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Old 04-08-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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If you hike by yourself (as I generally do), you've got a better chance of seeing animals...
if they hear a group approaching, they're apt to be gone before you can see them.
Hmmm I'm not so sure on this. I hike with my wife and can't count the number of times one of us has spotted something the other hasn't, especially things like snakes that often stay still and rely on blending in. Two sets of eyes versus two sets of footfalls might be a wash.

There is also the safety issue with remote hiking, buddy rule and all. Breaking your ankle while two hours from help is a lot different situation if there is someone else with you.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:14 AM
 
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Where are you going? Destination makes a huge difference to anyone travelling alone, especially women, even in parts of Europe ,such as Greece..


Alone? Only once. I was 53 at the time.

To UK from Australia, with a stop over in Kuala Lumpur.

In England ,stayed with friends in Cambridge. Pretty straight forward, no dramas.

Spent a few weeks backpacking around Southern Ireland and Scotland. Stayed mostly at official Youth Hostels. They are relatively cheap, clean, and safe. You may also book ahead.

Youth Hostels are a lot more fun than B&B's, but of course you mostly have to cook your own food. (some offer breakfast) I rarely bothered cooking, went a pub for a meal.. I met a great mixture of people from all over the world. You will find Aussies everywhere you go. (well I did, everywhere in the world I've travelled)

I stayed in private hostels twice, once in Galway, once in Dublin. They were not clean,(wasn't game to use the shower)and the sheets were grimy and smelled. Unlike Youth Hostels, rooms were mixed. I recommend paying the extra to stay at a pub or B&B instead of a private hostel if possible

Stayed at Tourist board accredited B&B's twice. (they had a sign) Once in Portree, Isle Of Skye, Once at Drummnadrochit, on Loch Ness. Not especially cheap, but you get your own room, clean bathroom and a decent breakfast.
I'm going to Europe. I don't do hostels. I am married. I am also very late 30's I don't really consider that to be 'youth' nor am I am looking to meet people.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:10 PM
 
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I like to travel solo, mostly for the freedom. I like to do whatever I want to do, at what time I want. I really don't care about missing an attraction, although I would try to cover many attractions.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I will be solo traveling in November for the first time ever!


Anyone have any tips? I am married but my husband will not have the time off work to go with me. I am a female in my late 30's.


Do you like solo traveling or do you not like it?
Solo travel is the best. I love it, but I know it's not for everybody. I've always kind of just wandered off on family vacations as a kid. When I got old enough (18) I wandered off on my own adventures. I've been to Munich twice, Argentina (Buenos Aires and Bariloche), Colorado, and Oregon by myself.

General tips...keep people back home up to date on your plans and follow general safety tips like you would back home. My general rule for solo travel is daylight hours I'm out. Once it gets dark I chill in my room.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:39 AM
 
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I've probably responded to other threads on this subject (I travel a lot!). I've done it on my own because I was single or traveling on business and have also traveled with DH- for years before we married and until his death in 2016. I'm traveling on my own again and still thoroughly enjoying it.

For some destinations such as India/Nepal, the Galapagos and the Panama Canal I've chosen a small-group tour or cruise. I'd been to India many times on business and decided it wasn't a good place to go on my own. I'd need a private driver (public transportation sometimes sketchy, it is NOT a good place to drive yourself) and would have felt isolated. In Europe I don't need my hand held and I'm fine on my own. Occasionally I'll take a local tour so I can have conversations with others (yes, mostly American tourists) but I'm enough of an introvert that it doesn't bother me to be alone. My last 2 trips to Europe I used Airbnb and really liked being able to have coffee in the morning and a kitchen where I could prepare meals and store food. I'll likely continue that; hotels are getting crazy expensive.

I do miss DH- he was a wonderful traveling companion- but I'd rather travel solo than stay home!
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:55 PM
 
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I haven't tried traveling solo, but I'm thinking about it. I used to think that this is not a good idea as I always travelled together with my husband. But recently I've read other people's opinions about solo traveling on r/SoloTravel, and I should say, most of them really like it and are sure that it is useful to travel alone from time to time to get your thoughts in order.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Most accompanied travelers are with a member of a household which has a combined family budget. It only cost half as much to travel when I was no longer with my ex. Certainly a huge consideration in making travel decisions.

Two can live as cheaply as one only if they do not buy air tickets.


BTW, hostels are not 'youth hostels" any more. At least a quarter of the guests nowadays are over 40, and the average is probably near 30. Few guests are actually youths, and those who are feel comfortable mixing with people of all ages..

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Old 06-17-2019, 07:28 PM
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I've traveled alone internationally. I loved it.
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Old 06-18-2019, 10:11 AM
 
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Most accompanied travelers are with a member of a household which has a combined family budget. It only cost half as much to travel when I was no longer with my ex. Certainly a huge consideration in making travel decisions.

Two can live as cheaply as one only if they do not buy air tickets.


BTW, hostels are not 'youth hostels" any more. At least a quarter of the guests nowadays are over 40, and the average is probably near 30. Few guests are actually youths, and those who are feel comfortable mixing with people of all ages..
Hostels don't make sense for me. I am very well-off. I don't need to 'save money' and if I do, I'm not going to skimp on accomodations. Rather skimp elsewhere.
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Old 06-18-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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I enjoy traveling alone. I haven't done an international trip alone but probably would at one point down the road. But I prefer it at this point because I'm very active & love to explore. When I'm on vacation I like to do as much as I can and it's hard to find people that want to do the same.
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