Is it weird...

  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 16, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    I always think I'm going to hate it ... and I think it's not safe to travel alone ... but every time I did, I had a blast, more so then when I have done trips with someone else ... and honestly I wonder after if I'd have had such a good time had I done it with someone else ... guess it would just be a different sort of time, but probably would have been fun too
  • Smakkyoface

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    Aug 16, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    I couch surfed in France 2 years ago by myself. Had some great hosts! Met the friendliest people and if they see u sitting alone theyll usually sit with u or ask u to sit with them. That was the first time i traveled to a new city alone. Id do it again if time and economy permits.
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    Aug 16, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    I've posted on this a couple times. I've traveled alone a lot. Here are the good reasons I've done it:

    erik911sd saidI'm cutting, pasting, and editing an earlier post I wrote about traveling alone vs going on an organizned tour...the same thoughts apply for traveling alone vs with a friend:

    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.
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    Aug 16, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    I love traveling by myself. I find when I go with friends we stick to our group for the most part, but when its just you your kinda forced to get yourself out there and meet people. Had great times with or without people with me.
  • Suetonius

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    Aug 16, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    Nice to travel with a friend if you can. But not weird at all. When I was around your age I went to europe for a month, got a Eurailpass, and went to a lot of different places - met guys and had a good time in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, and a number of other places. Get a Rick Steves guidebook if you go to europe. Today, most young guys in europe speak some english. Gay bars provided a number of brief romances. Had a great time. Now there is also couchsurfing. If you can go with a friend, do. If you can't, go anyway.
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    Aug 16, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    Isn't it perfectly normal to travel alone? I know several people who've done just that. In fact, I plan on going to England next year. icon_cool.gif