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Do You Travel Alone?

Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:52 am

Hello

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 ^^

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Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:20 am

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.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:30 am

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.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:30 am

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.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:39 am

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.

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Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:50 am

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.
 
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:54 am

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...

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Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:37 am

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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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:47 am

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.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:04 pm

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.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:44 pm

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.
 
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:58 pm

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.
 
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:06 pm

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.
 
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Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:23 pm

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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Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:40 pm

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.

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:34 am

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.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:39 am

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

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:12 am

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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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:28 am

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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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:30 am

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.
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:19 am

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
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:34 am

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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Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:30 am

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.
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:47 am

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.
 
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:27 am

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.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:33 am

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 years I worked, I hauled new cars all over the U.S. and because cars take up so much space on a car carrier, there is no room for a sleeper cab, so the company sets up charge accounts with hotel chains, and you get to sleep in a real bed every night, rather than a damn sleeper cab. Hotels have big advantages,and a few "disadvantages".

Almost all big motels have live music, and as we all know, live music "draws" women from hither and yon ! And a lot of them are not "in any hurry" to rush home after the bar / music shuts down; the disadvantage of this is, if you are "into" earning maximum bucks, you do do that by getting up at 4 AM, and getting 600 miles down the road before you go back to bed; that's hard to do if you spend 3 or 4 hours "entertaining company" before going to sleep at 3 or 4 AM ! (That usually causes sleeping till 11 AM, so you don't get so far that day ! Anyway, all of that came to a screeching halt in 1997 when I retired from working. I did some serious traveling around the U.S. for a year or so, but after a while, the then wife and I decided to go our separate ways; partly because we owned about 5 houses at the time, we didn't get divorced; I stayed in the original house, (which I liked back then), and she moved into another house, about 6 miles away; That lasted about a year, until i got incredibly lucky one day, and "bumped into" this lady on of all places, the internet ! (She lived 200 miles away, so I wasn't worried about "getting involved" 
for almost a year, it was no problem, as she is extremely intelligent, is loads of fun to communicate with, and we had a lovely time just "communicating"; but as always seems to happen, we both finally became "curious", and I drove the 200 miles to visit her; it's now 10 years later, and I'm still "here" ! We have been engaged for about 9 years now, and after a suitable time to "get acquainted", we have finally decided to change her last name to mine, this coming December 23. I haven't checked yet to see what day of the week the 23rd falls on yet, but it's of no importance anyway, as it's going to be a very brief "ceremony".


To answer to the OP's original question, I very seldom travel very far without Miss Arlie; she likes to go to Vegas a couple of times a year, so she usually flies out with her lady friend, and they have a ball playing the slots for 3 or 4 days, then it's back to IND to meet the plane and bring them back home. I only like to go to Vegas about once every 2 or 3 years; and even then, we seldom stay in Vegas, other than to sleep.

We love to go to Florida together; the only problem there is, I'm very much "into" nature, and I am fond of poking around in a big swamp, photographing the birds, alligators, snakes, and the "flora"; Miss Arlie is NOT into getting more than two feet from the truck, because she's deathly afraid of wild creatures ! I know of this gravel "trail" in the Everglades where you can see 100 alligators in 5 miles; they're laying all over the place ! At one wide spot, I stopped and got out to photograph a beautiful white Ibis, and there were 3 or 4 alligators lying near by; one was much bigger than the rest.........about 8 or 9 feet; I got some nice close ups of him / her, ( you gotta turn 'em over to tell the difference), and for some reason, I decided to grab his tail and see what he would do; Miss Arlie has her camera ready, only she's not concentrating on getting the shot, she's worried about the big alligator trying to eat me ! (I should probably mention, I have been around all manner of alligators, crocodiles, and snakes for years and years, and I'm pretty confident in my "ability" to deal with them safely; ) anyway, when I grabbed the alligators tail, he IMMEDIATELY decided to jump into the water; I had a VERY firm grip on his tail though, so he's in 4 wheel drive, trying to get traction with all four feet, kicking up sand all over the place, and it was all I could do to hold my ground; I should probably mention here, I strongly advise anyone reading this, DO NOT, under any circumstances, ever attempt to grab even a 3 ft alligator by the tail; if it's a 6 or 7 footer, DON"T get closer than 15 feet or so; if he's as big as this one was,........stay in the truck ! Alligators may look sluggish and slow, because they only move fast when they are trying to catch something they want to eat; at which point, they are about as "slow" as a mongoose ! Anyway, Miss Arlie gets all excited, snaps the damned shutter, and get's everything but my head in the shot ! In retrospect, I should never have done what I did, with that big of an alligator;

