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    Travelling alone seems to be a prospect on the cards for me for the rest of the year. I dont really care about travelling alone. Id rather have a companion but that's how it goes. The thing that I keep thinking is, so id get there, go to accomodation and then...what do you do? I want to take some photos and stuff but that occupies little time. Anyone have any 'a day in the life' sort of things of what you would do when travelling alone?

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    You meet other travellers and tag along? :holmes:
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    Visit places and take photos, like monuments or pretty places.
    Burns so much time.
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    (Original post by unknownking321)
    You meet other travellers and tag along? :holmes:
    Is it really that easy to meet people though? :/
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    (Original post by impossible!)
    Is it really that easy to meet people though? :/
    :dontknow: I guess if you make an effort, you'll make friends.

    Hopefully a few single travellers will post in here.
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    You just do whatever you went there to do. I'm assuming you chose to travel to the place for a reason, so go and see or do whatever you wanted to. Travelling alone shouldn't be any less full of things to do than travelling with a group- seeing things still takes the same amount of time whether you're with someone or not.

    And sure, you might meet other travellers, but you might not. It's generally fairly easy to meet new people, but you shouldn't travel alone if you wouldn't be content to be alone if you don't meet others.
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    I mug people and look menacing
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    I'm planning on travelling to a few countries in Europe alone too, so I made a list of things that I really wanted to see - for example: museums, art galleries, opera houses, places of literary interest... Basically just immersing myself in culture I think that one of the perks of travelling alone is that you can go wherever you like, and do what you enjoy. I would suggest by writing down what you really want to see/do, planning your budget, and work out things like flights/accomodation. If I can give you one tip, to travel really cheaply, try http://www.couchsurfing.org.

    Lex xx
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    I only did it once, but felt really lonely so came home after 3 weeks instead of the 2 months that I had planned! Will always make sure that I go with someone in future!

    EDIT: Why did that get neg rep haha? Not my fault I got lonely!
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    (Original post by impossible!)
    Travelling alone seems to be a prospect on the cards for me for the rest of the year. I dont really care about travelling alone. Id rather have a companion but that's how it goes. The thing that I keep thinking is, so id get there, go to accomodation and then...what do you do? I want to take some photos and stuff but that occupies little time. Anyone have any 'a day in the life' sort of things of what you would do when travelling alone?

    Thanks

    EDIT: Yeah ok I did the title wrong, acknowledgement here!
    I'll go with you if you're not a munter.:borat:
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    "Travelling" is such a vague term that it depends on what you mean.

    If you go somewhere with the intention of getting drunk and socialising in a new city then you find other like minded people in youth hostels and bars and do so (apparently, I wouldn't really know).
    If you are going to see pretty touristy things then you do so on your own, though admittedly that can be pretty boring without company.
    If you are going to experience a bit of a different culture or language, being on your own can be a distinct advantage, as you are forced to talk people around you - and if you are young and female this is probably even easier.

    I've done literally several years of solo travelling in total and it can be both incredibly awesome (ending up talking to people and seeing places you'd never have done were you in a group) and unimaginably dreadful (particularly if you are ill, have had stuff stolen, or things are generally going wrong and you've just got to sit in silence and deal with it).
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    First things first, travelling alone doesn't mean doing everything by yourself. You will meet people, I have no reason to doubt that unless you're travelling in an environment whether other people simply rarely travel. Even when I was in the north of Sweden and everybody in the hostel I stayed in was about 20 years older than me and there simply to hike, I still managed to bump into a couple of people on the street who invited me to a house party. Obviously, you need to put yourself out there but I think you'll be surprised how open and forward some other people are... that they'll approach you.

    Most of the time I was away I just did all the things I wanted to - kayaked, went to lots of museums and galleries, ate interesting food etc. etc. Often in the daytime I was by myself but that was more intentional... I turned down invites from other people because I wanted to do the things I wanted to do rather than just go along with something else. Even on days I didn't do that much, I was easily entertained wandering around soaking up the atmosphere of wherever I was, people watching, drinking coffee, smoking etc. Time seemed to fly. Evening was when I turned into more of a social butterfly, hung out with people just chatting, playing games and went out clubbing etc.

    If you're going to travel alone then you need to be comfortable in your own company (obviously) but you're probably not going to be alone anywhere near as much as you imagine and it's surprising how you react in a situation where you feel as though you haven't spoken to anybody for ages. You'll probably get used to striking up conversation with random people and some of the most fantastic people I met on my trip were people I just randomly spoke to on train journeys, in coffee shops and when smoking. Definitely felt like I had more of an experience going solo than I would if I'd have travelled with a friend. One of my friends met me for 2 weeks, and whilst I enjoyed his company, my favourite parts of the trip were where I was "alone". Met so many more people, had so many more unforgettable experiences.
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    (Original post by RoseRequiem)
    I'm planning on travelling to a few countries in Europe alone too, so I made a list of things that I really wanted to see - for example: museums, art galleries, opera houses, places of literary interest... Basically just immersing myself in culture I think that one of the perks of travelling alone is that you can go wherever you like, and do what you enjoy. I would suggest by writing down what you really want to see/do, planning your budget, and work out things like flights/accomodation. If I can give you one tip, to travel really cheaply, try http://www.couchsurfing.org.

