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A look at the pros and cons of going it alone.
17 years ago, February 18th 2005 No: 1 Msg: #1300  
Guys, previously when I've travelled around Europe, I've done it with friends - this summer, I'm heading overland through Asia, and nobody, it seems, is mad enough to want to come with me, not the whole way anyway. So, for the first time, I'll be going it alone - and I can't wait!

The freedom to do whatever I want, and go wherever I want, and no petty little arguements when you're getting really sick of each other - ahhh!

But then there's the little doubts - who will watch my bag when I go to the toilet, who will split the price of this room with me, and most worringly, how is anyone back home going to understand just how beautiful this Himalayan valley is?

Reassure me guys......😉 Reply to this

17 years ago, February 21st 2005 No: 2 Msg: #1314  
I am about to venture on a 1-year round the world trip and I am planning on doing it alone as well. For now, I find solice in the fact that I will truly enjoy every experience and be a "better" person for the adventure. I'm sure being alone will add some difficulites as stated by other posted messages, but the benefits are just as strong. Reply to this

17 years ago, February 22nd 2005 No: 3 Msg: #1315  
At this stage I am travelling alone when I leave in August.

I am heading to Europe for at least a 3 year working holiday. (I am currently in Australia)

I think I wll be a lot less retricted in travel, but agree with you on things like share acocmodation etc.

it will be an experience. Reply to this

17 years ago, February 22nd 2005 No: 4 Msg: #1319  
I think what I'm most worried about is that it could isolate me from my friends back home - I'm sure they'll be interested in my stories and experiences, but how can you explain travels? How can you make them REALLY understand? Probably impossible, so no point in worrying right? Reply to this

17 years ago, February 23rd 2005 No: 5 Msg: #1322  
Hey Conor,

I am not going to worry about that sort of thing too much. There is always Journal stuff like this site, email, digital photos movies and postcards. Keep writing, they will stay interested!!!

But seriously, don't worry too much about it.

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17 years ago, March 23rd 2005 No: 6 Msg: #1471  
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to the person who wrote:

At this stage I am travelling alone when I leave in August.

I am heading to Europe for at least a 3 year working holiday. (I am currently in Australia)

I am also heading to Europe at the same time and am considering going on a work visa. How have you been looking for jobs and how are you going to deal with the high cost of rent? - Thanks



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17 years ago, March 24th 2005 No: 7 Msg: #1475  
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Is there anybody have been travel to Guilin, China? Reply to this

17 years ago, March 24th 2005 No: 8 Msg: #1477  
Hi MissJ,

I am going to the UK first. There are heaps of places that will help you find work. Try http://www.livein-jobs.co.uk/free.html as a good place to start. Just do a search in google as well for 'working holiday UK' or similar, and you will find heaps. I have a big list somewhere. I must dig that up again. As for accomodation, try TNT magazine (www.tntmagazine.com) or again, do a search in google.

I am going to be starting with a live-in job myself.

If you would like more info, let me know.

Stewart Reply to this

17 years ago, April 21st 2005 No: 9 Msg: #1673  
hi! i'm still on the road after traveling mostly solo for about 8 months now and it's been terrific! in reality, there are other solo travelers, so you're really never alone. but traveling along allows you to be as social or as hermitic (?) as you want, go where you please, wake up as early/late as you want, and it kinda forces you to interact with the people and their customs, so you will probably have a much different experience then going with another. i would conclude that it was one of the best things i could have done for myself. you discover things about yourself that you may never know, both good and bad!, without an experience as such. i hope your journey takes you to many beautiful places.... Reply to this

17 years ago, April 21st 2005 No: 10 Msg: #1674  
i forgot about the toilet issue...you have to be creative sometimes and don't let your pack get too big... sometimes you just gotta go with it on and it's tough not to fall in if it's too large! a rain cover helps too if the ground is a bit dirty and you have to take your pack into the toilet. sounds like you might be headed to places where you might not even have to worry about such things...you might be lucky to find a toilet! toilets in the himalayas all have great views provided you can find a rock large enough. but if you're a guy, no worries. try explaining that one to your friends 😊
as for room prices, it's much cheaper in that area. and again, finding other solo travelers to share costs is usually not a problem. most people are more than happy to split room/food costs! Reply to this

17 years ago, May 1st 2005 No: 11 Msg: #1743  
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> who will watch my bag when I go to the toilet

That is the biggest problem of them all 😊 - the rest is as easy as a smile and a hi.

