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Help! my plan = good/optimistic/naive/mad? or none of above?

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1. Posted by lucyrose (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey there guys

Ok well if you would be so obliging, I would love a bit of advice from all you seasoned travellers! My situation is that I am planning travel for next year, late March/April onwards. My only restriction is that I have to be in La Rochelle, in the South of France, by the 1st of september 2010. My (ideal) plan is to fly to Hong Kong, and after spending 2 or 3 months travelling around asia (both SE and central) go back to Beijing, and takethe trans-Siberian railway via Mongolia over to Europe, stopping at all the good sites of course, and doing little excursions off to other places on the way. Then I want to go down through Eastern Europe and across to La Rochelle. So it's a pretty standard route really, though perhaps beginning from the opposite direction than most people.

The thing is, I am a 19-year-old girl, and although I'd be staying with family for some bits and travelling with friends for oher bits, there would still be substantial periods where I'd be travelling alone. I'm an outgoing and outdoorsy Kiwi, and do a fair bit of tramping (hiking) so should be fine with the physical side of things, but I don't want to spend all the money to get over there on the trip of my dreams only to find myself stuck in the hostel feeling too unsafe to go out! Perhaps there's another thread dealing with this, but basically I want to know where a girl such as myself (who is, after all, not much good at looking intimidating) can go without feeling uncomfortable. (having said that, I don't intend to wimp out of going to all the interesting, off-the-beaten-track places even if the risk there's a bit higher).

Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


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3. Posted by ChristineO (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I don't have that much experience with Asia or Eastern Europe, but I think you will be allright. It's heaps of people travelling alone and in the same situation, so i think it should be safe. You will meet other people who has been to some of the places you are going to and they can give you advice. I'm going to South America for 6 months alone so I'm in the same situation as you, but I think it's better to take the chance than to not go. And if you travel alone you will definately meet more people! So I think you should just go for it! :)

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you've never been out there B4, it all looks overwhelming and scary, but once you're "on the move", you'll have a much different attitude. For instance, the people in SE Asia are so friendly and genuinely kind and helpful that you'll have protectors everywhere. I'm male, but feel considerably safer in Vietnam than I do in my own country (USA). True, not every country will be as friendly or welcoming, but those places are in the great minority (stay out of countries where women are expected to stay indoors and covered up (even though Malaysia is Muslim, it is a modern Muslim nation and is light years ahead of Saudi or Pakistan).

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