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 Micheal1955
Joined: 5/1/2006
Msg: 51
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That's great you travel on your own. I just got back a week ago from Clermont,Fl which is 6 miles from Disney World. I did it by myself. I rent a car and went about the city. Sometimes Girlfriends or male friends not able to go as you can. Make yourself a travel plan each year and go. I travel by myself most of the time. I always have a good experiences when traveling around the USA. Keep in touch and stay safe.
 SuperFunGuy
Joined: 8/3/2006
Msg: 52
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Posted: 8/3/2012 11:33:08 AM
Been there and done that. And it's fun. You feel independant and you can travel around freely. Mind that, I always love travelling someone else. Just makes travelling more memorable. Travelling alone, all depends where you go, you will always been nice people. Like if anyone had a choice of Mexico or Hawaii alone. I'd choose Hawaii over Mexico, For one, its a lot safer to travel there.
 Sciencetreker
Joined: 2/13/2012
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Posted: 8/3/2012 12:33:12 PM

Like if anyone had a choice of Mexico or Hawaii alone. I'd choose Hawaii over Mexico,


Not to quibble but that's apples and oranges. Mexico is a huge country with great diversity and hundreds of individual desitinations. Butte, Montana isn't Miami, Florida...it's the same with Mexico....areas arecompletely different fron eachother including crime rates, etc.
 soicat
Joined: 7/16/2012
Msg: 54
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Posted: 8/8/2012 12:14:28 PM

Thailand is the best.


Thailand is a wonderful country, and an excellent destination for solo travellers, male or female as it's very safe, Thai people are very friendly, and there is lots of stuff to do. I always feel like crying when I leave the Kingdom. Pom rak muang Thai mak mak, krup.
 Spring_weather
Joined: 5/20/2011
Msg: 55
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Posted: 8/14/2012 4:18:56 PM
how about going to Hollywood, or Los Angeles, or Las Vegas- how are they solo, and for women going alone the safety precautions with that?
 Sciencetreker
Joined: 2/13/2012
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Posted: 8/14/2012 5:53:06 PM
Nova Scotia..I'll let others comment on LA but Las Vegas is about as safe a destination as there is in the USA if you stick to Glitter Gultch, the Strip, in the Casinos, etc. Security and cameras everywhere. I lived north of Las Vegas for six months and we'd drive down to the city at night in the summer and walk around at 3am...lots of people mingling about. Lots of single women. Women in groups of all ages. Yes, there are some weird characters but more eccentric.. but not the threatening type. Also nice hikes in the area...Valley of fire etc.

Las Vegas is just 'fun'. Total over the top schlock. Where else can you see a pyramid next to a castle across from the Eifel tower? Totally ridiculous in a good way. i like to walk and people watch. I don't even gamble.
 Spring_weather
Joined: 5/20/2011
Msg: 57
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Posted: 8/15/2012 11:25:42 AM
Hi, thank you for bringing up the places to visit in Vegas.. What is the Glitter Gultch, never heard of it?

Also, I want to travel without having to think: "' what if" all the time.. Also California, might be good if I can find a travel deal..
 Sciencetreker
Joined: 2/13/2012
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Posted: 8/15/2012 4:30:49 PM
Glitter Gulch is 'downtown' LV. the Golden Nugget, etc. These days it's a street covered by a giant dome that is a big video screen...hard to describe but you can see youtube videos of it.

Anyways, no need to worry about running out of things to see in Las Vegas....what's not to like about a Venetian square, then visit Caesar's Palace...New York, New York....a bazillion fountains at the Bellagio, etc. All 'crazy' and all within walking distance . Totally silly but fun. Also my girlfriend is nuts over the high end boutiques...Prada, Chanel, etc. We went into Tiffany's (sp?) and I took a photo of her wearing a 1.21 million dollar necklace ...then in Prada posing with handbags, etc. Just a good time.
 tuloa942
Joined: 8/8/2012
Msg: 59
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Posted: 8/15/2012 7:46:17 PM
I'm late to this party but wanted to share. I would travel anywhere around the US, Canada, England and Australia by myself with no qualms. I would research everywhere I wanted to go and try to stay away from areas that would not be safe. For instance, there are places in large cities where you might not want to go. As far as being in nature by yourself, learn about the area and take the proper precautions such as making sure you have enough water, fuel for your car, etc.

