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peppai peppai

Xlokk, Xlokk Malta

Travelling solo
I'm thinking of travelling solo some time during 2016, probably to some place in Europe but am slightly hesitant as this would be my first time. Any one who has travelled solo and would like to share their experience?
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Malfidus Malfidus

Antwerp, Antwerpen Belgium

Re: Travelling solo
peppai: I'm thinking of travelling solo some time during 2016, probably to some place in Europe but am slightly hesitant as this would be my first time. Any one who has travelled solo and would like to share their experience?


I have done it quit several times when I was younger and even now I do it But...at the moment (not the period of the year)I would be carefull were I should travel to. The countries who are daily on the news dealing with
the refugee crisis I would left aside. As a women you are more vulnerable
as a men.You should chose for the best an organised trip by an travel agency.
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Tulefell Tulefell

Gothenburg, Vastra Gotaland Sweden

Re: Travelling solo
Yes, a travel agency is the best choice if you go to a foreign country for the first time. It may limit your options on one side, but it would provide a certain degree of security on the other. (And I'm sad to say, but you'd need some protection, at least in a form of advice, as a (female) tourist in a number of European countries nowadays.)

Another option: visiting your friend, who can guide and help you in everyday situations (as shopping, using collective transportation to and from museums, theatres... and the like).

And it would very wise of you to gather as much information about the place you plan to visit as possible and, of course, check your consulate advise (they usually have an official internet site).

Better safe than sorry wave
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peppai peppai

Xlokk, Xlokk Malta

Re: Travelling solo
Malfidus: I have done it quit several times when I was younger and even now I do it But...at the moment (not the period of the year)I would be carefull were I should travel to. The countries who are daily on the news dealing with
the refugee crisis I would left aside. As a women you are more vulnerable
as a men.You should chose for the best an organised trip by an travel agency.


Thanks for the advice. I was thinking along the same lines but thought that perhaps I was blowing everything out of proportion. I will definitely reconsider.
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peppai peppai

Xlokk, Xlokk Malta

Re: Travelling solo
Tulefell: Yes, a travel agency is the best choice if you go to a foreign country for the first time. It may limit your options on one side, but it would provide a certain degree of security on the other. (And I'm sad to say, but you'd need some protection, at least in a form of advice, as a (female) tourist in a number of European countries nowadays.)

Another option: visiting your friend, who can guide and help you in everyday situations (as shopping, using collective transportation to and from museums, theatres... and the like).

And it would very wise of you to gather as much information about the place you plan to visit as possible and, of course, check your consulate advise (they usually have an official internet site).

Better safe than sorry


Yes, better safe than sorry....you hear so many horror stories today! Thanks for the advise.
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lemonsieur lemonsieur

samos, North Aegean Greece

Re: Travelling solo
hello , i hope i'm not trolling, but my 2bits because i do extreme travel once every so often.... i will have to disagree with previous posters. i think the ontological beginning of your travel has everything to do with what you expect of it.... and you must acount for that... (it is not always perfect). if you travel for existential reasons be ready to have your face slapped existentially.... if you travel just to travel then you only need your backpack, and i suppose somewhere to return to...but this return becomes a serious issue....in my travels i have become homeless and stupid, but i ended dealing with the issues that where bothering me in the first place.....even though i ended losing quite a bit of self respect sleeping on the floor or under a tree...nowadays i cant keep doing this, but, i would suggest rethinking WHY you need to travel, and customize smth around that.

happy new year
i
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peppai peppai

Xlokk, Xlokk Malta

Re: Travelling solo
lemonsieur: hello , i hope i'm not trolling, but my 2bits because i do extreme travel once every so often.... i will have to disagree with previous posters. i think the ontological beginning of your travel has everything to do with what you expect of it.... and you must acount for that... (it is not always perfect). if you travel for existential reasons be ready to have your face slapped existentially.... if you travel just to travel then you only need your backpack, and i suppose somewhere to return to...but this return becomes a serious issue....in my travels i have become homeless and stupid, but i ended dealing with the issues that where bothering me in the first place.....even though i ended losing quite a bit of self respect sleeping on the floor or under a tree...nowadays i cant keep doing this, but, i would suggest rethinking WHY you need to travel, and customize smth around that.

happy new year
i


Thanks for sharing.......I was not thinking of anything extreme, a couple of days exploring the countryside, away from it all, but always with a base to return to.
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tulinehammoud tulinehammoud

florence, Tuscany Italy

Re: Travelling solo
well it depends where you choose to go I just came back from Vienna Austria you can walk as u like there and everything is close ..I felt safe and it was a pleasure even alone . It would be different for Paris or Rome . Barcelona is also a good country to go by yourself small and easy ! ..........what a life why are most people alone ! i thought it was just me ! :) good luck .
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JoJo8591

Sliema, Majjistral Malta

Re: Travelling solo
Peppa, I have often travelled on my own, it just depends where you choose to go. I found for example, that in Italy while its fine, the evenings are a bit of a problem as seeing a woman on her own, the guys seem to think i am there to be picked up.In Paris, all was okay but its a romantic city and a bit depressing in the evenings, with today's current situation, I wouldn't recommend it though. I found it enjoyable both day and night in Athens, and also in Amsterdam.

