What are your thoughts on travelling alone? I recently acquired about $50grand CAD, and want to drop $10-$15 on travelling Europe. I'm from Canada, and I have a sister who lives in London England.
I have no one to travel with, because my friends all have real jobs or school.
Is travelling alone a lonely experience? What is some advice for travelling alone?
How did you acquire all that money? Sounds like a good idea anyway, but there are about five of these threads a week. Read around.
tldr: traveling is what you make of it. If you're lonely at home you'll probably be lonely on the road. There's added freedom, but no you won't have immediate companionship wherever you go. The general feedback is to choose your hostels wisely, be outgoing, and you'll come across people going where you are. Unless you're content to be very isolated, this is the best practice, and you get the best of the freedom and of companionship, with the added benefit of having friends and acquaintances from all over the world.
there are benefits and drawbacks.
personally i travelled europe with my gf for 6 months, we'd been together for three years and we were amazing travel companions. having a shared experience either with a lover or a mate can be bonding or a disaster. for us it really worked and we both tried different things we wouldnt have done without the others suggestion. this didnt mean we were always together though, sometimes we would go places individually and being alone and independant is a freedom.
being alone can force you to explore and interact with other people. if you cant put yourself out to make a human connection you are going to get lonely so consider your own personality and decide if you are a (sometimes) people person. being alone means there are no rules to when and where you travel or who you travel with. meet people in a backpackers? change direction and see where life takes you.
where ever you travel and whoever its with, just remember there is no certainty in any decision and the true destination of travel is home. if you can be comfortable for the day in the place you are in with the company you have of the day, then you are traveling right.
Just get your sister to reserve the hostels in advance+keep your money on you at all time + passport(something more discreet Than a money pack) and you should be fine. I went all around Western Europe by myself and it doesn't get lonely if you talk to people in your hostel. I had company anytime I wanted it and I could always get people to invite me along. I don't really trust the lockers either. get one bag for your larger items and clothes and one to carry along with you+sleep on top of.
I think it's the best way to travel. You get lonely, but you learn to appreciate quiet and being on your own. You learn independence and self-reliance. And with all the technology there is today and the fact that English is so widely-spoken, you'll never truly be alone or without some sort of life line.
Consider getting a folding bicycle. It'll let you travel long distances on your own, but also hop on and off of trains and planes without too many headaches.
I did 5 weeks in Japan by myself by bicycle and stayed many days in a tent. Definitely recommended! You can throw up a tent in any city park after dark, as long as you dont make a mess or make yourself a spectacle. People walking their dogs in the morning often brought me bread or juice :) Definitely recommended you travel alone.
Where in canada do you live.
Me and a few friends from sask were supposed to be going to europe feb-may. They backed out and im still going alone.
Pumped for it if anything. Total freedom and your forced to meet newfags.
What area of Europe where you planning to do
This is me. Traveled early in the year, added like 10 people to facebook, 9 months of living back home, added no one, went on a 5 day trip last week and added 2 people :/
I don't know what it is any more. I don't know how to explain this to myself.
I want to find some cool guys or girls to travel with me in Japan, but I feel like I will automatically be unapproachable, not matter how I act.
The thought of making friends makes me really happy though.
i used to be that way, at least in my case where i was living was a shithole. now i live in a place i actually like, it can work wonders on your outlook on everything. at least thats what i tell myself, but i am way more popular AKA i shun my new friends and stay in my house here. as opposed to staying in my old house and having no one call me to go out every day. idk if this makes sense im fried
its the only way i want to travel man. you don't have to worry about what others want to do or their time schedules or their annoying habits
however travelling alone forces you to plan and take more things into consideration because the only one accountable will be you. if you're lost, or without a phone or internet, or money or ID or anything, good luck pal. but overall theres a sense of accomplishment in that, if you can make it all work.
>its the only way i want to travel man
People need to stop fucking saying this. I realize 4chan attracts the type of people that might prefer solo travel, but making a statement like that is misleading. Not everyone is equipped to enjoy traveling by themselves, even if you consider yourself an introvert or lone wolf or something.
I've always traveled alone. I made sure to get to know the other people at the hostel though, especially the ones arriving on the same day, and we'd go exploring.
You will want some time on your own though, and after, you will want to meet up with new people.
I think travelling by yourself is more suited to extraverts. most shy people need the support of a friends whereas if you're outgoing you are to forced into meeting so many people when solo.
What are some good places to travel to alone if you have never done that before?
I'm taking a year off so I feel like now would be a great time for traveling
It depends on how confident/independent the person is, not on introversion/extroversion IMO. It can be great or it can be a disaster. It depends on the person and mostly you take a risk, because it's difficult to tell how you're going to react in 'that' situation, the one that tests you and lets you see your limits and understand your character or whatever, the one people are always talking about. They say that that's one of the big benefits of it, and it's a benefit because it's not always possible to get it at home, so just go out and do it. Worst comes to the worst, you learn you prefer to travel with people.
>It depends on the person
Right, which is exactly my point. People on this board will ALWAYS recommend traveling alone by saying that it's "objectively better" or "a learning experience" or some other bullshit. As if it's impossible to understand that someone might not be equipped to do it and might waste thousands of dollars to get somewhere and be miserable. It's just shitty advice.
