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Travelling alone, first time.

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    Also just google "hostel" and your destination city. Some hostels belong to an international association and others are independent. Some are in amazing historical buildings too.
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    Traveling alone does really awesome, although I think just about the only issue I would think of is that, if you are outdoor camping especially, I did be nervous to keep my big bag somewhere, even for a few moments, while on the street.
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    (Original post by Mockery)
    Exactly what Laura said

    After my next and final year of university I will be spending a good amount of time travelling, and I'd put my left nut on no one being up for joining me. Despite being on my own to begin with it should be awesome, roll on next summer!
    Why not your right nut ?

    Just curious lol
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    (Original post by Signorita23)
    Why not your right nut ?

    Just curious lol
    Too many fond memories to go doing that of course.

    They will both remain safe for the time being anyway so all is good
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    (Original post by sj27)
    Do some research into hostels. Many of the ones I stayed at had single (or double) rooms available for a little extra, but still way cheaper than hotels, and most of them had lockers for your bags (though if you have your own room this is moot anyway as you will have the only key). You can still take advantage of the common areas to meet people, and they really are a fantastic way to meet people, get tips about where to go and what to see and so on.
    Regardless of whether you pay for a dorm or for a private room, the point of a hostel is to be sociable. If all you want to do is be unsociable and sit alone on your bed all day eating crisps bought from the 7-11 (rather than lunch in the kitchen) then don't go to a hostel, you will look like a stuck up nerd.
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    Regardless of whether you pay for a dorm or for a private room, the point of a hostel is to be sociable. If all you want to do is be unsociable and sit alone on your bed all day eating crisps bought from the 7-11 (rather than lunch in the kitchen) then don't go to a hostel, you will look like a stuck up nerd.
    Absolutely, which is why I think hostels are the best way to travel alone - they're a brilliant way to meet people. Still, some people are wary of theft or, as stated here, prefer to sleep without strangers in the same room for privacy/noise reasons. A private room in a hostel gives you both privacy and an easy environment to meet new people in.
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    Regardless of whether you pay for a dorm or for a private room, the point of a hostel is to be sociable. If all you want to do is be unsociable and sit alone on your bed all day eating crisps bought from the 7-11 (rather than lunch in the kitchen) then don't go to a hostel, you will look like a stuck up nerd.
    I don't agree with this at all. The point of a hostel is cheap accommodation. I find the idea of eating lunch in a hostel very strange- surely at lunchtime you should be out exploring your destination? The social side of hostels is a nice bonus, but not the raison d'etre. For many people, a hostel bed is just a place to crash for the night and nothing more.
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    (Original post by standreams)
    I don't agree with this at all. The point of a hostel is cheap accommodation. I find the idea of eating lunch in a hostel very strange- surely at lunchtime you should be out exploring your destination? The social side of hostels is a nice bonus, but not the raison d'etre. For many people, a hostel bed is just a place to crash for the night and nothing more.
    I think if you're travelling alone, the social side of hostels is a huge benefit. Almost all of my time exploring places or enjoying the nightlife was in the company of people I'd met at hostels. However I do agree re your lunch observation (in fact many of the hostels I stayed at had lockouts from around 10-2 anyway).
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    (Original post by sj27)
    I think if you're travelling alone, the social side of hostels is a huge benefit. Almost all of my time exploring places or enjoying the nightlife was in the company of people I'd met at hostels. However I do agree re your lunch observation (in fact many of the hostels I stayed at had lockouts from around 10-2 anyway).
    Exactly- the social side of hostels is a benefit, but not the primary purpose. There are plenty of people who stay in hostels just to crash for the night, whether while visiting a city for some specific purpose or because they have some other interest (mountaineering, biking, outdoor sports etc.) For these people, socialising may be the last thing on their minds. It would be wrong to suggest that the primary purpose of hostels is to meet people and socialise- first and foremost they are just a cheap bed for the night. In the majority of hostels you will not be thought weird if you decide to keep yourself to yourself.

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