I did go to Australia when I was 55 years old and spent two weeks with friends but I also spent two weeks by myself in a camper driving from Sydney to the center of the continent and back. It was the best thing I've ever done by myself. I did a lot of research before I went so I familiarized myself with where I wanted to go and what I wanted to see. There was only one time I didn't feel safe and that was in a campground I was going to stay at. I trusted my instincts and didn't stay there but drove further and stayed at a rest area along the road instead. I found out later that the campground where I was going to stay had had problems with the some of the nastier town residents breaking into campers. So, trust your gut feelings.

As far as visiting countries where they don't speak English, I would prefer to go WITH someone especially if visiting spots away from the usual tourist spots. In Mexico, I was able to see a lot more of the non-traditional tourist sites because I was with someone who spoke enough Spanish to get by. Certain places I would like to visit, I would go with a tour. China, Africa, etc.

Well, that was more than 2 cents worth. Oh well.
 Spring_weather
Joined: 5/20/2011
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Posted: 8/24/2012 6:58:34 AM
sounds like you have done alot of travelling/ I need to get out of my comfort zone alot. I want to go to the United States, California, Nevada, Florida..

Have to get a passport, and more money and then get more courage probably, not to want to have a companion and go it alone on a journey!
 Sciencetreker
Joined: 2/13/2012
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Posted: 8/24/2012 4:06:34 PM
Ya, great rates. Sunday to Thursday you can pop down to Laughlin.NV and get a 5 star room for $25 a night. If staying in LV, then keep checking Expedia and a really nice room is usually available for under $50 a mile or so from the Strip.

If possible. plan your stay in LV during the weekdays and and avoid going when the biggy conventions are on. the difference can by a third the price of a room and half the price for a car rental.

It's similar going to Maui, Cuba etc. A week difference can mean half the price in airfare and accomodation. Maui and Cuba are full of Canadian families going when their kids are out of school during winter break. A week either side can mean a total vacation with airfare costing $1200 for a week instead of $2500.
 americaninbeijing
Joined: 10/30/2011
Msg: 62
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Posted: 8/29/2012 4:06:29 PM
i just traveled 70 countries mostly by mself.. it is more fun with a wonderful woman though
 Quixotic_sometimes
Joined: 9/16/2012
Msg: 63
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Posted: 9/23/2012 2:18:49 PM
Love travelling solo. It's a nice chance to just be on your own and soak things up in your own way. You call all the shots, you're completely in control of your adventure ;).

But there is something to be said about travelling when it's done with the right companions :)

Quix
 red smarties
Joined: 8/26/2008
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Posted: 10/13/2012 11:30:44 AM
I've been travelling solo for years, and I've been to Italy twice alone with Rome being the favourite spot for me. Sooo much history that I can't get enough. in 2010 I visited London and Paris, and I am considering going back next summer to do four days in London and then taking the train across the English Channel again for a four day stay in Paris. These are all great places to discover solo, and not once did I feel unsafe. Most staff at hotels and restaurants and tourist places in each of these cities speak English, but I had no problem as I speak fluent French and Italian . Just get yourself a good guide book and away you go. If you want to stick to the US, I've been to NYC four times solo, and had a blast. Vegas works too.
 DragonBits
Joined: 1/6/2012
Msg: 65
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Posted: 10/19/2012 2:25:37 PM
I don't like to pay (as in a vacation) to travel solo.

I have done a lot of solo traveling for business, and not the typical business traveling where you are there a few days and leave. I was in different cities for a month and many times go back for another month, so it's a little like I live there after a few weeks. I liked it, expense account, nice hotel, rental car, work 8 + hours, see the sites, maybe date someone locally. Maybe drive out of the state for the weekend, pretty much do whatever struck my fancy.

But I don't care for pleasure travel solo, and there is no reason to do that regardless even if you are single.

If you are single, sign onto a dating site in the area you are wanting to visit, and arrange some dates ahead of time.

