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Travel Abroad Alone

Would You Travel Abroad Solo?

Traveling with a friend or group has its advantages — you always have someone to eat with, hit the town with at night, nudge you into trying something new, and, of course, share expenses with. But there's something to be said for traveling alone. You can set your own schedule (or have none at all), meet people, and reflect on yourself and destination. The sense of independence and freedom you feel is breathtaking, but loneliness can lurk in even the most beautiful Venetian-tiled alleyways. A friend once told me traveling with others may be fun, but traveling alone is more interesting. So would you go for it?

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sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
I love the experience much more when I'm with my friends or family, but I have been off on my own in Europe at times and I really loved the experience.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I'm too much of a wimp to travel abroad alone. I don't like to fly alone, though I can do it when I have to. I would much rather have someone to keep me company and enjoy the sights with.
Meike Meike 8 years
Yeah, I've done it. It's not really a big deal. Traveling is just temporary. Still, I find the experience more fun with close friends and family. Living in a foreign country is much more difficult and I've done it twice. Once, when I moved to America from Japan and a second time, when I moved here to Germany from America. It's easy to take for granted the things you had in your previous location when you find it missing in your next.
Louie Louie 8 years
I left Australia for a year and travelled around Ireland and Europe for a year by myself, last year. It was the best thing I've ever done. Sure it was sometimes scary and sometimes lonely, but I did so much more and met so many more people than I would have done if I was with some friends. It forces you out of your comfort zone and gives you heaps of confidence. I'd definitely recommend it!
cherryblossom cherryblossom 8 years
If i was in japan I wouldnt notice i was alone anyway, id be to buys scoping out all the culture and buying up all the things ive always wanted to buy up to even notice i had no entourage with me.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
No. While I moved abroad to live and work (albeit in an English speaking country) by myself, I wouldn't want to travel on my own. My boyfriend, whom I consider to be a very free-spirited and independent person, travelled alone to Slovenia last year and had a great time, although he emailed me a lot while he was there telling me how much he missed me and how lonely he was. But I think it's great that so many people are confident and comfortable enough to travel alone.
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
No thanks!
mommahello mommahello 8 years
I've traveled to Europe many times solo, but on a tour. So, it became the best of both choices. I had the support and safety of the tour guide, but was delighted to be able to linger where I wanted, and hurry by what did not interest me. I felt safe on the tour with the group as my safety net. I also "acted out" a bit with no criticism or judgement from my family at home. It allowed me to make lots of new friends.
peptor85 peptor85 8 years
I went to Europe a few years ago with a friend, and she had to leave for home before I did so I got to spend a week in Prague by myself. I stayed in a hostel, met some new people and had a lot of fun. I think I prefer a "hybrid" sort of trip-- spend part of the time with friends and part of the time on your own.
kia kia 8 years
My first trip out of the country was solo, not with a tour group, and with no planned itinerary or hotel reservations. Good times.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I SO want to go abroad by myself! I would rather work on my own schedule and do exactly what *I* want when I want. I'm by myself much of the time and have a hard time meeting people anyway, so I guess eventually I would get a bit lonely. Even being in a hostel with other people...I see it more as a safety hazard to inform people you don't know about where you're going and what your plans are, because you don't know them or who else they might know. But it's a risk you may have to cautiously take... Also, going by myself might be pretty dangerous overall. I mean, you can prepare all you can, but sometimes things *happen*, and it only takes one time, you know? I guess I'm just a walking contradiction then...I want to go alone, but not be alone ALL the time. Maybe go with a bunch of people I know, we go do our own thing/make our own trips, and meet up in some specific places/cities just for a checkup and A LITTLE socialization? Does anybody do that?
Fashion Fashion 8 years
Just went on my first official sola trip and had a blast! Surfing, yoga and biking in Nosara, Costa Rica, Highly recommended if you want chill times and cool new friends. ;)
MSucre MSucre 8 years
Traveling alone can get sort of lonely (and sometimes even dangerous) at night! It's hard to enjoy the night life of an unfamiliar place if you're all alone. But staying in hostels where you can meet fellow solo travelers helps with that!
MSucre MSucre 8 years
I've traveled alone to places where I knew people who live there. Even if I don't stay with them, and even if they aren't the closest friends, if I have people to meet up with or to grab a drink with, then traveling alone has major advantages. But in the end, I like traveling with at least 1 other person and it's got to be someone I can really get along with!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
if i had the money, id up and go somwehre tomorrow.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
yes - definitely. when i studied abroad in london and paris, i would take trips all the time by myself to other countries and it was great since you didn't have to rely on someone else to have fun. i will admit that sometimes it wasn't as much fun going places and eating along or being in a country that i didn't speak the language but it's definitely character building.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
I've traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, Paris and Amsterdam by myself. Were there moments when I was lonely? Sure...but there were never moments when I was annoyed with anyone else (which always happens when traveling). I also met a TON of people, which would never happen if I was traveling with anyone else. The big thing, is that I don't go out at night much if traveling by myself, and I don't get drunk when I'm traveling alone. I find myself much more self aware and cautious when traveling solo, which isn't always a bad thing The only place that absolutely sucks being alone...Las Vegas
Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
When I was 23, after college, I went alone to Italy and stayed a year. I did have some friends and my parents come over for short vacations, but I loved every minute of it! I'd still do it today!
buzzlightgirl buzzlightgirl 8 years
The best trips are by yourself!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
Probably not abroad.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I need a witness to my possible murder or kidnapping so I need to travel with someone.
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