First Parent-less Trip??

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1. Posted by Marissa108 (Budding Member 17 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone, I was just wondering when all of your firstttt trips were without your parental units? I'm gonna' be a senior in HS and am planning on some vacays with my pals. Any suggestions, funny stories, ideas for me? Love to hear!

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey Marissa,

This came up a while back, and can be seen here:

HTH, and happy travels

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

hey. Im about to embark on my first "real" parentless trip. Im leaving in march 2005 as an exchange student for 1 year to Japan. I think its gonna be heaps of fun

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

my first would have been to florida to visit my gf... please don't ask questions lol, no, it didn't work out in the end, but yea... it was WELL worth it while it lasted. 2 years ago was france with my brother sans les parent├ęs

5. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Well my first parent-less/teacher-less trip (I've had a few parentless ones in school, but teachers were there supervising, so those trips don't count!) was to New York City when I was 18....We had such a blast! I guess my biggest advice would be to just be careful. Basically, don't go crazy and get excited to the point where something may happen or you don't know what you're doing(like lose your passport, get your money stollen, find yourself alone in a club with a guy when you've had waaaaaaaay too much to drink, buy drugs off people you don't know, etc, etc). I know it's really cheesey advice, but looking back to that trip to NYC, we could have been a lot safer - just simple things like walking for long distances alone or in tiny groups at like 3 am. We were lucky nothing happened, lol. That was a great trip though....did lots of shopping...hee hee.

As for actual trip suggestions/tips, check out the forums and the 'tools' section of the website. The link that Gelli suggested is a good start.

Have you guys decided on where you'll be going yet?

Katie ;)

6. Posted by photobug (Budding Member 20 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

My first parentless trip was to London with my sister. I was 16 years old. Even though we stayed with family, most days were spent just discovering the city and doing the tourist bit on our own. It was so exciting. What's good about London is that the Underground is so convenient that you can get anywhere you need to go, and if ever you get lost, you just take a look at a tube map and backtrack to find the right location. Great for first timers with limited knowledge of driving on the left side of the road haha!
the only bad thing was crossing streets... i am so used to looking the opposite way that i nearly got hit by a double decker as i was sticking my neck out to check for cars! thank goodness for the signs telling you which way to look!

7. Posted by chloe74 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I just got back from my first parentless trip, it was the best thing ever! Went travelling round new zealand for a month on my own and cant wait to go back, its just a matter of saving the money now

8. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I can't really remember, I think it's my first LONG trip to Lombok with my friends in 1994. We went by bus from Jakarta - it took sooo long (2-3 nights on the bus! I already got really bored the first couple of hours). We also went to Gili Trawangan. From Lombok we stayed in Bali too. I had a great time...and a crush with one of my travel friends... then the story continued after we were back home.

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

Hi, I'm about to embark on my first long trip abroad. It won't be my first parent-less trip but it will be the longest time I've been away from Britain. I'm going in early December so I'll be away for Christmas for the first time aswell, that it'll be interesting and maybe abit of a challenge. Still I think I'm up for it, my world has been very small, for the last four years I've had the same Mcjob and been going nowwhere, time for a change I think.
I deffinitely be up for hearing anyone's stories and advice

Sean :)

10. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Last summer at the age of 18 I was a live in nanny for a family a few states away from home. That wasn't much travel and so wasn't too hard on the parental unit...
But this summer I lived in Spain and traveled a lot on weekends and then for the last two weeks... I sent them at least a weekly email with updates and to let them know I was still alive. I told them pretty much what I was doing but left out some small details and stories that probably would have just scared the heck out of them. Now that I'm home safe and sound more stories are coming out...
One of the biggest downfalls would be the money thing... :) sometimes I would see kids with their families and dad would be buying everyone ice cream or something or they would be sitting down and having a real meal and i would wish my daddy were there to buy me ice cream or lunch.. but the rest of the time it was just so much more fun that it made up for it!! It's great. You'll have an awesome time. My biggest advice is to stay calm and relaxed. There is no point in getting uptight and whiny when things don't work out like you hoped they would.
Also watch the alcohol/drug intake...