Traveling alone... who does it?

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    Dec 20, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    So I really want to travel more but it always is difficult to coordinate travel with friends. Many of my friends either don't have the money, we may have differing ideas of what constitutes a fun vacation, or schedules simply don't work out.

    How do you single guys who like to travel do it? Do you often go alone, and if so do you do group tours like Atlantis or Backroads so that you meet new people? Or do you truly go alone?

    Any ideas for me on where to go in 2013?
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    I'm going to Buenos Aires, Argentina for the holidays, and I'm traveling alone. I've always enjoyed traveling alone and meeting people along the way. I don't like going to very touristy areas, however. I am planning to go to Rio de Janeiro in February as well, schedule permitting.
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    Dec 20, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    I haven't done Atlantis or Backroads, but I have been on a few tours. I've also done the solo thing. I prefer doing the solo thing, so that I can do a hundred things or if I need do nothing that day. Plus walking around a city is a better way to get a feel of it and to meet people.

    DOMINUS said I don't like going to very touristy areas, however. I am planning to go to Rio de Janeiro in February

    Going to Rio around Carnaval season is so not touristy.
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    Dec 20, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    I'm doing it. Well its for an interview but still, I am doing it lol.

    I think our society looks down on people doing things by themselves because they have a misconception that the person has no friends. I have to disagree with this. First, how are you gonna meet people if you don't get out alone? Second, solitude is great, you can do what you want and don't have to reason with anyone about it.

    Personally I would rather travel alone than with friends. Just me though.
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    Dec 20, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    I wanna travel with Chainers.


    We're not friends, so what's the problem? {grin}
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    Dec 20, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    Last year it was Hawaii and Vegas solo. The year previous it was also Vegas(twice) and Hawaii. I'm already planning my vacations for 2013(provided the world doesn't end tomorrow icon_smile.gif ). I'm thinking Vegas for 4th of July and Key West(possibly South Beach too) for my b'day in October. I don't mind traveling alone- you never know who you will meet! Though sometimes dining alone is a drag.
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:23 AM GMT

    Travelling alone is a great idea but the experience will depend on the type of accommodation you choose.

    If you choose to stay in a backpackers in a dorm or even in a single room, you'll have a greater chance of striking up a conversation with people in communal places.

    Staying in resorts or hotels, in my opinion, doesn't offer as many spontaenous opportunities to do that.

    Enjoy!
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    wow..

    I expected way more responses to this thread!
  • wldct1998

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    Dec 24, 2012 7:03 AM GMT
    10 years ago I did a Spanish immersion program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I went online, found a school, they set me up to live with a local family for a month, and I loved it. It was also a difficult thing to do since I was still learning Spanish and they spoke no English. But it changed my life. I speak another language now & have returned many times to visit people there.
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:20 AM GMT
    For me, the challenge of traveling alone is I enjoy wasting time in my hotel room way too much. Have better luck being part of an arranged/scheduled tour.


    Want to find out how fucked up someone is before you commit to them?
    Two words: Road Trip. Just make sure they brought their VISA card.

    I've witnessed more than my share of friends/straight couples deciding to take their GF's/BF's on long road/camping trips. Every damn time, I have to pick one of them up at the damn airport...alone...so that I can be trapped in the vehicle with them for half an hour while they tell me what a nightmare it was.

    Straight people. icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
  • ParkerDLamb

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    Dec 24, 2012 7:22 AM GMT
    I travel alone and stay in hostels! I genuinely prefer it to hotels because of the social aspect and the cheap activities they offer.
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:24 AM GMT
    Me...I can't travel with other people because it stresses me out HOWEVER I was sick just recently and I took some medicine before flying...I didn't realize it would make me drowsy and I was fiiiiiiiiighting to stay awake during my connection which was 4 hours so that's the only time I wish I had someone with me so I could fall asleep but other than that, no.
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    I've traveled alone a number of times for some of the same reasons the OP mentions. Several times, friends have suggested we travel together and I say, "Great...I'm planning a trip in [time of year] to [place on Earth]...let's go." And they get all excited, and I plan the trip knowing in the end, they won't have the time or money.

    The only organized tours I've done are cycling tours. I made a good friend on one of them, and now we've traveled together on other cycling tours (straight guy, though).

    I've mentioned the reasons why I don't mind traveling alone versus with someone or on a tour a couple times in these forums, but to dust them off again...

