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Old 12-29-2016, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Portugal
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I have been befriended by others who may have "felt sorry" for me but we ended up becoming good friends. they are just trying to be nice.
My wife and I travel together and often invite solo travelers to come over to our table for a few beers, they almost always seem really happy to pick up their drink and come over for some chats. Just like you said, we've ended up making a few temporary travel buddies along the way agreeing to do stuff together to share expenses on local transport etc. even taking pictures of each other doing whatever touristy stuff to email.

I've never gotten the impression offense was taken.
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Old 12-30-2016, 03:46 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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Prior to the advent of the "selfie stick", solo travelers would have to depend on the kindness of strangers to get any pictures at all where they were actually in the shot. And personally I hate the whole concept of the selfie stick, have never owned or used one.

I have, however, paid locals for tour guide services which included handing them my least expensive digital camera with the instructions that there is no such thing as too many pictures

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I don't especially like dining alone, but it depends on the type of restaurant. I do get a reaction of surprise or looks. That is why I don't feel comfortable in a place that is not casual.
A good option when dining alone is to look for a semi-fancy place that has a traditional full bar with bartender and where you can order from the regular dining menu at the bar.

That avoids all the stigma of "table for one", plus your drink refills come much, much faster.
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Old 12-31-2016, 01:46 AM
 
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Prior to the advent of the "selfie stick", solo travelers would have to depend on the kindness of strangers to get any pictures at all where they were actually in the shot. And personally I hate the whole concept of the selfie stick, have never owned or used one.

I have, however, paid locals for tour guide services which included handing them my least expensive digital camera with the instructions that there is no such thing as too many pictures

What's with about selfie sticks? I don't understand. People want to take a photo of themselves and there is a way to do it, is that a bad thing?

I used to ask strangers to take photos of me if I travel solo. Most are kind and willing, but let's be honest, most people suck at taking photos. They don't care if there are 5 other people right beside you in the photo, they often put you on the very edge of the photo, don't care if your eyes are closed, and often they cut off the top of a beautiful cathedral. In 90% of the cases, I am unhappy with the photos they take and still have to say thank you.

Selfie sticks are a great invention. Yes, it looks cliche but it is completely harmless.
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Old 01-01-2017, 11:09 PM
 
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I could have never imagined traveling alone - until the first time I did it.
It's amazing - there is no freer feeling.
But, I understand why some people think it's weird.
As with all the other "uncomfortable" moments with traveling - endure the awkward questions and enjoy everything else.



As for selfie-sticks. I'll never use one. I much prefer to ask someone to take a picture for me - some of those encounters certainly added to my experiences. Then I often ask the person who took my picture to take a picture with me. Sometimes it keeps going - a picture with the person who took a picture of the person who took a picture of me...

Regarding the quality of the picture, if at first you don't succeed, try again.
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:42 AM
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I'm a woman, and I solo travel frequently.

I went solo to Cancun in July and solo to the DR in December for my birthday. Both trips were absolutely amazing! I stayed at resorts, but I signed up for tons of excursions. Sure, people ask me why I'm alone, and they say I'm brave. I stopped letting that bother me, though. Some people are just so insecure that they can't do anything without company.

That's just not me.

The one thing that still bothers me is when clueless friends and co-workers use that [extremely annoying!] pity voice when asking why I'm going solo. They truly don't know what they're missing. Solo travel is freaking spectacular!

I have a solo trip to Barcelona planned for September.
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:44 AM
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Travel solo all the time. Never once thought about it.
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:57 AM
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Oh PLEASSEEE Why should he have to do THAT? Are you really saying he should stick to something like backpacking out in the wild because other places will have couples?

That is absurd, and it is pretty much punishing the solo traveler. As if we don't get punished enough by the higher prices for trips, etc that we have to pay. A lot of the good stuff to do and exciting things to visit will have couples (and everyone else)

But the solo traveler shouldn't go because he's solo? It's not his fault that other people are annoying as heck. How about people just learning to mind their own business and not question strangers they see on trips.

God forbid people learn how to do that.

This x 1,000,000. ^

Thank you for expressing my exact thoughts.
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Old 01-02-2017, 11:58 AM
Status: "Kamala/Pete 2020!! Make it happen, people." (set 10 days ago)
 
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They were simply saying that a tour might not be the best way to travel for a solo traveler...

And that's bull.
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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I also enjoy traveling solo and in fact prefer it. It lets me go at my own pace, which I've found is often more than many people can keep up with. No idea where the stigma for this (or dining alone) comes from.

That being said, it can be unwise to admit to a stranger that you're traveling alone if asked. That's none of their business.
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Old 01-02-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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I've done a solo trip in late Spring of 2014, late Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. Can be benefical since I go at my own crazy pace, but can have some acward times (leaving stuff, bar). Debating wheter to do another one this year
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