Trying to Plan a Trip of Solitude

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    Jun 08, 2010 5:38 AM GMT
    I'm not depressed in any way, but I really need some time away from my city and family, and alone time is something that's rarer and rarer these days. Work has been slow, so there's time to take off. But, I won't be making money during that time, so I need to consider cost.

    Anyone have any good ideas for spots that are outside my home of Phoenix? Cheap and easy to fly to? Good for solitude and relaxation?
  • jova

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    Jun 08, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    Rent a ford mustang and drive along west cost on the road 1 icon_wink.gif
  • DJZ77

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    Jul 09, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    You know... I'm feeling the same way right now. This is my plan, check it...

    I'm from NY so I'd like to fly out to the west coast. Still debating if I want to start off in Seattle or San Fransisco. I've checked out the flight details and it's a lot less if I start out in Cali. Anywho, I figure I'd start there and make my way back across the country via land, making pit stops in different states along the way. Don't have it all figured out just yet, but heck... I have time right now. OOH... and for added fun, I'll be commuting by bus and train. I kinda feel like I NEED to do this!


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    Jul 09, 2010 6:44 AM GMT
    Check out the movie "Into the Wild" for ideas.
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    Jul 09, 2010 6:45 AM GMT
    why fly? just drive over to socal (san diego maybe?) like lots of zonies do icon_biggrin.gif

    I should also say there are lots of small towns in nocal that are quiet and slow-paced.
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    Jul 09, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    keep heading north until u hit superman's fortress of solitudeicon_smile.gif
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    Jul 09, 2010 1:39 PM GMT
    Fly to Minnesota and canoe the boundry waters along the Canadian border. That is solitutde!
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    Jul 09, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    cestfort2000 saidFly to Minnesota and canoe the boundry waters along the Canadian border. That is solitutde!


    Did that once in my 20's...was EATEN ALIVE by mosquito's! They're like birds even with repellent.

    Save up your pennies and do the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain. I really want to do it in three years when I turn 50 ...
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    Jul 09, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    Central America.

    Grab your backpack and get going. Super cheap and interior of Guatemala is amazing for losing yourself in solitude.
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    Jul 09, 2010 2:19 PM GMT
    I'm planning something similar... I live in Indiana, and was thinking about Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, or, obviously, Indiana... however, I can't really find much...

    Now, I'd like to go to a gay/male campgrounds/hotel, and preferably something clothing optional, but the only things I can find are "member exclusive." Any ideas?
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    Jul 09, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidCheck out the movie "Into the Wild" for ideas.


    As long as we don't find his body a month later!
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    Jul 09, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    Camping. Just plain old camping. If you don't have a tent, you don't really need one now that it's summer. It's cheap and easy, and great for solitude.
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    Jul 09, 2010 3:08 PM GMT
    zarin saidCamping. Just plain old camping. If you don't have a tent, you don't really need one now that it's summer. It's cheap and easy, and great for solitude.



    I couldn't agree more. I have an outdoor gear store and have a lot of people that like to buy the gear just to get away from everything. No texting, no freakin conference calls, no TV news. Just a relaxing time in nature.

    Dump the watch, its breakfast time whenever you wake up and its lunch whenever you get hungry and then its bedtime whenever you are tired. No rules- No regs.....
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    Jul 09, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    I think it's awesome that you want to get away from it all and reconnect with yourself. As much as I would love to invite you to New Orleans, I don't think our city is the place for relaxation and solitude.

    N'Awlins is overstimulated with the sights and sounds of the city and we're a friendly bunch that love to meet strangers and turn 'em into life-long friends. We'd drag your ass around town and point out to you every little thing about this romantic, mysterious and outrageous city. We would also drag you by your nose and tongue and tell you that you MUST savor our crawfish etouffee, gumbo, oysters (yes, oil-free), soft-shell crab po-boys.

    And of course, we'd take your liver and hit Bourbon St, the street of 24-hour bars where you'll get to meet a congregate of outrageous people who'll talk your ear off, dance your legs off, love your heart out. We'll use every fiber of your being before you go home.

