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SOLO TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Lest make a list of the best destinations for solo travel. Suggest your favourite destination and tell the reasons.

 

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I travel solo for a number of reasons. 

 

In the U.S.:

1) I like being able to go at my own pace, seeing what I am interested in, when and where. 2) I don't get a lot of time off and our slow season is around the holidays when all my friends are tied up with family. 3) Also, while many of my friends talk about going places here, they will rarely actually do it. 

 

International:

I'm taking my first international trip this year - solo but with Smithsonian Journeys to South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. My friends think it's cool, adventurous, and slightly crazy. Why spend all that money do go into the African bush instead of bebopping around Europe? They have a hard time understanding that I want to live and experience diverse cultures, see amazing wildlife and build a wealth of memories.

 

I've already booked a trip on the Amazon River in Peru for next year, and the following year will be Nepal and Bhutan. My goal is to set foot on every continent - including Antarctica - in the next 5 years.

 

Meanwhile they're heading off to London, Scotland, cruising the Danube, or lounging at all-inclusive Caribbean resorts.

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Congratulations @cheryls153169 on all of your exciting solo journeys and travel goals! I also want to go to Antarctica sometime before long. How was your southern Africa trip? I'm planning my own solo trip there next month. 

 


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I travel solo for a number of reasons. 

 

In the U.S.:

1) I like being able to go at my own pace, seeing what I am interested in, when and where. 2) I don't get a lot of time off and our slow season is around the holidays when all my friends are tied up with family. 3) Also, while many of my friends talk about going places here, they will rarely actually do it. 

 

International:

I'm taking my first international trip this year - solo but with Smithsonian Journeys to South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. My friends think it's cool, adventurous, and slightly crazy. Why spend all that money do go into the African bush instead of bebopping around Europe? They have a hard time understanding that I want to live and experience diverse cultures, see amazing wildlife and build a wealth of memories.

 

I've already booked a trip on the Amazon River in Peru for next year, and the following year will be Nepal and Bhutan. My goal is to set foot on every continent - including Antarctica - in the next 5 years.

 

Meanwhile they're heading off to London, Scotland, cruising the Danube, or lounging at all-inclusive Caribbean resorts.




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I wouldn't travel any other way.  After retirement I too off without any specific

plans except to end up in Wisconsin to see my old homes.  Didn't even decide

which traffic route to use until the morning I left.  Decided at an intersection.

 

Did stop anywhere, from the Spam factory (honest!), to Washington DC.  Travelled mostly side roads instead of interstate and stopped at small

towns to eat  and met many interesting people who loved to talk about

their towns and lives. Ended up in all the New England states, skipped

New York City (sensible), down to Florida, New Orleans, etc.  Gone for

about two months.  Would love to do another one, but age 87 makes me

cautious about my abilities in heavy traffic.  But if you want to go, friends,

GO!  Pay no attention to those who are horrified that you DARE to do

such a thing ---    enjoy!   

 

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I simply adore your free spirit approach to travelling!!!
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I started traveling solo by necessity rather than choice.  I became a widow at a younger age and decided unless I wanted to stay home the rest of my life, I needed to go alone.  My friends and family still had families of their own and couldn't always take time when I was ready to go.  At the time, I was traveling for work and normally I went alone so off I went.  

 

My first trip alone was a cruise.  I paid the single supplement, which means I basically paid for 2 but I never felt alone.  There was always someone to talk to no matter what I was doing.  I took some of the group tours but mostly stayed on the ship or at the docks.  I took an itinerary that I had been on before so I didn't feel I had to hurry to see everything.  It was very enjoyable.  For most of the last 10 years, I've gone away for Christmas.  I may spend Christmas alone but I spend it at the beach!

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I started travel w/ an Air Force friend who left our neighborhood and told me I had to experience the world.  As she traveled w/out me and I focused on my child, she had gone all the places of interest to me or picked up other travel mates and even a boyfriend past 65.  That meant stay home or go alone. Like you, friends had no funds, no interest, no vacation.  Off I went and never looked back.   Have wished family could experience, and someday I may help the grands enjoy some off my experiences.  Admire your continuing to keep going.  Never feel obligated to do what I don't want to do or work my schedule around slower people (many friends/family lazy walkers & overweight) or wait for Miss Model to apply make-up & color coordinate for the day.  You sound like you have no regrets. 

