aivisavia
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Perfect Gift?

Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:59 pm

Hey guys. I don't know if I am posting at the correct section of this website but never mind, so I would like to hear your opinion on what I'm thinking.

In July I will turn 16 and for my birthday I was thinking of asking parents if I could fly somewhere for a weekend. So would you mind telling me if it's safe if I'm traveling alone at this age, and where would it be nice to go to, I live in Doncaster but mainly use East Midlands and Manchester airport so here's the origins.

I would really apreciate any suggestions, thanks  
 
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RE: Perfect Gift?

Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:11 pm

I am not sure about the situation in UK but I first traveled alone when I was 17. As long as you know how to take care of yourself, traveling alone is fun and you can be very flexible on what you want. Ever since I tried traveling alone once, I got addicted to it and had traveled alone for a few more times ever since.
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:25 pm

So long as you feel comfortable with doing it, they yes it will be safe. I first started travelling around Europe on my own when I was 16 and I had no problems, but I know people who are in their mid 20s and still don't feel dependent enough to go it alone for any more than a day.

Maybe as a first step take a day return somewhere in the UK or nearbye destinations in Europe, so that if you start feeling out of your depth you know that you'll be returning home for the night.


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Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:58 pm

I did my first 'solo' on my sixtheenth birthday. It was a one-day return AMS LHR on BMI.

On of my greatest day's ever. You will really enjoy not being bothered by others.

Untill I find a girl to join me, I will always prefer to travel alone. (Maybe especially after finding a girl)

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Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:21 pm

I was 8 years old when I first flew all alone, and to top it off it was from South America to Germany. I've done it at least once a year throughout my childhood. When I was 10 I was the "guardian" of my two brothers aged 7 flying with me. There is no reason why you shouldn't do it on your 16th birthday. Enjoy the freedom of doing whatever you want to do. It will never be the same again when you have a gf / wife / kids with you.

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RE: Perfect Gift?

Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:46 pm

Quoting aivisavia (Thread starter):
In July I will turn 16 and for my birthday I was thinking of asking parents if I could fly somewhere for a weekend. So would you mind telling me if it's safe if I'm traveling alone at this age,

Check with each airline for their Minimum age requirement for unaccompanied travel.
And: In case you should travel abroad, check that country's requirements, too.
And: You will need a photo-ID.

Also: If you intend to go for more than a daytrip, check the age requirements set by the accommodation.

Quoting aivisavia (Thread starter):
and where would it be nice to go to

If you are familiar with navigating through more complex airports, DUB could be an option.
In case you are not that experienced, select a destination that is less crowded.

August is a good time to visit Paris, as many locals are on vacation. Even French people like to visit their capital in that month.

Amsterdam, of course, is always a good option, but taking its reputation into account, might be difficult to persuade parents to let one go alone ...

London ? Copenhagen ? Oslo ? Stockholm ? Hamburg ???? Berlin ? Prague ? Barcelona .
So many options to choose from, depending on budget and your preferences ...
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RE: Perfect Gift?

Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:47 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 4):
It will never be the same again when you have a gf / wife / kids with you.

Especially when your girlfriend doesn't like flying and has to have the window seat. The one time she flew without me the window surround decided to fall off, which scared her and put her right off aircraft.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 3):

Untill I find a girl to join me, I will always prefer to travel alone. (Maybe especially after finding a girl)

To some extent I do prefer travelling alone, because I can make crazy routings and fly on old aircraft which she just isn't comfortable with when we're travelling together - which is perfectly understandable, and I'm happy that she also understands I need to go off to do this on my own every now and again. But it is also nice every once in a while to go somewhere together.


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Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:16 pm

Thanks for replies, I've flown alone 2 times and going to fly again in April, first two times were from RIX to UK, and now MAN-RIX-MAN, and someone is always waiting for me at the destination so thats why parents let me.

But flying alone to somewhere where I know no one might stress them, especially my mother. I was thinking of destinations such as Paris, Geneve, Berlin, Prague, Barcelona... maybe anyone knows where I can look for flights other than official airline websites and skyscanner.net ?

Thanks  
 
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RE: Perfect Gift?

Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:21 pm

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 7):
and someone is always waiting for me at the destination so thats why parents let me.

That's why my parents always let me fly alone too. If I'm gonna visit a country alone with no one picking me up at the destination, they'd freak out and not let me go at all. As the saying goes we're always kids in our parent's eyes no matter how old we are.
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:29 pm

Haha, it's rather sad isn't it? We can be responsible but they don't believe us. Sad, sad.
 
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:56 am

The idea may seem less overwhelming to your parents if you present them with a detailed schedule that shows:

1) How you will get from the airport to your hotel
2) Hotel information (reviews, reputation, etc.)
3) Sites you will visit and how you will get to those sites
4) Location of nearest doctors/hospitals
5) Where you will eat
6) Total cost of the trip

You will demonstrate to them that this is something that you really want to do and are quite capable of doing.

Also, in your negotiations with your parents, ask first for the "most exotic" destination. If they say no to that destination, perhaps they would settle for a "less exotic" destination.

If they absolutely say no, perhaps they would agree to you going with a friend.

Good luck! I predict in the next 10 years you will travel to many amazing places!
 
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:21 am

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 7):
maybe anyone knows where I can look for flights other than official airline websites

Whichbudget.com is handy, but not always 100% accurate.

