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Do You Travel Alone?  
User currently offlinetoby25 From Hong Kong, joined May 2008, 77 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2308 times:


I have just moved to HK and want to take advantage of being in this part of the world. I have always wanted to travel to Singapore and explore the city. However my partner is busy working and I haven’t made many friends here – or friends close enough to go abroad with.

So would you rather travel alone or with someone else? I suppose it’s fun travelling with a friend but then maybe you wouldn’t have the freedom to do what you want (?).

Are there any advantages to travelling alone? – do you prefer it?

Just trying to decide whether to venture out alone or stay back ^^


Seriously dude! I swear!
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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8616 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

I travel a lot on my own and yes, it does have its advantages. For instance, you're completely free to do whatever you want - whether that is sleeping in to get rid of your jet lag or catching that boat at five in the morning. You can find peace and quiet when you want it without being rude by ignoring your travel companion(s), you can spend as much time as you please anywhere you want and you can change plans on a whim - the only one ever affected is you. You are of course on your own when you're travelling alone, but since many other people do the same, you do get to chat.

It may seem daunting at first, but once you've got some experience, it does become natural.

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

I love travelling alone, for the above reasons, and for the fact that you can think for yourself without having to be disturbed by anyone. You can get a deeper "feel" of the places you visit simply because of the total absence of peer pressure.

And when you don't want to be alone anymore, you can always go to a pub/bar/restaurant/shop and talk to the people. I find it is easier to talk to the locals when you're alone then when you're in a group. Groups have a strong tendency to stay together and do everything together. That, you can avoid.

So yes, travelling alone has its advantages. As does travelling with a significant other, a friend, or friendS. Ideally, I would do a bit of all these types of trips along the year.

User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3240 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
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I do travel a lot alone and i enjoy my time. Also used to travel with my two boys and that was fun also.
Lately i am now stuck with traveling with my wife and daughter, a nightmare, they are never ready on time, plans always are changed in the last minute, among other things.
Few years ago i took my wife on a 3 days visit to Rome, well the only thing we saw there were shops, shops and shops.
Never again.

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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1513 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

I travel alone mainly because I have no one to travel with. As others have said...it allows me to set my own pace, go to bed/get up when I want to, etc. I enjoy travelling, but would love to have someone to share it with, be it a friend or a romantic partner.


User currently offlineEY460 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 4):

Same situation here. Travelling alone has a lot of advantages but sometimes it's nice to have someone to share the experience with.

User currently offlineAlex22 From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 71 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

I do love to travel alone too. I used to do it a lot and like it's been said before it's full of advantages. What I like the most is the fact you have tons of time to actually think for yourself, kinda strange but feeling no pressure from somebody else seems to fill me up with positive energy.
I find it actually hard to travel with other people without any problem. My girlfriend is GREAT for traveling with, almost never complains and half a day of shopping is more than enough. we have a deal, half a day of shopping for her = half a day of spotting for me  
I gotta a couple of friends I travel with a lot but there's actually only one of them I would go everywhere with. Always positive guy, agrees to sleep only 1h if needed, likes beer, even when in deep shit finds a way to smile...


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26489 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

I travel alone 80% of the time and love it . Other times I do like company so I have it down to a healthy mix and it works for me .

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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Quoting toby25 (Thread starter):
Just trying to decide whether to venture out alone or stay back

There are advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include being with someone with whom you can share some good times (and who is there should anything go wrong) and you can share the cost of accommodation, etc. The disadvantages are that you may have compromise and do things that you might not want to.

My only suggestion, given that I don't know how long you will be in the region or how long your partner will be unable to travel with you, is do it so that you don't come to resent missed opportunities later.

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6335 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2196 times:

Quoting aloges (Reply 1):
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 8):

Exactly points I would say myself. I did a lot of travelling a couple of months ago. I missed out on things because I was with people for some of it, did things I wanted to do when I wanted by myself but then again missed having company for some of it, someone to help share costs of things like accommodation and someone else to take photos of each other etc. I suppose it depends on what you're into and if you'd enjoy company of others.

It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlineFingerLakerAv8r From United States of America, joined May 2011, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

First things first. After reading all the other above posts we really seem to be a bunch of loaners lol.

As for me I travel for work so I am constantly by myself. Sometimes I look forward to it, other times not so much.

Case in point when I went to DUB this past January I went by myself and loved it because I planned out everything and made decisions when I wanted to. I kinda felt that by being alone I sorta blended in a bit when walking down the streets and no one really paid me much notice. Same thing when I was in YQB. I just walked and obviously didn't talk to myself so no one really even saw me. If I was with co-workers or firends then yeah, obvious tourist since my French is beyond horrid.

On the other side I am going to Vegas next week with a friend (who's pretty much like a sister. The GF is cool with this lol). She's never been before so it will be fun and exciting for her. Plus she will keep me from drinking and gambling the whole time. I've done Vegas alone and didn't really enjoy it but I would do Eurpoe alone any day of the week.