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thanks I really like that idea..I seem to get worse as the years go by..I would be ok except for all of the music and ads and commercial stuff..So I think that I will go to a beach for this Christmas ..thanks

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I’d like to hear the reasons people chose to travel solo.  I’ve never traveled solo but I’m sure it has some good points.  My preference is to travel with family, friends and small groups. I like the security of knowing someone especially in a foreign land.

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"....I’d like to hear the reasons people chose to travel solo.  I’ve never traveled solo but I’m sure it has some good points.....".

 

Wife and I travel quite a bit, mainly hiking in national parks in U.S. and Canada. But, I travel solo to UK every year because DW won't fly for 8 hours, over the pond. I would prefer we both go, but she doesn't mind me going, and I don't want to skip these trips. I do stay in B&B's, so I have some interaction with other people.

   So, I 'choose' to go solo because I like traveling to the U.K. As I stated in earlier postings, I'm comfortable traveling there with a common language (until you get further north with those unintelligible accents Smiley Tongue).


 


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You sound like a loving community person.  A family focused individual who smiles when surrounded by those you love.  If you can enjoy the things of interest to you and be surrounded by the community you love, you are very lucky.  I don't feel that way about most people in my life and our interests vary greatly.  Travel together would create enemies.  I like the freedom of spending hours in museums of interest to me. I climb steps and read historical references at every stop.  I try new foods and keep a neat space.  One of my my worse trips was a slob "on vacation" from cleaning and common sense.  New music and time w/ a book is not wasted (per one relative) but enjoyable experiences for me. Don't demand to know what time I will eat breakfast.  Without familiar family & friends, I'm forced to expand my adventures.  Being on my own forced advance research which also makes me a sharper traveler.  BUT: If you are lucky enough to love your expanded neighborhood of love and support at home and on vacation, then enjoy every moment.  I have never had that. 

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As I read your posting I thought to myself. "Hey, I could have written that!" I have found that getting a vacation rental in a place that I would really like to explore is a great way to go. One time I rented an apartment in Portland Oregon for a month. That allowed me to get a good grip on public transportation and to explore various parts of the city at length. I enjoyed going to second-hand shops and Portland seems to have many of them along with excellent public transportation.

Another time several months after my husband died, I just needed to get away to someplace I've never been to before and I didn't really care where it would be. Some years before I head gone to Honolulu with Elderhostel, volunteering to work at the zoo for a couple of weeks. Now you can find their trips by going to Road Scholar. They were going to be heading to New Zealand, a place I've never been to where they speak English and that never seems to be part of the dreadful news reports. Joining a Road Scholar educational tour is fine for me and since I'm willing to share a room with another Solo Traveler, I do not have to pay the single supplement, which ordinarily would deter me from making a trip. Road Scholar programs are not overly demanding and are offered according to your own activity preference. I have found there's plenty of free time for my own exploration and perhaps getting somewhat acquainted with local people. I enjoy taking public transportation, because if I see something interesting I can hop off and continue my trip when I'm ready or simply go back to my accommodation.

Of course there are pros and cons to any life experience, but for me solo travel suits me just fine. On the other hand, being with a small group for 10 days is not a problem, because I have found that I enjoy being with people as much as I enjoy being alone. Joining a group like Road Scholar gets you behind the scenes at some locations and provides you with lectures by local experts. Such would not be available to a typical Solo Traveler. I hope that what I've shared enables somebody else to have a unique and thoroughly enjoyable vacation.
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I prefer traveling alone because I hate the phrase "what do you want to do"? I want to be able to get up when I want, go where I want, stop when I want, go when I want, and not worry about what anyone else wants to do. It's selfish but, there you are.

 

 Seriously though, you get to meet new people at every stop . You have the flexibility to change your mind and be spontaneous. That makes life and travel so much better. I have traveled by myself since 1972 . I do sometimes travel with family, friends, and occasionally (very occasionally) i travel with a group. I don't like being told what to do so group travel is not my first choice. The only reason I travel with the group is to to a place that might seem unsafe for a single woman. There really aren't that many places like that so I have only traveled with a group twice in my life.

 

 I highly recommend solo travel. Go to the Internet and look up solo travel. You'll be surprise how many blogs and websites appear that are dedicated to solo travel. Sign up with them and you will become confident in traveling by yourself.