>Worst comes to the worst
Nah m8, worst comes to worst you're stuck in a thirdworld shithole lonely and miserable have plunked a ton of money down the toilet. Don't understate how awful it can be to make a mistake when traveling to people looking for information.
You have to be really weak minded to be miserable traveling alone. The only justifiable excuse would be for girls not wanting to travel alone for safety reasons. You're also exaggerating about how much of a commitment it is to travel alone as compared to with others. It's not some amazing experience to travel alone, it doesn't make you a man. If you have no one to go with, you think it's better to sit at home and cry about not being able to travel? Only on 4chan do people see solo travel as being something negative.
On top of that it's very difficult these days to be anywhere alone. You go watch the sunrise at some hidden spot far away from civilization only to realize there's 15 people already there with their 200-700mm lenses snapping photos before you even fully woke up. It's so incredibly easy to meet people in hostels to spend the day traveling with that you really never have to go anywhere alone on your solo travels.
And if you say that you're afraid of getting stuck in some third world shithole because you can't muster up the courage to ask for directions, maybe you should stick to going to resorts where everything is catered to you.
I would go to south east asia.
1. It is cheap there, so you can stay for a awhile
2. You can probably land a job from what I have been reading even if you don't have a college degree.
But I would go anywhere if someone was paying for me.
Even the middle east. [just not the war zones... Why would anyone honestly want to go to the middle east?]
>2. You can probably land a job from what I have been reading even if you don't have a college degree.
please elaborate anon
what kind of job?
where exactly would you go?
what would you do?
i need inspiration
Mostly English teaching.
It's not glamorous, and no one really cares about you, but it pays and keeps you in whatever country.
One main place would be China, I have always been fascinated by the culture [plus it is cheaper than a place like Japan or korea].
Than probably thailand for the partying/job [I would try to land one in China as well, but China is a little better from what I read at catching people if they are there illegally. I would probably get a fake diploma from a diploma mill so it looks like I have college education].
>Only on 4chan do people see solo travel as being something negative.
I never said it was negative, I said it wasn't objectively better you ignorant strawmanning faggot
>You have to be really weak minded to be miserable traveling alone
Are you fucking serious? How about people that are just naturally reticent and have trouble meeting other people but don't enjoy being alone? How about people that are young and aren't fully self-reliant yet? I'm not sure if you think you're trolling or genuinely believe the elitist garbage you're spewing, but you're basically shitposting this point.
>And if you say that you're afraid of getting stuck in some third world shithole because you can't muster up the courage to ask for directions
>thinking it's just a matter of "asking for directions" to get back to your home country
Typical "my experiences speak for everyone" infantile asshole. It's also hilarious that you advocate both travelling alone and meeting people at hostiles to travel with in the same sentence.
How many people do you know that have trouble meeting people yet are constantly surrounded by friends?
I can tell you that's it's almost the exact opposite when you travel. I have a hard time making friends at home but every time I travel I seem to be adding a bunch of people on facebook and actually staying in touch with them. I'm just saying it's super easy to meet people if that's what you're worried about being alone. On the other hand if you do want to be alone, you can at any time really.
>How about people that are young and aren't fully self-reliant yet?
That's a good way to become self-reliant. You want to remain being pampered by your mom your whole life, that's your problem. I work in a university and the amount of students who are in their 20s that still require their mother to do all their hard work for them is hilarious to me. Maybe people should travel when they're young so they develop some sort of a back bone, otherwise they go through life constantly being scared of something. And on another note, who are those non-self-reliant people going to travel with? Likely other people in their age group who are also not self-reliant. So what difference does it make if they're alone or not?
>Typical "my experiences speak for everyone" infantile asshole.
Sounds like you wish you could muster up the courage to travel alone but are too afraid of leaving your basement. It's ok, I'll enjoy the way I travel and you enjoy your...spider webs? hard drives of porn? your moms freshly baked pizza pockets?...
Mind if I use this thread, OP?
I want to travel to Europe too, alone. Problems is I live a continent away and I've never ever flown on my own before.
What's some advice to avoid common and potentially huge mistakes?
Take some time off work, stay in your own city and do exactly what you would do if you were on vacation somewhere else. Go to pubs, meet people, etc.
Chances are you arent meeting random new friends etc because (naturally) at home you have a daily routine where you encounter the same people everyday. Take a vacation in your town and you will meet people.
My experience of travelling alone is very positive. I meet other people (either when hitch-hiking, or just walking) and I talk with them. I mostly listen - peoples' lives are interesting and can give you perspective not only on your own life, but also on much broader areas. In doing this, you are able to enjoy the time to yourself, but not always be lonely.
>your mums freshly baked pizza pockets
Fucking kek'd XD
Have a goal while traveling. Have a reason why you're traveling. If you're just moving to move and look at new bullshit, you'll quickly get tired physically, because you'll realize that bullshit is bullshit wherever you go. Beauty is beauty. Shit is shit. If your goal is to meet new people and meld into people's lives for a bit and discover Humanity, that's a reason, so go do that. If you want to venture off to a particular off-the-path location, like a Monastery or a cemetary, or you want to hike to a particular place, go do that. But have a goal. Otherwise you're going to subconsciously going to get tired of the shit real quick and it's going to bring down your entire mood, and you'll start wondering if you shouldn't just buy a plane ticket to get back home and get a job.