Travelling and holidaying alone

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I'm thinking of doing some travelling/holidaying in the coming months/years. I'm wondering if any of you have done so on your own and what was it like? Advice? Pitfalls?
 


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no but used to go on organised hill walking trips around Europe back in the carefree days and they seem to be good holidays for single people if you like an outdoorsy type of holiday.
 
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Best way to do it IMHO (coming from a thorough introvert). Saying that, I liked to plan trips so I would briefly visit friends located abroad, to break the total alone-ness of it.
 

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I could recommend escorted tours. You are on your own but never alone. You can

make temporary friends of others as you please. There is usually someone who will

share your views. I've been in many places in Europe and across the US this way.
 

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I'm thinking of doing some travelling/holidaying in the coming months/years. I'm wondering if any of you have done so on your own and what was it like? Advice? Pitfalls?
I don't know if this advice is helpful or not, as the last time I holidayed alone was a long time ago.

I went on car driving holiday on the continent - which started in Metz (France) and included driving to places like Mulhouse, Dijon before crossing the border in to Germany and driving to places like Stuttgart, Freiburg, and then crossing the border back in to France and crossing the border at Basel in to Switzerland and visiting Geneva.

Lots of lovely towns and villages throughout the entire route, and the volume of traffic was low outside all of the main urban centres on the route. Very scenic route as well.

The freedom to stop and stay, or get up and go, at any point was brilliant.
Bed and breakfasts and motels were reasonably cheap and car hire was reasonable too.

The down side? I suppose it would have been nice to have shared the experience with someone else, but if you've made the decision to holiday alone then it is a given that you'd prefer to do a solo run.
 

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I could recommend escorted tours. You are on your own but never alone. You can

make temporary friends of others as you please. There is usually someone who will

share your views. I've been in many places in Europe and across the US this way.
That would be great.
 

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Can be a bit of a bugger trying to book well in advance for a solo holiday as the single person supplement means it can be challenging to find a good deal. Need to be careful too as a few holiday companies seeming to specialise in solo holidays once you look more carefully at the literature are some kind of 'dating' or match-up sort of holidays.

Nearly booked one of those in error a few years ago and still wake up staring in terror at the ceiling over it. I guess they don't want to be overt or are trying to be subtle or something but the full horror of going on holiday to be left alone as much as possible only to find one is being parked next to some sherried up sociopath in a skirt deliberately would be like an ongoing dinner party from the fifth ring of hades.

So there are perils in advertised 'solo' holidays to careful of. Usually down the years I prefer to book a flight and accomodation separately and the best holidays I've had have been those with as much an element of personal decision where you can stay or move on as you wish.

A car with decent tent around Europe would be relatively cheap I suppose but then supporting one's self by clubbing people over the head and eating them would be a money-saver too but probably just about as enjoyable in my view.

Mind you one of the most pleasant discoveries for me is in not spending a thousand an upwards on a holiday and that the money could usefully be spent on booking ahead on budget tickets and going somewhere in the country you live in that you've been curious to see for a long time.

Less discomfort, no airports to deal with (which is not insignificant in defining a low-stress holiday) and you aren't trapped anywhere you've paid and realise that you don't want to be.
 

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Better still if you don't actually need a change of scene just take some time off and enjoy not being on either a work schedule or some sort of holiday schedule. After spending much money hoiking around the world both for work and pleasure I've come to realise that if you are living somewhere relatively decent there's a lot to be said for using a holiday for just not being at work and doing what you want each day and ignoring the clock altogether.
 

