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Dear Poll: Would You Take a Vacation by Yourself?

I really relish my alone time, but I have to admit, a little goes a long way. Yesterday I was reading an article on Forbes.com that was all about being alone — traveling alone to be exact. Since not everyone has the luxury of having someone to vacation with, companies like Singles Travel International and Abercrombie & Kent provide an easy solution — grouping singles with other singles who are interested in seeing the same sights.

This kind of traveling is a novel idea if you think about it, but I would be way too intimidated to go exploring by myself. What about you? Would you ever consider taking a trip alone, with other single people in the same position as you? You never know who you could meet!

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shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 8 years
I actually really enjoy traveling alone. Right after I graduated from college, I took a trip to Boston by myself and really enjoyed having time to spend walking around by myself and planning my own itinerary. It's also great because I get to decide how much time to devote to each place or activity without having to worry about someone else's interest in those things. Recently, I went to Chicago by myself too and I loved it. I still have yet to go anywhere completely alone that is not in the States because I'm still a little worried about being in a foreign place alone, but I'll get there.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
This is really inspiring ladies. I've never travelled alone but am hoping to do some backpacking in Australia later this year. And since none of my friends are interested, I will be doing it alone :faint:.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I've taken tons of trips by myself, and I wouldn't have it any other way! I feel like traveling alone is one of the best things a woman can do to find out more about herself. And even if I'm part of a cute old married couple someday, I'll still travel alone now and then! :)
kpelli73 kpelli73 8 years
I have taken several trips alone including 17 days driving across the US all by myself. That was my first big trip alone and I almost turned around about an hour from home and came back. But I didn't and I am so glad I did it. Since then I have done several alone trips and loved every one. I love to travel in general though. Never been on a big group trip and it doesn't appeal to me at all. I like to be able to do what I want and stop at some little unusual place that I didn't even know was there.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
I'm a small skinny girl, too. That's why there'll be an element of surprise when whoever tries to attack me gets an elbow in the face and his nose shoved into his frontal lobe.
fadedblue fadedblue 8 years
I wouldn't travel with a group of singles b/c I already have a boyfriend but I would definitely not mind traveling alone, depending on the place -- for example, I wouldn't want to be alone in certain overseas destinations where there's more a chance of me getting mugged or something...I'm a really small skinny girl =P but a lot of places I would love to see. I actually really enjoy having my alone time and space even when I'm on my home turf so it would be even more relaxing somewhere else.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Good idea! I think I am going to save up some $$ and try it. I have admitted there are things I like doing alone sometimes...shopping when I actually HAVE to buy something, like clothes for work, and recently I went to a movie alone and had a good time. I could definitely see myself working up towards a solo vacation, but not a singles vacation. The singles scene seriously scares me, and I have a serious boyfriend anyway! The only thing is, if I had the cash I would want to visit my boyfriend...I recently moved across the country and miss him!
Marci Marci 8 years
I've taken several trips alone, but I always incorporate some people time into those trips; visiting someone I know in that city for a day or even meeting the friend of a friend, just to rub some familiar elbows, so to speak. But I always enjoyed those trips on my own.
MissKate919 MissKate919 8 years
Alone. I tend to be agreeable in an attempt to avoid arguments, but end up not doing any of the things I would have liked to. So lately I choose to do a lot of things solo, traveling included!
scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 8 years
no i would rather go with my friends or boyfriend xxxxxxxxx
Meike Meike 8 years
If I was single, most definitely.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
When I was single, I used to travel alone a lot. I went to Greece, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Finland and Estonia alone. And I didn't feel lonely one second. I met so much more people while traveling alone. Great experiences.
erratic-assassin erratic-assassin 8 years
like alone alone? I've flown to cabos and met up with 1 friend and his buddies....had a blast! met all their friends and what-not....came back alone. but totally by myself? i'd love to!
girlgreen girlgreen 8 years
i would love to, if i could get the courage. i can't even go to dinner by myself :)
sciencegirl sciencegirl 8 years
I spent 4 months by myself backpacking around Australia and had the time of my life! It was freeing not to be stuck to another person's agenda and be able to change my plans on a whim. I made tons of friends at every place I stopped and when it was time to move on to another location I said goodbye and went. That being said, I still wouldn't mind doing it again with a close friend.
red4bonez red4bonez 8 years
