Single People Traveling? Possible?

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

Hi, I'm new here. I am a single woman in her twenties who is really itching to travel but all of my friends can't afford to go with me which means I have to go alone. I really want to go to New York, Boston, Washington DC and then eventually Europe but everyone keeps telling me that I shouldn't travel alone because it isn't safe. I've heard about travel groups and things but I don't know where to start. Is it possible for a single woman to travel on her own and be safe or does this not exist?

2. Posted by babe967 (Full Member 98 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

You go travelling and enjoy your adventures,
It is safe to travel on your own as long as you use common sense regarding saftey and looking after your belongings.
Im 43yrs old and i travel on my own in Europe and Turkey, Tunisia and Austrailia.
Follow your dreams and see the world.

3. Posted by Kiwiboy (Full Member 23 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi, go far it Im the same as babe, I travel all the time by myself, mind you Im a bloke, which only helps if your not an idiot lol, you will hookup with other travellers on the way, as babe said, your got to use your common sense, if it doesnt feel right, dont do it. I love solo travelling, I always hook up with other globe trotter people, there are a lot of cool people out there......go for it

4. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Sure it's possible. Just as the others said, take precautions and you'll be all right.

In two weeks' time, I'll be travelling solo to Holland too. ;) I'm looking forward to that!

5. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

great for you... get out of the box and do something you have never done before..... puh hahaha. it sounds like you are a great place in your life. too bad your friends cant join you. but once they find out all the great places youve seen, im sure they will want to go....

g'luck with your plans and purchase your tix soon. the rest is cake. yum-yum... a big chocolate double-layer german cake.

6. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Single traveling is pretty common. I been doing it for years. Free to do whatever YOU want to do. No dead weight dragging you down. Besides, you always meet someone that share your interest. Just remember, your are in a foreign area. Respect the culture and beliefs. You will do just fine.
Traveling is a eye opening experience. Take full advantage of it!
Good Luck!!

7. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi! just go on your own! you'll get on great if your sensible about it. Im a male and went on my own to Norway for the first time in my life and i really njoyed it! met loadsa fellow travellers, single girls, couples, other fellas etc. i guess just go! As remarcable says repsect the country's culture as well.

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

GO GO GO!! In this past year I've travelled solo to South America, many places in Mexico, and now to Spain in 10 days. Sure it can be intimidating but life is about experience. Not to mention, you will grow so much from the knowledge you gain AND, those friends of you will ENVY you. What else are you going to do? Sit at home and read post from Travellerspoint and wish you were along for the ride? Go for it and maybe I'll see you on the road!

9. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Can't agree enough. I went on my first solo trip this past spring through Poland and the Czech Republic and had an absolutely amazing time. Most of my friends and family were very apprehensive about the whole thing (I'm female and was twenty at the time) but the experience matured me in ways I can't begin to express. The vast majority of my friends are extremely envious of the experience I had, too. Even if you're only over there for a few weeks, which was the duration of my trip, you just can't help but learn so many lessons that help you tremendously in your life when you return home. Plus, you are operating solely on YOUR schedule. Keep your head about you, watch yourself at night in urban areas, watch how much you drink when you're out (it can put you in some sticky situations if you're not careful), and have a fabulous time.

You mentioned possibly going with groups, and in my experience travelling (both alone and with friends), I would tend to advise against it. I met some people who were with groups and they just didn't seem to be having the kind of experience I was...everything was planned out for them, in many cases they didn't know any of the other people, etc. I would advise, if you go alone, to go on a tour in each new city you go to. This is what I did in every city when I first arrived and it helped me to navigate around, plus, I got to see all the major sights and which ones I wanted to go back and investigate further.

Good Luck.

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


I'm 24 from the UK and I've travelled throughout North America on my own. Sure it can be a bit daunting at first but there are advantages too in that you can do exactly what YOU want and follow your own dreams and not someone elses. Starting out in your own country is a good idea as there are fewer barriers to overcome on your first outing.

I'm in a similar situation to you in that I constantly get itchy feet and want to go somewhere but my friends either can't afford it or try and get me to go somewhere I have absolutely no interest in. Just go for it and once you've done it once there will be no stopping you. Of the cities you mentioned I've been to DC and NY (alone) and had absolutely no problems and come across many other single travellers both male and female. If you have any specific questions let me know.

Finally please, please, please go, it'll change your life - promise ;)
All the best, John