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    I want to go down south west for a few days because its the only part of the UK I have yet to visit.

    I can get a train to Bournmouth from Manchester which will cost me £28 return and takes 4 hrs 30 mins which isn't too bad considering the sheer distance - almost 300 miles.

    One thing which is putting me off is my mates will think its sad :mad: I don't plan to have a big party, just explore some of the cities and countryside in the south west, basicaly spend a long time on trains
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    Hello my brother, I think you have to take one of your friends

    you'll spend nice trip with your friend
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    Of course it's not sad! If this is what you want to do, then do it! It would be sad if you really wanted to go with someone else, but you didn't have any friends. You're clearly going alone because you want to and not because you have don't have any friends, since it was a friend who told you that going alone might make it look like you don't have any friends and I'm going to stop this sentence now before I make myself very dizzy.

    Point is, travelling alone can be an excellent experience. Plus HOW stupid is your mate going to look when you come back and have made loads of really cool South West-y friends?:cool:
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    no, it isn't sad at all; why are so many people afraid of doing things without their friends?
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    Definitely go for it! Do what you want, not what you think others expect you to do.
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    lol i hope its not sad, im about to spend a month touring europe with nothing but my backpack and an mp3 player for company, lol. there are always people travelling alone, and as my m8s cant afford to join me, it took the encouragement of some (quite a few actually) saying that if they were gonna do it, theyd love to do it alone (maybe they secretly dont actually like me lol :rolleyes: )

    seriously though, whats the difference between backpacking across continents alone for months on end to places youve never seen (i know a couple a people), and travelling south in your own country to places youve never been? its still a test of character, just tell your mates to go do one if they take the piss
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    i'm sure you'd meet plenty of cool people on your travels anyway

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    Its some how a bit more credable doing it for a few momths in Europe though

    Paul Simon famously did it when catched a boat to England and met Kathy.

    I can only afford to get two or three nights of work anyway, so this will be an educational holiday more than anything else. I realise I am not going to see much in 3 days, especialy as Bournmouth is not really south west (there just happens to be a cheap direct train there).
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    i love travelling alone, you meet cool people that way.

    i think your trip sounds nice - go for it!
    and tell your friends to grow up and stop hassling you.
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    Well, it doesn't seem sad to me. It seems like the sort of thing I'd do

    Good luck,
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    I know quite a few people who randomly get on trains to visit places, often on their own. I'd quite like to do it someday. It's not sad, have fun!
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    I'm going away for a YEAR by myself to the other side of the planet. I'm pretty sure you can handle spending 5 hours en route to Bournemouth on your lonesome.
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    it's a bit stupid that i reeeeally want to go off somewhere on my own, but in reality i'd be just too scared to go through with it...one day, one day!

    you should totally go for it!!
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    most people travel alone on like adventures!!!! i say ignore your friend and just do it unless they offer to ocme with? you'll get more done alone!
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    it'd be fine. just be friendly and talk to people. in bournemouth, i always see random people talking to each other on the buses.
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    (Original post by dragon_1706)
    Definitely go for it! Do what you want, not what you think others expect you to do.
    Agreed.
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    It's hardly as if you're going to the other side of the world alone where you're thousands of miles from home and you don't speak the language AT - 300 miles really isn't far when you put it in perspective (christ I nearly went that far to uni when I moved away from home, and it still wasn't far enough!). Just go ahead and do it - find hostels to stay in on the way and you'll meet other people travelling alone too. Travelling alone is very independant, and you won't have to compromise things you want to do when your the person you're travelling with wants to do something else. If your 'mate' is taking the piss, then just ignore him or tell him where to go.
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    I wouldn't want to travel alone simply cos I'd get bored!
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    (Original post by Exoskeletal)
    i love travelling alone, you meet cool people that way.
    But you also meet cool people if you travel with someone else. I've just come back from a couple of months in India travelling with my boyfriend. We often met lots of very cool people, and then sometimes we met some not so cool people. Those we met who were travelling alone were forced to go out and meet people or be on their own. If you're someone who needs forcing into being sociable then sure, travelling alone might be a necessary nudge. We found travelling together we could socialise with others whenever we wanted, but if we were tired or hadn't met anyone that great (we met some really thick, really annoying people in one place in particular) we still had eachother.

    Not saying travelling alone is a bad idea though, just that I don't see it as a huge advantage over travelling with someone, provided you get on well with that person and have compatible aims for the trip.

    For the OP I think a trip such as you're describing would be lovely to do, with or without your friends. It's not sad at all, it's just showing you're capable of looking after yourself, provided you come back safely!

    (Original post by AT82)
    I want to go down south west for a few days because its the only part of the UK I have yet to visit.

    I can get a train to Bournmouth from Manchester which will cost me £28 return and takes 4 hrs 30 mins which isn't too bad considering the sheer distance - almost 300 miles.

    One thing which is putting me off is my mates will think its sad :mad: I don't plan to have a big party, just explore some of the cities and countryside in the south west, basicaly spend a long time on trains
    Of course it is not sad, and can i ask why you are not a moderator?
 
 
 
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