.

Anyway, good luck!


3. Posted by Aquastella (Budding Member 10 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

HI Tiger,

I haven't done that much travelling, but I did it all by myself and it was fantastic. Some days I would make a new friend to hang around with and then we'd take different paths - it sort of depended on the city. In Prague I ended up hanging out with the same people for a week (which is great but can be frustrating). I did get lonely occasionally, but you know, most travellers are really friendly and all you have to do is ask if you can tag along and I'd be surprised if someone said no. Naturally you'll find more single guys who want to see the sights with you on any one day, but just trust your instincts and you'll be fine. I'ts really exilirating to land in a strange airport and realize that you can do it all by yourself!
If you plan ahead and stay flexible, you'll feel more secure - just make sure you have fun!

4. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Tiger,

Positively thinking... there's ain't any problem and danger by traveling alone.

Negatively thinking... yes it is dangerous, not only apply on ladies but even men sometimes feel hard to do so.

All I need to say is, keep your dream alive, take it as a challenge while in another hand, be extra-careful and avoid
those empty and quiet street and of course beware of your travel documents. Besides, try to slip your cash around your body, bag, or jacket. Well, I bet you're already good in those basic awareness. Good journey then.

Take care,