I may drive to Cincinnati for a day or two to cut a tree down for my ex, or visit my daughters, but other than that, where ever I go, Miss Arlie is with me. And December 23rd.............it's my 80th birthday, and how many guys have you known that get hitched on their 80th birthday ?

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Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:36 am

Quoting geezer (Reply 25):
She lived 200 miles away, so I wasn't worried about "getting involved"

I like your writing style - your parentheses always give me the "feeling" that there "may" be some "hidden meaning" somewhere "behind" them.  
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:46 am

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 activities, so, if I'm not with someone, feel like I stick out and draw attention to myself, something I never like to do. I much prefer to fly "under the radar" and hope nobody notices me. Plus, dining by myself when everyone else is dining with someone, is just awkward, i honestly feel like people are staring at me. It's just really intimidating to sit there by myself in a room full of people sitting in groups. I end up trying not to look at anyone specific, just kind of staring at the floor or off into space to avoid making eye contact.

OTOH, when it comes to my round the world trips, I'm always on my own. No one in my family would dream of taking a 20 or 30 or in the case of the next one, 50 sector airport tour. Likewise, when I take road trips, I like to drive by myself, so I can go at my own pace, enjoy the scenery, and stop frequently for smoke breaks by the side of the road.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:17 pm

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 traveling alone, I prefer smaller hotels, Hostels or Hotels with allot of business travelers, (eating breakfast in the morning is not to bad as your not the only one alone). Instead of using a restaurant when Hungry, for me it will aether be a take away or go to a local shop or supermarket and get food from their. It also saves allot of money. Travelling alone can be great as long as you avoid group activities ( unless they are organised for solo travellers). The hardest thing I find when travelling alone is to walk inside a bar and have a drink on my own. Hue else find this hard ?
 
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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:28 pm

Quoting BA677 (Reply 28):
The hardest thing I find when travelling alone is to walk inside a bar and have a drink on my own.

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 else. It's a nice way to spend some time in a bar - just chatting with some random pretty woman and then going about your business.
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Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:23 pm

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 22):
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.

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. As a matter of fact, on my last cruise in Key West I met a leggy momma who wore a denim mini and we exchanged massages (shoulder and back).

I guess with the way the cabins are designed it's economically prudent to cram at least 2 in even the smallest inside cabins.

Some cruises on the longer itineraries will match individual cruisers but like anything else it's pot luck in that situation. Maybe as economic demand changes cruise lines will stop discriminating against the single passenger.

Hopefully the big 2 Carnival and Royal C. will be a trend setter and feature single cruising at the same price.
As long as you have Octomoms/Dads travelling with their kids the single traveller will get the sunk at the boat.
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:25 pm

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 4):
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.

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Most of my travel has been solo and I am ok with it.
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Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:48 am

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 nearly always day trips. I don't like staying in hotels on my own. Saying that a few years ago I drove around France for 6 months staying in cheap chain motels and sleeping in my car. It was great. I don't have much money for hotels these days but I like the cheap chain ones. I HATE youth hostels with a passion. I'm too old for them and they attract the most terrible fake people. I do still go on holiday with my parents sometimes which is cool.