I have on occasion also joined Solo's - its a bit more expensive, but guarantees you company should you want it, especially in the evening.

Personally, I am aiming to check out 'tours' and see what gives, I was told that i do not need to join wherever they go during the day, as they tend to be quite hectic.

The only problem, as I see it is that as us singles we are charged more which i think is unfair, but there you go, hope this helps. xx
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sevenseas sevenseas

St Julians, Majjistral Malta

Re: Travelling solo
peppai: I'm thinking of travelling solo some time during 2016, probably to some place in Europe but am slightly hesitant as this would be my first time. Any one who has travelled solo and would like to share their experience?
Traveling alone is fun.You meet a lot of people that you probably would have met if traveled with someone.
Just use common sence and you'll be fine.
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yubba yubba

Zelzate, Oost Vlaanderen Belgium

Re: Travelling solo
peppai: I'm thinking of travelling solo some time during 2016, probably to some place in Europe but am slightly hesitant as this would be my first time. Any one who has travelled solo and would like to share their experience?



Don't.
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kaetchenvonhn kaetchenvonhn

Neckarsulm, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

Re: Travelling solo
peppai: I'm thinking of travelling solo some time during 2016, probably to some place in Europe but am slightly hesitant as this would be my first time. Any one who has travelled solo and would like to share their experience?


If you are slightly hesitant traveling alone, then find someone to travel with you. That way you can probably share the cost and would not be charged extra if you want to book your accommodation through agency.

If you decide going alone, better to organize everything yourself without travel agency and to inform your family members or friends where you are going to go and where you will stay so they can keep checking on you to make sure that you are safe.

I would suggest Switzerland and Austria if you want to enjoy country side with breathtaking-views.
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Adrenaline

Vilar Fermoso, Guarda Portugal

Re: Travelling solo
peppai: I'm thinking of travelling solo some time during 2016, probably to some place in Europe but am slightly hesitant as this would be my first time. Any one who has travelled solo and would like to share their experience?

Peppai, I think that traveling by yourself vs with an organized group or agency is what makes the difference between the "pilgrim" seeking to experience the new and the mainstream tourists looking for some repetitive fun.
Especially if you plan to travel to shortly. It's enough that you don't have time to take the pulse of a place (which starts above a few weeks). At least one should grasp the novelty of a place without the uproar of guides, planned departures and the hum of fellow tourists.
If you are tolerant to "inmate" type accommodation, you can book some place in a hostel and this way you will be exposed to a lot of people and find more info on the area (or other areas, there are people from all corners of the world in a hostel). Usually, word of mouth in the local areas you are interested in is the best. Also, if you like camping/caravaning, the options are broad, France, England, the Scandinavian states. If you go in bigger towns, you should avoid by all means the bank holidays. I have seen someone commenting Vienna here. With all due respect, I consider it's safer in the country side of the mid Nord Pas de Calais region for example, than inside Vienna. Other cool thing could be going on bike. Germany and France are very bike friendly. If you have any exact places in mind, send me a message, if I have info about it, I will let you know.
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Thatsmyrealname Thatsmyrealname

Germany, Schleswig-Holstein Germany

Re: Travelling solo
I would never travel solo again. loneliness during Holiday when every one else Looks happy together is terrible terrible feeling
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kaetchenvonhn kaetchenvonhn

Neckarsulm, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany

Re: Travelling solo
Thatsmyrealname: I would never travel solo again. loneliness during Holiday when every one else Looks happy together is terrible terrible feeling


That's why tour offers in Germany most likely designed minimum for 2 persons and singles sometimes are charged more for accommodation fee laugh

comfort
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foxdisk foxdisk

Helsingør, Staden Kobenhavn Denmark

Re: Travelling solo
I have traveled alone many times, especially to the glorious little country in the middle of the Mediterranean called Malta - at least 25 times, and I would do it again!
- What exactly do you want to know about traveling alone? - Do you have any concerns?
I would for example not travel to the turmoil-ridden areas or near war zones
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foxdisk foxdisk

Helsingør, Staden Kobenhavn Denmark

Re: Travelling solo
I have traveled alone many times, especially to the glorious little country in the middle of the Mediterranean called Malta - at least 25 times, and I would do it again!
- What exactly do you want to know about traveling alone? - Do you have any concerns?
I would for example not travel to the turmoil-ridden areas or near war zones
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