> but how can you explain travels?

No description vocal or in text, no photograph will ever recapture some moments fully... the weirdest thing for me was going back home after what I felt was a whole lifetime of experiences - and feeling as though nothing had changed, I might as well have gone away for the weekend... and that's basically how it is for those that haven't travelled for an extended period. Reply to this

17 years ago, May 6th 2005 No: 12 Msg: #1760  
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Guys that was really practical and interesting issues that i too face when i travel alone.Though i can never ever fully share my wonderful experiences, wat i do is to take a few days and even a month to slowly recollect those experiences and share it with my near and dear.And about the toilet issue-- i usually make quick friends and i some how figure out whom i can trust and dont with my baggage. Reply to this

17 years ago, May 14th 2005 No: 13 Msg: #1803  
One of the greatest benefits of traveling alone is that you really come into your own - it's your adventures, your experiences, your ups and your downs. You get to test yourself and in the end I think you have a much better understanding of yourself. Another plus - you get to really emerse yourself in the cultures of the places your in. With other people, it's easy to travel in a bubble. So traveling alone is kind of scary, but exciting and extremely rewarding at the same time. Good luck and enjoy it! Reply to this

17 years ago, May 16th 2005 No: 14 Msg: #1824  
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Hi there,

Any thoughts on the issue with being a female and travelling alone? I would like to spend a year travelling in India and Nepal, and I have gotten very discouraging comments from women who have been to Asia without a male companion. Is this more a matter of being socially uncomfortable or is it dangerous to go alone as a female? Reply to this

17 years ago, May 16th 2005 No: 15 Msg: #1825  
i don't think it was too bad to travel alone as a female. i've met quite a number of solo female travellers along the way, and they have all enjoyed it, perhaps more than i even, too.
i think that in nepal right now, the political situation is not so great with the king having recently reinstated the government. if you're american and look the part, definitely not a good place to go as many nepali, especially the maoists, are wary of us. plenty of conspiracy theories floating around. perhaps if you contact a guide, it may be ok. annapurna area is probably not the place to trek around if you're planning on going to nepal. solo khumbu area (everest) is safer in terms of political termoil.
i have been told that india is a difficult place to travel as a solo female traveller. i guess it depends on how you approach it and where you go. again, as an american female, they have certain stereotypes that if you're willing to confront is not too bad. or so i'm told. southern india is also reportedly easier.
and again, it usually isn't the case that you'll be the only solo traveller. one of the best things about traveling alone is that you meet other people, make new friends, learn new things, have experiences you may never have if you don't travel alone.
happy travelling...
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17 years ago, May 21st 2005 No: 16 Msg: #1849  
Having just started a year of solo female travel, the 2 countries (Egypt & Jordan) I've hit sofar have the assumed hassles, but nothing that carrying myself confidently hasn't overcome. Common sense is always a good thing. Now I seem to get more shock and honesty from people. They've also tried to convert me to Muslim, but-not this time! Solo travelling is the best sense of freedom ever!! Reply to this

17 years ago, July 15th 2005 No: 17 Msg: #2222  

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Is there anybody have been travel to Guilin, China?



I'll be in Guilin / Yangshuo in August 2005
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17 years ago, July 23rd 2005 No: 18 Msg: #2282  
hi everyone.. I always travel alone for I find that worry-free. I just don't go in the places labeled not advisable to go especially if I am not with a male companion.

Conor: who will watch my bag when I go to the toilet, who will split the price of this room with me, and most worringly, how is anyone back home going to understand just how beautiful this Himalayan valley is?



Carry your bag with you. :d
as for the room, hmmm.. well I have no idea. hehehe...

Himalayan Valley, wow..allow us to contact your people back home and we will prove to them how breath taking the valley is. :d
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16 years ago, September 22nd 2005 No: 19 Msg: #2699  
hi Conor,

Goiong traveling around Asia in December for first time but not alone, still quite nervous though! been to India twice this year and everyone ive mets been really friendly (locals, Brits American, Dutch etc) Everyones in the same boat.

Hope you have a great time :~) Reply to this

16 years ago, October 1st 2005 No: 20 Msg: #2766  
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I'd love to go travel alone.. though i only have two concerns in doing so. A. no one to split expenses with.. and most importantly B. how safe can someone be by their self, traveling alone? Reply to this

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