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post #46 of 71
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^ lol, this guy. I'm headed to Europe next week but you're making me second guess my decisions already

Just landed in Vegas for the weekend. About I also have some cheap, yet overpriced whiskey unless I can get to the Walgreens

You know where you wanna go!!
You ever been to Thailand during Songkran?
post #47 of 71

I always prefer to travel solo especially to new places, google is your friend in such instances as you can visit all kinds of unusual places and do unusual things without anyone trying to stop you coz they are tired or scared

post #48 of 71

I've traveled to England, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore by myself.  My first trip was England solo which wasn't bad since English was no problem.  SE Asia was interesting on the fly but I had no one to bother me which made it an experience I will never forget.  I loved every minute of it and stayed in places most wouldn't enjoy. I also met amazing people along the way and had no one to look out for or make sure the other person is having a good time.  I'm more adventurous than most so I sometimes feel held back bc I know who I'm traveling with isn't as open to new things.  

post #49 of 71

Going solo can be great - and sometimes lonely too. It's best to include things that incerase the chances of meeting people, as that is what it is all about really.

 

I recommend...

 

Stay in hostels.

Hostels are no longer "youth hostels". Anyone can stay. In Europe especially they are open to all. But best to stay in non-official hostels, i.e. independent hostels. They are still excellent but dont have crazy rules about what time u need to get up etc.

 

Bring your smartphone.

There are an increasing number of sites that cater for solo travellers. TravBuddy and Wandermates.com are two I have used (this is me on Wandermates http://www.wandermates.com/profileview.php?profileuserid=9 :) No site is perfect but by spreading yoruself around u can increase the chances of meeting someone.

 

Go on group activities.

Go on a 2 or 3 day trip to do scuba, climbing, cycling etc. THat way to get to meet likeminded people and have fun. I have done it a lot and it s s agreat way tp break the ice and meet a few buddies. Plus, it is short enough that u are not bpgged dow. Alternatively book a longer session with someone like Exodus.co.uk or Explore. I have done trps with them in Turkey and MOrocco and they were both turely excellent!

post #50 of 71
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It can also be miserable. You've got to be pretty comfortable in your own skin and being by yourself.
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If you don't speak the language in the country, be prepared for some serious introspection. It's a good thing.

Agreed. If you find yourself in a lonely rut during solo travel, the key is to keep moving... go to the next city, site, distraction etc. While it may seem a daunting prospect going to a different continent alone, I might note that while I have regretted stressful trips I've taken with flings and girlfriends, I've never once looked back at a solo trip and thought "that was a lonely, unfulfilling journey" or whatever.

While most of us would probably like to think we always have awesome friends or chicks on reserve to go traveling with us, the fact remains that is often not the case; but the urge to explore and discover is still there. One of the whole points of SF in my opinion is to be comfortable in your own skin- to express and create one's aesthetic ideal for use during daily life. Simply wandering through an old European city on a warm night in your favorite linen sport coat is really quite fulfilling. And I think you'll find a lot more opens up for you doing that, than rushing around in shorts with your girlfriend and rick steves clutched to your sides.
post #51 of 71
i won a free trip to tokyo by myself, and was easily one of my best life experiences. Met so many people, did so many weird things, never slept, never stopped. You havent lived until you onsen naked on a hot slab next to a naked sumo.

Go forth!
post #52 of 71
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i won a free trip to tokyo by myself, and was easily one of my best life experiences. Met so many people, did so many weird things, never slept, never stopped. You havent lived until you onsen naked on a hot slab next to a naked sumo.

Go forth!
not gonna google "onsen". the context in that sentence is enough
post #53 of 71

The real problem is, does solo-travelling work if you are introverted, like I (may be) am.

If I do this, I just think I walk alone from spot to spot etc. I am social but I don't walk to people and ask them something, you know what I mean?

post #54 of 71
onsen is a japanese hot spring or day spa. Very much a part of the culture, i wish it was the case in US. You have a membership to a hot spring, go and chill hard, then work 18hr days.
post #55 of 71

Onsen are freaking awesome. Spent a few of my days in Japan in the mountains above Nagano alternating between eating, sleeping, exploring and relaxing in the onsen. Sitting in the hot springs with snow all around is something that must be experienced. They are all over Japan; Tokyo, for instance, has many onsen that are like clubs/gyms/spas what have you. But traveling to 'take the onsen' in various places is a very Japanese holiday. They are typically sex segregated, and one always bathes nude (unless in a touristy place), so sitting with naked Japanese guys is de riguer. It is the way of things and not uncomfortable. I have not taken the onsen with a sumo, admittedly. Though we were able to reserve a private outdoor onsen so that my gf and I could enjoy it together. It is a very relaxing experience.

 

I have never experienced onsen 'in the wild' as it were; natural pools and mountain springs that one hikes to get to. That would be intense. Would love to do that sometime. HRoi, you should totally Google image search 'onsen' -- see some of these things.

 

~ H

post #56 of 71
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Originally Posted by mr usneun View Post

The real problem is, does solo-travelling work if you are introverted, like I (may be) am.

If I do this, I just think I walk alone from spot to spot etc. I am social but I don't walk to people and ask them something, you know what I mean?


I mean, I am ridiculously introverted, too. But there are modes in which I prefer to have social interaction at home, and I do them when I am away, too. (disclaimer, I have often traveled alone, but not out of the country).  I do, basically, just walk alone from place to place and am generally happy with that since no one is annoying me. I do a lot of photography, which I also prefer to do solo, so it is no big deal. If I were gone for a long time, I probably would need to find some english-speaking people just so that I could have a normal conversation.

~H

post #57 of 71
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you absolutely do not want to stay in Miami by yourself unless your sole plan is to go to the beach every day. then staying on SOBE isn't that bad.

 

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Good choice. And nYc can be done on a budget if necessary. Make sure you check out the following before your trip for things to do:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork

 

 

Change of plans. Gonna end up in Miami instead since I'm trying to do some business while on vacation as well.

The bright side is that I'm saving money since I'll be staying in my Aunt's empty house.

 

The NYC trip is a definite must in the near future though, especially since I did so much planning for it already.

post #58 of 71
if you need any Miami recs, let me know
post #59 of 71
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if you need any Miami recs, let me know

Sure, I'll be glad for any that you have.

Any recs for Ft. Lauderdale and Pompano Beach would be appreciated too.

post #60 of 71
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Oh yeah, I'd go back... But I'd probably try to stay somewhere that was expensive enough to keep the hippies out.

Tough to do. Tulum is kind of overrun with well-off yoga hippies, no?
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