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Better still if you don't actually need a change of scene just take some time off and enjoy not being on either a work schedule or some sort of holiday schedule. After spending much money hoiking around the world both for work and pleasure I've come to realise that if you are living somewhere relatively decent there's a lot to be said for using a holiday for just not being at work and doing what you want each day and ignoring the clock altogether.
Yeh, pretty much agree. But a bit away from having a quiet work free abode yet, and missed out on travelling/seeing parts of e.g. Europe when the babies arrived. Reverse of your order :)
 

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I'm thinking of doing some travelling/holidaying in the coming months/years. I'm wondering if any of you have done so on your own and what was it like? Advice? Pitfalls?
I booked flights and a hotel just a week ago for a few days in August and now having second thoughts. Nothing very exciting just a city break but i've never being away on my own before and to make matters worse have no sense of direction.

I was going to go on one of those bus tour or Travel Department holidays but the single supplement is very high. They are good for solo travellers though and when I went on a few with my husband we met several people on their own and they all had a good time.

I'll probably end up cancelling it and just lose the price of the flights.
 

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Rots last holiday alone was a long weekend break in Malaga back at the beginning of 2008. Fairly nervous flyer, so was relived to have had as a fellow passenger (much to my surprise) the massive euro lottery winner from Limerick, on board the Ryan air flight, on both the outward and return flight... never felt safer on a plane ........:rolleyes:
 

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I booked flights and a hotel just a week ago for a few days in August and now having second thoughts. Nothing very exciting just a city break but i've never being away on my own before and to make matters worse have no sense of direction.

I was going to go on one of those bus tour or Travel Department holidays but the single supplement is very high. They are good for solo travellers though and when I went on a few with my husband we met several people on their own and they all had a good time.

I'll probably end up cancelling it and just lose the price of the flights.
Why are you having second thought?
 

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I booked flights and a hotel just a week ago for a few days in August and now having second thoughts. Nothing very exciting just a city break but i've never being away on my own before and to make matters worse have no sense of direction.

I was going to go on one of those bus tour or Travel Department holidays but the single supplement is very high. They are good for solo travellers though and when I went on a few with my husband we met several people on their own and they all had a good time.

I'll probably end up cancelling it and just lose the price of the flights
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Why would you do that? What is the worst that can happen? (OK, before we get the loons in here, you know what I mean) A bit of loneliness? Feeling a bit odd? Vulnerability? Assuming it is a nice civilised place your are heading for, then forget about that, go and just take it as it comes. As for no sense of direction - google maps is your friend. For added comfort, familiarise yourself with the areas around where you are staying using streetview before you go. That will give you confidence on arrival and on your initial wanderings.
 

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Used to travel alone all the time when I was single, including Turkey and Tunisia (and I definitely wouldn't recommend the latter as a solo traveller, and that was long before recent events!). I imagine it's much easier now with being able to book accommodation online so you have some point of contact when you get to your destination. The main problem with travelling alone is attracting hangers-on, particularly on long train journeys. Earphones and Ipod essential!
 

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I travelled all over Europe and S America on my tod, back-pack on my shoulders, as a younger person, and loved every minute of it. You could always hook up with a group and then ditch them if they were annoying. Mejor solo que mal acompanado, as the Spanish say.

I have never taken package holidays of any kind, either by myself or with someone else.

Now this is not to everyones taste, so I think, depending on budget, its often a good idea for solos to have an interest in something specific, rather than just "I wanna see Paris". There are very good firms, I think, from talking to friends, who do things like wine tours of the Alentejo in Portugal or archaelogy in Greece. So you will meet people with a common hobby and that will break the ice.

If you are older, and dont pretend you arent Ger, dont be afraid of going to back-packer hostels - some of them are incredibly nice and the young international kids will be thrilled you are there, and treat you like a cross between a Den Mother and the Lady of the House.
 
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Used to travel alone all the time when I was single, including Turkey and Tunisia (and I definitely wouldn't recommend the latter as a solo traveller, and that was long before recent events!). I imagine it's much easier now with being able to book accommodation online so you have some point of contact when you get to your destination. The main problem with travelling alone is attracting hangers-on, particularly on long train journeys. Earphones and Ipod essential!
Strange that a couple of married women fancy travelling alone.
 


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