    No, New Orleans is not for you. Too loving, too filling, too in-your-face and you'll never be alone.

    Best to go camping! icon_wink.gif
  • JayDT

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    Jul 09, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    Go to Curacao, it's in the Dutch West Indies. NO ONE goes to Curacao, so it's cheap and pretty relaxing. And as English is not the primary language of the Island, you won't get loads of people talking to you all day long. Travelocity used to have week long trips that included airfiare and hotel starting at only $500.
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    Jul 09, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    scotty789 saidI'm planning something similar... I live in Indiana, and was thinking about Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, or, obviously, Indiana... however, I can't really find much...

    Now, I'd like to go to a gay/male campgrounds/hotel, and preferably something clothing optional, but the only things I can find are "member exclusive." Any ideas?


    Saugatuck Michigan has a campground that I used to go to. It has the family part and then it has a gay male clothing optional part with a pool and lots of activities. Also the Douglas Dunes can be a lot of fun and they have rooms in their basement that are really reasonable. The last time I was there it was about $30 a night and the restroom and shower facilities are shared. Or you can rent a regular room or a cabin for more money. That is all I can think of in Michigan that is gay and has clothing optional areas in Michigan without having a membership.

    As for the OP, I would go camping in Colorado.
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    Jul 09, 2010 5:05 PM GMT
    scotty789 saidI'm planning something similar... I live in Indiana, and was thinking about Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, or, obviously, Indiana... however, I can't really find much...

    Now, I'd like to go to a gay/male campgrounds/hotel, and preferably something clothing optional, but the only things I can find are "member exclusive." Any ideas?


    if you live in indiana, you need to check out the "gethsemani" monestary in kentucky. it is where thomas merton spent much of his life.

    here: http://www.monks.org

    and to the OP, there are some out-of-the-way camping spots at the grand canyon. you could do worse...
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    Jul 09, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    Depends what you're looking for, for complete solitude I would suggest a monastery of some kind.... I'd go for a zen temple... but there are regimens to follow. If you want to do your own thing, camping is a great way to go... OR you could just Wander - one of my personal favorites icon_razz.gif

    Good Luck
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    Jul 09, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    I always wanted to do that myself. I think spending time yourself is something that most of us need to do. A time to recalibrate our mind and soul.

    If you're on a tight budget do not go to big cities especially if your goal is solitude. Pick a spot that's even just close outside your town where lodging is cheap or camping, as some of the guys have suggested.

    Get some books on meditation (I know new age stuff LOL) to help you give ideas on how to relax yourself and realize a lot of things about your life. icon_smile.gif

    Enjoy and hope you find solitude and peace icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 09, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    I just did this myself. I packed a car and drove out West - spent a week hiking and camping throughout Yellowstone and the Tetons - it was awesome. No cell, no TV, no e-mail - great views!
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    Jul 09, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    Glacier National Park is great for solitude.
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    Jul 09, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
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    Why not fly to the UK and hike along the Jurassic Coast Path, pictured here?
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    Jul 09, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    scotty789 saidI'm planning something similar... I live in Indiana, and was thinking about Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, or, obviously, Indiana... however, I can't really find much...

    Now, I'd like to go to a gay/male campgrounds/hotel, and preferably something clothing optional, but the only things I can find are "member exclusive." Any ideas?


    I don't know where in Indiana you are, but I know there is a gay campground in Brown County, in south Central Indiana (due east from Bloomington-Camp Buckhead ( I think).
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    Jul 09, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidCheck out the movie "Into the Wild" for ideas.


    UM..just don't die..i've read the book, just be safe! haha
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    Jul 09, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    jaydub saidI just did this myself. I packed a car and drove out West - spent a week hiking and camping throughout Yellowstone and the Tetons - it was awesome. No cell, no TV, no e-mail - great views!


    Did the same a few years ago. A week in the Tetons. Only saw two campers the entire time, it was great!icon_biggrin.gif