    Lex xx
    Great advice I'd like to add though that couchsurfing isn't just about travelling cheaply - it also gives you an instant friend (your host), you get to see what the culture of the country is really like and you can also use CS to find other travellers or locals willing to hang out. Each time I've travelled alone I've had lots of people to hang out with, and while sometimes that's thanks to random encounters (aka fate ) CS definitely helps :yep:
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    1) Check into a good hostel, not too big, well reviewed for the social aspects
    2) Meet people in the common rooms
    3) Go out every night with new people
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    Wake-up just in time for the breakfast provided, typically with some degree of a hangover.
    Afterwards, get washed, brush teeth etc
    Start getting ready for a day of sightseeing/exploring. So lock and secure my possessions and equip myself with what I'll need for the day, in my rucksack.
    Then head-off for the day, depending on how central my hostel is I may not return til early evening,
    Travelling solo, I can visit whatever I want - museums, cathedrals, palaces, other attractions.
    Returning to the hostel, I'm shattered. So I'll have a quick rest.
    Then after doing a few bits and bobs, I'll be looking at heading down to the hostel bar and see where that goes. Obviously dorms, and hostels, are mostly very social, so this time of the day is great to meet people and make some arrangements for the night.
    If my hostel was rubbish, I'd head off to different pubs and see how that fairs.
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    (Original post by James Gregory)
    it can be both incredibly awesome (ending up talking to people and seeing places you'd never have done were you in a group) and unimaginably dreadful (particularly if you are ill, have had stuff stolen, or things are generally going wrong and you've just got to sit in silence and deal with it).
    This, in a nutshell. To do it you have to be outgoing, or you'll want to learn to be outgoing pretty quickly. Once you get used to speaking with everybody you'll meet some amazing people and learn a lot from them, experience new things with them, and do cool stuff. You'll also probably end up sleeping with a few of them if your so inclined too. You build up a network of international people who you then go and see in their countries - its genuinely amazing if things are going well.

    When things go wrong its not so good, but a phone call or skype call to mum/dad/the bank usually sorts stuff out for you. At times I would love to have a mate with me, someone who really really knows me, but more often than not im happy meeting new people and doing my own thing. The people who know me are always at the end of a phonecall when I really need them.
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    I travelled for four months around Italy, Greece, the UK, France and Spain, and had the most amazing time of my life. I wandered though - had a loose idea of where I was going, and didn't book anything in advance. Ended up in sticky situations occaisonally when the weekend came round and it turned out every hostel and hotel in a town was booked out, but it was worth it for the flexibility.

    The flexibility meant that if you found a place with cool like-minded people to hang out with, you could stay there longer. Or if you found yourself in a dodgey YHA hostel where everyone was giggling groups and didn't mix properly, you could piss off the next day. I had so many wonderful experiences with companions on the road. You have a freedom to be so much more yourself without the trappings of your context and established personality weighing you down.

    I also had a number of interests I was pursuing while I was away so I never got bored or felt at a loss for what to do - writing religiously in my travel diary (as in, recording whole conversations and stories, etc), visiting ancient sites like ruins in Greece and stone circles in Ireland, visiting free art galleries and classical music performances in Paris and Venice.

    Just go for it, you'll be fine.
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    (Original post by Law123mus)
    I'll go with you if you're not a munter.:borat:
    Im my humble opinion, Im glad to say Im not a munter :awesome:


    Anyway....


    I have looked on couch surfing, it's something ill certainly consider although most people say hostels are a great place for meeting people.


    All these ideas are great but I just keep thinking ill be left bored. I obviously have to do more planning.
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    Is one's own company such a boring thing? That's a bit saddening. Trust yourself.
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    (Original post by goewyn)
    I travelled for four months around Italy, Greece, the UK, France and Spain, and had the most amazing time of my life. I wandered though - had a loose idea of where I was going, and didn't book anything in advance. Ended up in sticky situations occaisonally when the weekend came round and it turned out every hostel and hotel in a town was booked out, but it was worth it for the flexibility.

    The flexibility meant that if you found a place with cool like-minded people to hang out with, you could stay there longer. Or if you found yourself in a dodgey YHA hostel where everyone was giggling groups and didn't mix properly, you could piss off the next day. I had so many wonderful experiences with companions on the road. You have a freedom to be so much more yourself without the trappings of your context and established personality weighing you down.

    I also had a number of interests I was pursuing while I was away so I never got bored or felt at a loss for what to do - writing religiously in my travel diary (as in, recording whole conversations and stories, etc), visiting ancient sites like ruins in Greece and stone circles in Ireland, visiting free art galleries and classical music performances in Paris and Venice.

    Just go for it, you'll be fine.
    Wow, that sounds amazing. When did you go?
 
 
 
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