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Old 05-29-2007, 04:06 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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Just wondering what you guys think. I'm a college student on summer break, I'll be trying to get a summer job soon but currently have a couple of free days. I am thinking about driving from Phoenix to San Diego (about a 6hr drive) later this week and spending a couple of nights there. I want to cool off from this relentless Arizona heat, take a break from crappy Phoenix, and see the ocean; I haven't even seen the ocean in years! Most college kids from AZ only go to SD because they want to go to Tijuana, get drunk, and party. I'm not interested in that stuff one bit; I don't care about partying or night life; I just want to relax and see something different.

My plan would be to walk around a couple of beaches (La Jolla), do some hiking, check out the downtown and Balboa park (not the zoo or sea world though), and most importantly, check out some of the colleges in the area (UCSD, SDSU, USD). I love walking around other college campuses. Problem, is, I don't know anybody to go with any time soon (let alone finding somebody who would be interested in the kind of trip I have in mind). I have some friends that just went there for memorial day weekend (without telling me), everybody else is busy or spending their summer out of state. Should I just go for it and do my own thing-- or is traveling alone weird and just plain wrong?
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Old 05-29-2007, 04:52 PM
Location: Journey's End
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Well, ever since I can remember, which is at least a thousand years, I have travelled alone. I like it for the most part, and only occasionally wish I invited a partner.

But, if I waited, and thought it was weird, I'd have missed half the world.

So, my answer is go for it and enjoy yourself. If you don't like doing it alone, you'll find partners the next trip out.

Good luck!
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:34 PM
Location: In the sunshine on a ship with a plank
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Traveling alone is a wonderful experience- I highly recommend taking that road trip and doing everything that you want to do.

Earlier this year I flew from Florida to Phoenix and toured Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and the Painted Desert------ all by myself. It was the best five days I've had in years!!
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:26 PM
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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My brother traveled around Europe after graduating from University. He met so many people and had a blast. Some people are just able and happy to do that. I envy those types!
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:39 PM
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I say go for it vegaspilgrim!!! I hope you enjoy your trip.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:52 PM
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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Default Go for it.

Hey pilgrim, San Diego is a great place for a college student to hang out for a few days. No shortage of people in your age range around town, especially out near the beach communities. In addition to La Jolla, go check out "OB" Ocean Beach, a real neat place that has a great beach front to walk around. Want a hiking place, go out to Point Loma, lots of trails right above the ocean. Perfect cure for AZ desert heat stroke. Have fun, the weather has been nice lately along the coast, maybe even on the cool side so bring along a sweatshirt or windbreaker for the early morning or evenings if the fog is hanging around.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:59 PM
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Well, the right time is now for you to go it alone! I did a lot of travelling by myself in my college days but always knew people at the destination I was going. When the Internet was "safer" back in 1997 I actually met people from IRC (internet relay chat ... old chatting program) and that was pretty cool. In retrospect, it was a stupid thing to do but I was lucky and met some pretty cool people. Don't be afraid to go on a vacation alone ... it'll be some of the best memories you'll make, I think!
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:25 PM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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There are times when it's fun to travel alone but I find that it's more enjoyable to have someone along to share your experience. For me I usually travel with a friend unless I go on a short trip to San Diego or Tucson. Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and usually the place for me to go is Sedona or Tucson. They're each only a few hours drive and yet my state of mind can go from stressed-out to relaxed in those few hours. Personally I just can't find a whole bunch of fun in traveling by yourself; I like to have someone along to share the experience most of the time.
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Old 05-30-2007, 03:58 AM
Location: Las Vegas
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You'll only have regrets if you don't do it! Go! Have fun!
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:42 AM
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Go and enjoy yourself. However, let someone know where you are and keep your cell phone on. It is very dangerous out there today. Keep your car doors locked and be careful who you befriend. With that said, you might just want to take a friend. Safety in numbers and all that.
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