I suppose location is something to consider.

User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8044 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2128 times:

When I was working I traveled extensively on business, but never really spent time doing the tourist bit. After long flights it was more important for me to clear out the jet lag and get ready for meetings.

These days I get to travel with the wife and normally we go strictly as tourists. The rest of the time we take the grandkids, enjoying that experience while we can.

If your partner doesn't mind you taking side trips alone I'd say go for it. Gives you the experiences as well as letting you find places to share later when your partner can travel with you.

User currently offlineasuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

I've travelled alone in the past when I was single. Definitely fun. Definitely different than traveling with my fiance. Sometimes I wish I knew then what I know now. I'd probably get into a bit more trouble.   Not sure which is "better" since she is a pretty good travel companion.

User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2010 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2047 times:

I don't travel alone, it makes me feel insecure and self-conscious. Also I like to share whatever I'm looking at with my girlfriend or whoever I travel with. I should add that I don't find it easy to talk to strangers or locals, say in a bar, so if I don't have a travel companion I usually do stay alone all the time.

However, when I travel on business I actually prefer to travel alone. Having a purpose to travel makes all the difference, I guess. Just for sightseeing I wouldn't like it.

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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1513 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Quoting EY460 (Reply 5):
Same situation here. Travelling alone has a lot of advantages but sometimes it's nice to have someone to share the experience with.

I mean my last trip to Vegas (last month), being alone was a mixed bag in terms of being good/bad....I got sick during the trip, so I had to wait until I felt strong enough to go get some Pepto.


User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6900 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (2 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

Quoting toby25 (Thread starter):
Are there any advantages to travelling alone? – do you prefer it?

Yes, 80-90% of my travel is by myself. I swear by it.

1) You have veto rights on anything you do. No negotiation with friends working out where/when to go, where to stay, where/what to eat etc. No relationship stresses = good holiday.

2) because of point 1, you can act on spur of the moment and not think about how it will affect your companions. If you want to change your mind based on other travellers current experiences (rather than dated Lonely Planet books) you can. If you don't feel like getting out of bed and just blobbing for the day you can do that also. Also when you're low on cash, your friends generally object to the starvation day, just before payday... whereas I'm happy to sleep in train stations and $1 a night rooms to get by.
I was able to budget around $10 a day in South East asia for what I was happy with, whereas I think you naturally spend more when you are with others and visiting places you don't really want to visit, but have to as part of the negotiation with the party to get what you want.

3) You never get sick of traveling with the same person for weeks on end, I meet people, then go travelling with them for a few days, then part ways, then meet new people, part ways and sometimes meet up with them for a drink later in the trip. (I ran into/met up/shared costs with the same traveller in Ho Chi Minh City, Seam Reap and in Bangkok.)
Keep in mind that I am actually very shy and reserved back home, but being by yourself overseas in an unfamiliar place forces you to make the effort if you want human contact.

4) Nobody worries about you or asks annoying questions when you meet a pretty young lady who speaks no English at a New Year's gathering and walk across Caracas back to her apartment and return the next afternoon.
(The flipside is that if it all goes wrong, you could be missing for days/weeks before anyone notices - but not a major disadvantage)

Once you travel by yourself, you will struggle travelling with others in the future. I know I do.

User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6942 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (2 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

I went to Japan and to Spain by myself, and both times it was a relaxing experience being away from my bothersome parents -_- (they are horrible at traveling).

The hint is all about staying alert, and keep moving with the crowd. Don't want to do anything to brash or stupid, eh? haha

Enjoy your trip!

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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1956 times:

I travel quite a bit by myself. Have you considered staying in hostels while you travel? I've found that if I ever feel the need to see a site with someone else, if I'm at a hostel it's usually not that hard to stir up a new friendship and gain a companion or two.

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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5398 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (2 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

Done both! Each has their advantages as others have pointed out. One situation where travelling solo is at an extreme disadvantage: Taking a cruise. Cruise ship bookings are based on double occupancy. They would lose money only charging a single traveler a single rate. Therefore you have to pony up. However if money is no object that is different. When I fly, I like to have me time! Meaning I get into enjoying the flight and views (like many fellow A-Netters) I sometimes will catch some Z's but most of the time I'm on my laptop sometimes using the Internet many other times just writing. For some reason at 36000 feet I get in a creative mood and like to write.

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User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8200 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1939 times:

Quoting toby25 (Thread starter):
Are there any advantages to travelling alone? – do you prefer it?
Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 15):
You have veto rights on anything you do.
Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 15):
because of point 1, you can act on spur of the moment

Well said. Solo travel is a totally different experience. It is a spiritual thing, almost like watching humanity, or exploring the world like it is some enchanted video game.

One time I nonrevved over to Paris for a day or so. It was a f---ing magical snowy day just as an anonymous wanderer. Been to Paris several other times, but that was the best one, because -- although lonely -- the experience was so real.