wow a lot of people like to go on vacation alone. Not me. I like people around me so I don't get bored. I went to Europe alone, I mean it is ok to fly alone because there is noone to bother you and it gives you a feel of independence. But after 2 weeks I was going crazy, I missed my doggies, my boyfriend and my own bed. I would go alone for maybe 2 days but not for more than that. I would go with a friend or my boyfriend.
inertia inertia 8 years
I usually travel alone and enjoy the freedom. Sometimes meals can be lonely, but I'm a vegetarian and the problem of finding something to eat at a restaurant picked by the group is even worse. I'd rather be lonely than go hungry. Right now I'm planning a trip to Europe during which I'll be with friends part of the time, and as I can't expect them all to cater to my food preferences at every meal, I'm going to try to get away from the group for at least one meal a day so I don't collapse of starvation. This kind of singles travel sounds like a nightmare to me. I don't mind being alone or with friends, but stuck with strangers has got to be the worst.
polska polska 8 years
I traveled in Eastern Europe for three weeks on my own, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Nothing else has made me feel so capable and confident. From navigating trains and buses to language barriers, it was a real learning experience. And the best part was the freedom to do what I wanted, to choose the museums I wanted to go to or chill out at a cafe with a book when I was tired without having to compromise with any travel companions. And as for the safety issue - I feel much safer walking the streets of Europe at night than I do the streets of any US city. The majority of European cities have much lower crime rates, and handguns are much less prevalent.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Traveling with people is so annoying, even when they're people you know and love. It's annoying when there's something they want to do, because that sucks up your time; and it's annoying when they don't know what they want to do, because now you have to think for them and explain the game-plan of the day to them for their approval or disapproval. Even when you all want to do the same thing, it's impossible that everyone wants to be doing it for the exact same duration of time and/or at the exact same pace. And it never fails, at some point everyone's cranky and resentful and getting crazy cabin fever from spending too much time together. At best you're short with each other for a while, at worst it's full on fighting and ending of relationships. Okay, some travel tips suggest people traveling together go their separate ways sometimes to avoid the crazy cabin fever, but that negates the whole "safety in numbers" thing, doesn't it? And good luck with the whole "alone time" thing if you're traveling with someone who is too afraid to let you out of their sight. I always end up with regrets and things that I didn't get to do when other people are in the equation in my travels. I can't think of a single regret and/or bad experience while traveling alone. Honestly, how dangerous of a destination would people choose to travel to even with other people around to give you a false sense of security, anyway? What exactly is so much more dangerous out in the world than in your own home where an alarming number of things could kill you and there could be home invasions and whatnot? Sure, there are always stories of women being victimized in some way while traveling alone, but hell, what else is new? There are stories like that for women living alone or just going about their own business in their own town... alone. Are women just never to be left alone at all then? Are we always supposed to have a chaperon? Are we never to LIVE? In short: Life's short - take self defense classes, then travel alone armed with your knowledge of how to break the neck of anyone who tries to grab you.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I would go by myself but would prefer to have at least one person with my for safety reasons. Safety in numbers really applies to traveling. There are just some creepy places out there
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I'd like to, I just don't know how safe I'd feel. What if it's not all wonderful and something goes wrong? I guess it'd be an experience, but I'd feel better traveling with at least one other person, to share the experience.
XSofieX XSofieX 8 years
I love to travel on my own. This summer the weather was just awful so I went to Turkey all by myself and left a note for my mother on the table (I was only 18 and had just graduated from high school!) I didn't tell my parents where I was until I came home and it was just a great experience to be completely on your own even though you don't speak the language!
hotstuff hotstuff 8 years
I haven't done a major vacation alone yet but why not? You don't have to plan with those friends who at the last minute claim they don't have money. I also hate going with too many people because don't you get sick of them anyway, then everybody wants to argue about what to do next. Traveling alone doesn't sound bad at all. And BRAVO to the ladies who have done it or are gonna do it soon!
mlen mlen 8 years
i'm lucky enough to have friends that like to travel so i usually have someone to go with me when i want to go! that being said- if i didn't have someone who could travel with me and i really wanted to go somewhere, i'd consider it- why not. i'd consider the singles thing too. as long as its people with similar interests then it could be interesting!
kaenai kaenai 8 years
I would hate to vacation with strangers. I don't like to do anything with strangers. Group vacations like these sound like my own personal hell. As for traveling alone, I wouldn't mind it if it were something like a spa getaway type of vacation.
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