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Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:15 am

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 32):
I HATE youth hostels with a passion. I'm too old for them and they attract the most terrible fake people

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 laddy I didn't like hostels! It's kind of like you always know what/whom to expect, which isn't why we leave home.
 
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Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:45 am

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 fun.

If its another western country then I like going alone, chances are im visiting for different reasons, happy to travel alone, travelled all over the vountry and around the world alone at different times, meet up with friends around the world in different places, and other times just off exploring by myslef, depends on where im going and what im seeing, some things i like to see and do at my own pace.
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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:54 am

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 me so that we can enjoy ourselves during the holiday. Sometimes it's hard to make compromise as I want this way whereas others want another ways. But I don't mind.

I'm sad that none of my friends want to travel with me. I have asked them many times but they didnt want to go with me and prefer to hang out with cool friends to travel.  Sad

If you plan to come to Australia, i will be more than happy to show you around Australia. It would be good to have a local friends to show you around the city and top-secret place to see without tourists.

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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:58 pm

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

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 more. Three out of the next four trips planned are solo. First, there is a trip to Lubbock in May to see an annular solar eclipse. The wife would not be interested, and the kids would be bored. Second trip is to Disney, and that includes everyone. Disney is a place I would not go by myself. That seems best enjoyed with company. The third trip is Yellowstone. The wife is not interested in the outdoors, and the kids are not old enough. the fourth trip is to Chicago, and the focus is to catch a game at Wrigley Field. Again, the wife is not interested, and the kids are not old enough.

The biggest advantage of going solo is the ability to make spontaneous decisions. Also, I would end up doing things that no one around me would ever consider planning, whether it be an eclipse, hiking/camping, or a ball game far away. Perhaps there will always be some solo trips, but this will change as the kids get old enough to enjoy things other than Disney. Also, the wife would like to go back to Europe some day, so I dare not take a solo shot back there.
 
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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:41 am

As for travel by air, I travel alone -- I like to have my way at airports and on airplanes
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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:38 am

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. I enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to explore without worrying about what anyone travelling with me wanted to do. On the other hand, if it was a place I visited regularly (like Duesseldorf every November for 13 years) I enjoyed having someone new along to show them the ropes.

Locally I drive alone most of the time due to my work and I prefer it to having company. I play my music loud, talk to myself, watch the world go by. My longest solo drive was around 1,500km to Cape Town through the night after having a tiff with my wife and just loading up and leaving her at home (we were due to leave the following morning for holiday). She flew down business class the next morning so she got the better part of the deal!
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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Fri May 11, 2012 9:34 am

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   

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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Fri May 11, 2012 3:10 pm

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 up with my own company, but turns out that if i keep myself busy i don't even think about it. The only thing is going into a restaurant, and asking for a table for 1 but its been no big deal really.

The only part that gets a bit lonely is last thing at night when you're in your hotel and theres nothing on TV except things in a foreign language. Even then, i have my iPad or a newspaper to keep myself entertained.

Other than that, i can only mirror what everybody else has said - its good to be free to do whatever you want. If you want to visit the same place 5 times without being moaned at you can!!
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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Fri May 11, 2012 3:17 pm

Almost exclusively, yes. I can't even recall when I travelled with someone the last time. In 1998-ish I think.

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RE: Do You Travel Alone?

Fri May 11, 2012 9:33 pm

Quoting September11 (Reply 37):



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 airplane I can do what I need to do faster, easier and cheaper. When in flight I tune out tune in with my headphones. On long enough flights I even pony up for the in flight Internet or on shorter hops just look out the window, always amazed or write or pile up some Z's. And even with my badge/airport ID hidden under my shirt I notice we airline folk seem to give off some pheromones to passengers and become the answer man/woman, great communicator etc.

Hotel wise if $$$ permits, I too like it solo. I can poop with the door open, crank up the A/C and enjoy the hotel experience. However I have a couple of buddies that I room with and there's no issues when staying at a hotel. And if one of us has to "entertain" the other has no problem getting lost.   
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