You can get a tour of the area by a romantic partner, it's a great way to really get to know the natives where ever you want to go.
 pofme7
Joined: 6/5/2012
Msg: 66
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Posted: 10/19/2012 10:45:45 PM
Hi there,

If you're looking for a great and unique experience go to Costa Rica!... cheap flights...friendly people...ZERO Issues with stuff that's happening around other countries and last but not least.. beautiful weather and tons of fun,safe stuff to do.
Let me know and I'll guide you in the right direction :)

Michael
 Spring_weather
Joined: 5/20/2011
Msg: 67
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Posted: 11/11/2012 6:55:21 AM
I want to travel to California,. Now that would be fabulous!! -
 fefe1234
Joined: 2/25/2009
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Posted: 11/20/2012 12:46:49 PM
sure why not i go all the time by my self i love it you get to meet all kinds of people i have a great time you should try it some time
 ren4u
Joined: 6/14/2009
Msg: 69
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Posted: 11/21/2012 11:12:01 PM
traveling solo is boring, i went to vegas recently......and it was too boring.....i rescheduled the flight and came back early
 Spring_weather
Joined: 5/20/2011
Msg: 70
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Posted: 11/22/2012 6:22:11 AM
I thought that Las Vegas would be exciting for a young man to go there' I would go alone, but wary about travelling there. if being bored was the biggest trouble, I wouldn't worry. it's wondering how safe it is going there alone..

I'd like to see California, Florida and Nevada of course!
 lunarossa05
Joined: 12/13/2012
Msg: 71
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Posted: 12/16/2012 1:56:55 PM
I am in the travel industry as well. I have traveled by myself several times. India, Nepal, Turkey , Italy...
It is a good way to meet interesting people, do whatever you want , whenever you like. A good site to check out: " airbnb" . I do not care for staying at youth hostels any more but you might want to check that site out . You can either rent a room , and they range from luxurious to basic, or rent out an apt.
Don't wait on anyone to go explore the world ! Happy travels !
 anjelique80
Joined: 4/25/2011
Msg: 72
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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:37:58 PM
Traveling solo is hit or miss, I have done a cruise solo and it got boring. I just did a contiki tour with younger travelers solo and it was absolutely amazing and nice because you can still do things by yourself but have company if you don't want to go to the bars alone.

Many people do Southeast Asia alone and backpack, it's quite safe and there is a bit of a set route that most people travel so you meet many fellow travelers along the way. New Zealand is also another good one to go solo (I just did that one and it is very safe)

Ultimately it is where ever you want to go, you can make the most of it with a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. Don't be afraid to just go out and put a smile on your face so people will want to talk to you and have interesting conversations!
 LolaEasen
Joined: 11/7/2012
Msg: 73
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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:10:23 PM
I say do it! When I was in my freshman year of college I took a college course in the summer that went abroad. There were 32 of us that went to South America to study for 3 weeks. The last week we could do what we wanted, travel, stay put, stay in a fancy hotel... I decided to branch off on my own and go to a local city. I learned more about myself in that week being alone in another country than any other time in my life. Be brave and enjoy yourself :)
 aussiesealady
Joined: 11/10/2011
Msg: 74
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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:36:04 AM
I have travelled solo and found the most interesting to be when I am exploring.
Driving around, going to interesting places, talking to people.
Certainly I have met more locals than when I have a travelling companion.
Also no arguments about itinerary.

Accomodation:
The loneliest places have been 5 star hotels and resorts.
The friendliest have been caravan parks, tent sites, little country pubs- the smaller the town the friendlier the pub - one pub towns are best, backpackers - the ones that are a little more boutique - the bigger ones tend to have jelly wrestling and lots and lots of people to a room. Not my style.
In country pubs I have had the publican choose a dining companion for me - a local man who was also dining alone - that was a hoot.
And put me on a table for a Trivia night - also a hoot.

I will say I have chosen to travel solo within Australia and also going to Hawaii.
Being able to converse in my own language and understand the culture and laws for me was essential.
I am not sure I would travel to a country where I could not converse, alone. Personal security and all that.

Eating:
I would just walk up to someone else who was on their own and ask if I could join them. Both men and women.
Have made great friends that way.

My sister travels to lots of exciting places on adventure tours.
I prefer to have more control of where and what... but she certainly has done more exciting things.
 venusenvy777
Joined: 11/19/2008
Msg: 75
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Posted: 1/12/2013 5:15:28 PM
The last solo trip I took I traveled to Mexico and stayed for 7 years alone...It was awesome! I believe travel promotes understanding and world peace...
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