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Old 12-13-2016, 02:06 PM
 
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I've gone on solo trips via driving but never have taken a solo trip by flying. I'm actually thinking of flying out to Arizona for spring training games (I live on the east coast).

Does anybody prefer to go on solo trips? Seems like when I was by myself on a road trip it was really enjoyable during the day because you just go as you please. If you want to do something you do it. Nobody you have to ask "Do you wanna do this?". You just do it.

Only thing I remember kind of not being fun was it can be kind of lonely at night.


Just kind of curious if anybody prefers solo trips? Pros? Cons?
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Old 12-13-2016, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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The ideal travel situation with other people for me, is when I go by myself but with a tour group. That way, I have people to hang out with if I want to, but I can then go off and do my own thing, or go to bed when I want to, etc.

I don't like traveling with other people for the reasons you mentioned. And I've finally learned my lesson that I won't share a room again with anyone lol. That's my haven.
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Old 12-13-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Solo trips can be lots of fun! As you said, you're in complete control of your schedule. The big downside, as you already know, is that sometimes you can get lonely, and if you have a problem or get sick there's no one with you to help you out. But especially in a country where you speak the language, these issues are generally minor.
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Old 12-13-2016, 04:28 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Solo train trips are very enjoyable if you are sociable enough to meet new people. It's a community on wheels and you have enough time to interact. Solo road trips are fine...you can do whatever you want and go where you please. Always let people know when you eventually expect to get somewhere and keep a cell phone handy. Take some precautions. Flying solo is torture.
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Old 12-13-2016, 05:51 PM
 
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Solo train trips are very enjoyable if you are sociable enough to meet new people. It's a community on wheels and you have enough time to interact. Solo road trips are fine...you can do whatever you want and go where you please. Always let people know when you eventually expect to get somewhere and keep a cell phone handy. Take some precautions. Flying solo is torture.
Why do you think solo flying is torture? Because at least if you're with a friend you can talk on the plane I'm guessing?
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Old 12-13-2016, 06:07 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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213 threads on this forum about solo travel. Consensus is that we LIKE it!

Many of us do it a lot! (even when married / with partner). ~70% of our trips are solo.

Flying solo is a BREEZE, no bags, no seat assignments, no one to WAIT for!

If my co-workers or boss ever got the idea to tag along... I changed my trip.

recreational solo travel gives you a lot of freedom to meet people.

LONG winter nights can be very LONG... so find a fire and good book to cozy up to. Or do some writing. Write up all your Valentines! and have them ready to MAIL! I like to "Window shop" on winter evenings (Walk around vintage neighborhoods and see how people decorate!)
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Old 12-14-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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I traveled for a long time for work solo. I love traveling solo now and in fact make a point to do it at least once or twice a year. Not that I don't love my family it's just nice to have some time to yourself where you're not focused on your spouse and child(ren). and you get to make your own schedule and do whatever you want!
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:27 AM
 
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I'm not sure how flying factors into this? How is it any different than a solo trip in which you're driving?
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:26 AM
 
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I am flying to Amman, Jordan solo.

Lonely at night, LOL. read a book. You can't have fun the entire day. I am usually exhausted at the end of the day after 10-15 miles of walking.
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:56 AM
 
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I'm not sure how flying factors into this? How is it any different than a solo trip in which you're driving?
Well mostly it's just the costs. When you drive you're paying for gas/tolls and that's it. Flying you're paying a lot more likely. I was just adding that in because I'd have to fly. Also with driving you can literally leave at anytime you want if something happens. Let's say a family emergency as with flying you'd have to find a flight back which could delay yourself 1 or 2 days. I also would never drive but so far if I was solo. Most I'd probably drive would be 10-12 hours. Just long enough that I can still get back in less than that amount of time. I.e. emergency.

I guess also when you fly you're almost on your own more because you're going to need transportation whether it be rental car or uber/taxi.
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