Travel Buddies 2020 Watch
I have just graduated from university and would really like to go travelling before I settle into a job, however none of my friends have any interest in doing the same thing. I ideally would like to travel around South East Asia in around March, when I should have enough money saved to go. But as a 21 year old girl I'm worried about doing this alone and wondered if anyone else is in the same boat? I have looked at 360 travel tours but I feel they are very overpriced and would not give me the flexibility or freedom I'd like through travelling...
It's a little different for me though because I'm a 22 year old man, I probably have less things to worry about.
My friends are all at uni, apart from 2, but one of them doesn't want to do the same kinds of things as me (he just wants to travel comfortably and sightsee, whereas I want to do more 'experience'-type travelling, e.g. volunteering abroad, group travel aimed at solo travellers, and maybe even short-term work abroad), and the second friend seems to just want to stay local and stay in her comfort zone. Both of which are totally fine.
And it's not even that I'm scared to go solo travelling (although it would be pretttty nerve-wracking), but more to the point I'd find it painfully boring to go and explore new towns and cities on my own, with nobody to have a laugh with or talk to or share my thoughts with. Ok, maybe I'd make friends there, but I hate that that's not guaranteed, and anyway their travel plans might differ from mine - so it just might not work out to continue my travels with a fellow gap year traveller I meet while I'm there.
So basically this is where I'm at: there are a few things that I can happily do alone because when I get there I won't be on my own. E.g. au pairing, doing an organised volunteer thing in Fiji/Uganda/Costa Rica etc. But there are other things that I don't want to do alone, e.g. working abroad, doing an immersive language course abroad, and particularly InterRailing etc.
I don't want to miss out on half of the things I want to do due to not wanting to go on my own -- but equally I know I would feel a million times more comfortable doing them with someone else, not to mention I'm sure I'd have a better time and not have to feel as isolated/bored.
Rant over (why do I always start writing novels when I come on TSR?!!) but it's such a struggle.
For now I guess I'm going to focus on getting a job here near home to get my bank account up a couple of months, and then I'll just focus on the things that I am happy to go and do on my own. But I'll also put it out there that I'm open to finding a travel buddy for those things that, let's be honest, I'm not going to end up doing by myself. PM's are open to anyone interested