And, of course, the likes of Expedia, Opodo, etc.
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:12 pm

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 7):
maybe anyone knows where I can look for flights other than official airline websites and skyscanner.net ?
http://travel.kelkoo.co.uk/c-172201-flights.html
 
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:19 pm

Travelling by air is a fantastic experience, whether it's alone or with some one else. The only annoyances can come when you're late and have no clue which gate to go to really!  

Im only 18 now, but I go flying quite a lot, obviously when going on holiday with family, and solo for daytrips if I have nothing else planned  

If you're fifteen now, you can still travel without worrying. BA as far as I know, only care if you're under under 16, so in your case it'll be fine and dandy   (and I believe most airlines are similar)

As for places to go, how about Paris? (Orly Airport preferably) as everything there is centralised/easy to find your way around...
Quite interesting place Paris and a nice young drinking age...hic!  

(But DON'T bother with CDG airport as everyone gets lost there including myself!)
You could plan a nice route from the airport to somewhere everyone will be able to give you directions back to and go inwards using the Metro for ease (did this myself at Christmas).

As for Berlin, I wouldn't bother, I went on a little daytrip last Tuesday and although I had planned everything you could possibly imagine, it was (I wont lie) a complete bore (My idea was to look around the museums and look into the history). Mindyou the -9 weather with 3 inches of snow didn't help much in my opinion either 

Anyways hope this helped,
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:31 pm

Thanks for replies again  

I've been building up intenerary by traveling almost half of Europe for £200 but then I lost it, and it made me think if I should really do it. So I am stuck on choice now, I can't pick anything.

I love architecture, and museums (but not too much of them) and easy to get around as well as nice place to be at. Geneve matches it, so does Prague, and Oslo.

So where would it be better to go, which one would be safer and which one has nice airports.

Thanks a lot guys  
 
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:35 pm

Well, do you speak any other languages apart from English? (I'm guessing GCSE standard French/Spanish?) Cause that would be my main deciding factor for a first time trek...

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Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:36 pm

Tom, I speak Russian, Latvian, French and English lol, well French wouldn't count as I am studying it. So I guess Paris could be a nice choice, or should I go for classical places like Nantes or Marseille?
 
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:44 pm

Marseilles is nice in the summer but not an awful lot to do there, as for nante's I havn't a clue. I'd just stick with the capitals, more signage, more centralised and just better navigation really...

Tom

There's always Mother Russia seeing as you're lucky enough to have mastered the lingo :P
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:50 pm

Yeah, I was thinking of capitals too 'cause they seem to have more on offer. And I wish I could go to St Petersburg at that time because it's supposed to be White Nights where it doesn't get dark for 2 weeks or so, and it's a beautiful city but I need a Visa and my mum wouldn't let me go there because it's really unsafe there.
 
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:00 pm

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 18):

Yeah, you're probably right come to think of it old chap 
But no, parents just need reassuring, just let them call you every ten minutes and it'll be fine...

Final thought: Paris. Loads of museuums, lots of landmarks and generally very pleasant food.
Over an' out,
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:07 pm

I'd be on the phone all day if they want haha, and I think I've made an amazing trip now just need the aproval. How does this sound to you?

From Manchester to CDG (it's bad but amazing times and nice price tag), staying there for the day and night and next day departing to Barcelona (arriving in evening) and then next day in evening leaving to UK. In the price there are hotels, and city cards included so I think it's pretty good. The total price is around £231 and I'd take around £100 with me, so would that be a good trip or should I make it shorter and just got for a day?
 
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Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:24 pm

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 18):
And I wish I could go to St Petersburg at that time because it's supposed to be White Nights where it doesn't get dark for 2 weeks or so,

You will get the same feeling in Helsinki.

Quoting aivisavia (Reply 14):
Oslo.

Highly recommended, but keep an eye on the budget. Norway is expensive and Oslo is the centerpiece. OTOH, with careful planning, a stay in Oslo also can be conducted with a low(-er) budget, but then stay away from alcohol (which would be no option in your case anyhow).
Stockholm and Copenhagen are other options.

If you really are into "white nights" why not bother and fly to Tromsoe ?
One can build nice itineraries using the multi-stop flights that WF runs in the north of Norway along the coast between TRD, BOO, TOS and KKN.
On mainline SK I flew HAJ-CPH-BGO-AES-TRD-BOO-TOS in one day for the (sort of) A.net Meeting at TOS end of November 2009.
In 2008 I flew mainline OSL-KKN then with 5 stops along the coast on WF Dash8-100 to TOS before flying to LYR (all on the same day). Return was LYR - OSL with only 4 stops.

Quoting SirThomas (Reply 13):
But DON'T bother with CDG airport as everyone gets lost there including myself!)

CDG T1 is okay to arrive and depart.
CDG T2 with its 7 concourses can be a bigger challenge, but still everything is signposted okay, especially if you only arrive / depart, but do not connect. Memorizing the layout of any bigger airport is always a good preparation.
Getting into town is easy from CDG using RER or (more expensive) an Air France coach.
Just disregard BVA.

Like I stated earlier, August is a good time to visit Paris as many locals are away on vacation.
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Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:56 pm

Thanks everyone   , I guess I'm going nowhere because they don't want to let me go.
 
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Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:32 pm

Hehe, well that's parents for ya  

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