    Erik said in another post
    1. You get to choose where to stay. Price, location, quality. It's up to you.
    2. You get to choose whom you are going with and with whom to share a room.
    3. You can be flexible. Want to sleep in one morning? No problem. Want to stay out late? Go ahead. Want to eat somewhere that serves the kind of food you like? Do it. Couldn't care less about seeing the tallest Gothic steeple in Europe or the largest stained glass window in northern England? Do something else instead.
    4. Hate the people you're traveling with? Go separate directions and meet up later.
    5. Want to really get to know an amazing city? Stay there longer than a day and a half. On organized tours, you're going to be shuttled around on buses to tourist sites and stay there long enough to take pictures until you're shuffled back on the bus to the next place you're only going to spend 30 minutes at.
    6. Want to meet and talk to locals? Good luck on a tour bus or in the middle of 30 other loud, obnoxious Americans.

    I could probably come up with other reasons, but that's why I always do my own thing. Before the interwebs, I used a travel agent to help out with hotels, but now with online travel sites and crowdsourced reviews, there's no mystery to what you're going to get or what is available for you.


    I've traveled on my own quite a bit and never worry about getting butchered and raped (much). I leave the signs of being a tourist like maps and guidebooks in the hotel and i try to always look like I know where I'm going even when I'm horribly lost. If you look like you're lost, you'll be a target. I also just keep aware of my surroundings and try not to get out of control where someone could take advantage of me. Basically, a little confidence goes a long way.[/quote]
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    I'd like to do it more, since there is no romantic partner on the horizon for me at the moment but I really want to travel. I do a lot of things alone, like solo backpacking trips and bike tours, but international travel seems daunting to me, especially since I don't speak the languages of any of the places I'd like to visit.

    I looked at a few guided things, but I'm pretty put off by the considerable single supplement. I'd probably need some pretty significant help in the planning process to figure out how to tackle a foreign country alone.
  • Pontifex

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    Dec 24, 2012 7:28 AM GMT
    I travel alone all the time. It gives you a few advantages. The main one is you decide the pace and what you want to do. The other one is that it forces you to meet people. I've made some friends travelling that I still trade emails with.

    I actually started travelling a few years ago. Nobody else was available to go with me at the time and I didn't want to sit around in Winnipeg doing nothing for 2 weeks so I decided to drive solo to the Roswell UFO festival. lol. It does help if you have some kind of event you are travelling for. I met a lot of interesting fucked up people that trip and it was a ton of fun. I've basically been travelling alone since then. It is great. I also have some online friends in different cities and it can be nice to meet up with some of them if you have the chance.

    I also travel for work alone all the time. It works for me but it might not be for everyone. It kind of forces me to get out and meet people. I'm a total introvert but even I can't spend a week without talking to people. hah. Go out, have fun, do things others don't expect you to do. You also kind of have to be responsible enough to watch your own back since nobody will do it for you. This means don't get totally drunk/stoned to the point where you aren't functional.
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    Dec 24, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    I started travelling alone when I was very young.. around 16 years old.. Then, being in the military, I traveled alone quite frequently.. So, I am accustomed to travelling abroad or in country solo.. It's a great experience and it forces you to get out and meet people. You don't have to coordinate dates, activities likes/dislikes etc... it's a "do whatever YOU like" sort of thing... Of course, having a travel companion too, is fun when you both share common interests..
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    Dec 24, 2012 8:15 AM GMT
    Think it is more fun travelling with people but one problem I have is that being on Insulin I need to eat at specific times and most of the people I travel with just don't get that....
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    Dec 24, 2012 8:30 AM GMT
    Well.. It's always more fun to travel with people but if they're not up for it. Then travel alone, what's the worst thing that could happen? icon_smile.gif
  • Spiritreaver

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    Dec 24, 2012 8:33 AM GMT
    I'm going to NYC by myself for NYE. I'm stoked!
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    Dec 24, 2012 9:17 AM GMT
    I traveled around India/Nepal alone last yea, for 3 months, did it in Sweden, danemark,canada,..etc. Most of the time is more pleasant, as you do exactly what you want, when you want. No need of painful time organization with friends. However, I try to meet friends along my journey, so it makes the travel more interesting..
    So yes, go for it, travel alone, be open, and meet lots of new people.

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    Dec 24, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    I love to travel alone. It's 'me time' without the need to compromise itinerary or schedule. It also gives me the opportunities to meet people I wouldn't be able to if I were to be with someone.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 24, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    I prefer to travel solo. It is so much easier to see places and do things that I want to do without having to worry about a travel companion that might not like the same things.
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    Dec 24, 2012 5:46 PM GMT
    I love traveling alone. It's the only time I feel myself !!
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    Dec 24, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    I went to Puerto Rico completely alone, had nothing planned out. Best experience by far. You don't have to worry about other people, you get to do what you want, whenever you damn well please. Makes you realize how you don't need anyone but yourself
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Phoenyx saidI went to Puerto Rico completely alone, had nothing planned out. Best experience by far. You don't have to worry about other people, you get to do what you want, whenever you damn well please. Makes you realize how you don't need anyone but yourself
    You are absolutely right.