User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (2 years 6 days ago) and read 1927 times:

I have a 2 year old daughter. So the few occasions I have to travel alone are like absolute luxury!! I mean I love the family trips but you can forget about movies on the plane, reading a book whilst sitting in the lounge, etc!!

I travel for work and often that is alone. The leisure trips that I take alone are usualy to go to watch sporting events. It definitely has it's benefits

User currently onlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11122 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (2 years 6 days ago) and read 1917 times:

I like travelling alone. I end up wandering and find the best restaurants and things to see. Plus, when I travel alone, I take public transit. My partner hates taking buses and trains.

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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5597 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (2 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 18):
One situation where travelling solo is at an extreme disadvantage: Taking a cruise. Cruise ship bookings are based on double occupancy. They would lose money only charging a single traveler a single rate.

I have noticed that as well. However, aren't they chasing away a huge crowd of singles - potential customers who'd like to take a cruise but are not willing to pay double the rate just because they are single at the moment?
Hotels do not charge full rate for a double room when occupied by a single guest and it seems to work just fine.

User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5573 posts, RR: 32
Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

When I was younger I used to almost always travel alone, now I always travel with one or more of my friends. I used to take more holidays than them at the time so it was more a case of having to rather than wanting to. As people above have mentioned, there are advantages to travelling alone, such as doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want, but I'm lucky with my travel companions (maybe it's the reason they ARE my travel companions) in that they are always up for anything (as I would be), so there are never any problems there. And, if there was something I wanted to do on my own, none of them would put their nose out or throw a strop if I wanted to head-off on a solo run for several hours (they'd probably be delighted).

I did have to travel alone on a weekend trip about six years ago when my mate had to cancel at the last minute. I wasn't looking forward to it, but seeing it was only a weekend I stuck with it. It was an interesting experience: I enjoyed it, but there was something missing. The worst part was eating out, particularly in the evenings. Whereas we'd normally take our time over a meal and bottle of wine (or two), and coffee, chatting, recounting the day and usually having a laugh, I was just eating the food and leaving.

So I wouldn't be pushed on travelling alone now (apart from anything else, it's more expensive). I probably would for a weekend, but not for anything longer.

User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

Quoting Flighty (Reply 19):
It is a spiritual thing, almost like watching humanity, or exploring the world like it is some enchanted video game.

This is so true. Couldn't have said it better. Well I tried but failed, ahah.

It's like those movies where you see a person standing there at 1x speed and the world around the person going at 500x speed. There's some kind of an essential freedom in travelling alone. Not caring, or caring less in general, comes to mind as well.

25 Post contains images geezer : I'm almost surely in a totally different "situation" than anyone else on A.net; For over 40 years, I was on the road most of the time; for the last 25
26 Post contains images Rara : I like your writing style - your parentheses always give me the "feeling" that there "may" be some "hidden meaning" somewhere "behind" them.
27 NorthstarBoy : Whether I travel alone or not depends on the circumstances. I would never take either a cruise or a group tour by myself. Those by nature are group ac
28 BA677 : I have travelled alone allot. The best things to avoid are large Hotels that are used by the package holiday crowd and don't eat in restaurants. When
29 AF1624 : Just stay at the bar and buy a pretty girl a drink. Do it with class though - they'll usually find it nice that one guy wants to chat and nothing els
30 zippyjet : I agree! I would have no problem going solo on a cruise. Heck you are put together with others at the dinner table. I've made friends while on them.
31 757MDE : Ditto. Most of my travel has been solo and I am ok with it. I just arrived from Chile where I went with a good friend and it was nice, now I am due t
32 Ps76 : Hi! I have done travelling with my brother and also working abroad when I was younger. These days I travel alone almost all of the time and it is near
33 Flighty : I can agree with you about youth hostels. I always met more interesting people in hotels. Especially when they are the same price. Even as a young la
34 747m8te : Depends really, if its to a country of another culture, then it is always better to share the experience and joys with friends, always makes it more f
35 Post contains images FlyboyOz : I've been travelling alone alot but I would love to travel with my friends. I really hate being alone. It would be good to have friends to travel with
36 nonrevman : I often travel solo, even though I am married and have kids. As the kids get older, this will probably change as I would like to travel with them mor
37 September11 : As for travel by air, I travel alone -- I like to have my way at airports and on airplanes
38 andz : Well there is travelling and there is travelling. In my previous position I used to go out of town, and out of the country, a lot and mostly on my own
39 Post contains links and images ocean773 : I don't mind travelling alone or with someone. 80% of the time I do travel alone and try to make new friends along the way. Safe travels Below is my l
40 jwhite9185 : I just started doing it this year. The most i would do before is travel alone and then meet up with family once i got there. I thought i would get fed
41 Asturias : Almost exclusively, yes. I can't even recall when I travelled with someone the last time. In 1998-ish I think. asturias
42 Post contains images zippyjet : I tend to be a loner in my advancing middle age. Trying to synchronize plans with friends is like herding cats. And at the airport, and on board the
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