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Love your comments. Sensible suggestions for the uninitiated.
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after several trips to France, and one soon to Italy, I have incorporated an art class or short tours as part of my travels.  I don't like to be tied to a tour that organizes your every minute, but there are part-time classes or companies that give short tours, which have worked for me.  In my early 70's, I like some connection to other people including locals. Most art classes I've seen will cater to beginners as well as experienced artists.  But there are other classes to search for: art tours, architecture, cultural, cooking, language, etc.  In several cases I have clicked enuf with a fellow classmate to spend some of our free time touring, but not always.  I am an independent person, so I do not go expecting a connection. On a minor accident in Paris sent me by ambulance to hospital, I was faced with French only treatment.  I speak on an intermediate level but I was concerned about a possible wound infection later and a local person sent me to the "American" hospital on the western outskirts of Paris, multilingual treatment and I felt much more secure.  PS. Medicare doesn't cover this, but my AARP supplement plan covered about 3/4 of my bills on my return.  The first bill btw, for ambulance, X-rays, splinting and suturing was less than €100 and the "American" hospital was about €100.  Please understand, I was more concerned about a shin wound (not needing suturing) which remained very swollen and I wanted to be sure it was not infected later.  I have no criticism of my first hospital treatment except my medical language knowledge.

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I've always preferred to travel alone.  I've toured 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've always preferred to travel alone.  I've toured Seattle by myself, parts of Oregon, camped along the Sand Dunes in SW Colorado, gone deep sea fishing out of Westport, WA and Depot Bay, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I travel solo with Tauck.   I feel well cared for and have met other wonderful solo travelers.

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A friend who is in her 30s has been to many countries and speaks only English.  She says she's  been to many foreign countries and the language barrier doesn't deter her from experiencing other cultures.  She travels light with a backpack. 

 

If there are physical disabilities to deal with, that could be a problem; but if you're in fair  to good health plan now.  There are families who rent spare rooms in different countries, and could help in getting around sans maps and advice on places to see.  Sometimes staying with families is better than staying in a hotel or being with a tour group.  Plus maybe you will have made friends for life. Travel is less complicated if you go with the flow,  wear comfortable shoes, take plenty of pics, relax and enjoy.

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(It would be so nice if AARP didn't take up the top 1/3 of the page with their banner.)

 

I just came back from five days in the desert. Spent two nights in the Guadaulpe Mountains, but had to leave because it was too crowded (half the 20 campsites were taken, so yeah...too many people). So, it was back to Angel Peak in NW New Mexico.

 

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I always travel solo. And the places I go, I have to take everything I need (including an ample supply of water). The solitude is what I enjoy the most. I had neighbors this time, but they were a young couple who were quiet & left me alone. This probably wouldn't suit most folks, though, as there's no water, no electricity, the closest town is 15 miles away, but there is internet. It's fair hot during the day, but a breeze is always blowing. In fact, there was a decent breeze my second night...+50mph winds and a bit of rain. (AARP doesn't recognize the URL of my video link.) Most folks probably don't want to go through the work of setting up camp & sleeping on the ground, either. I'm starting to feel that way, so I might invest in a folding cot for my next trip.

 

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Thanks for your feedback and sahring your story! what a lovely photo!!!! souds you had a great experience! 🙂 when you travel-do you pick the country and the place randomply, you have you wish lits or how do you make a desition?

Also, what's your favourite solo travel destination and why?

Thanks!

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"....when you travel-do you pick the country and the place randomply, you have you wish lits or how do you make a desition? Also, what's your favourite solo travel destination and why?...".

 

Speaking for myself, I'm an Anglophile. I'm interested in the U.K. as we share so much history, language, common law, and similar 'social issues'. I like their form of government.I love the architecture of the Cotswold homes and their castles.

   Even though one can travel virtually anywhere, without knowing the language, I feel more confortable traveling solo where I can read the signs, speak to virtually anyone (although so many people know English in so many countries). 

    But, many people want to experience cultures unlike their own, so going to the U.K. might seem uninteresting to them.


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I've lived in England travelled all 50 states only 13 countries but STILL my favorite is England and the Cotswolds is my favorite EVER!!

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I just read peoples comments about traveling solo and I thought I would chime in on one of my experiences. I've traveled all over the United states with some friends, family members but mostly by myself. Most of my solo travels are by default because when I'm ready to go I just go (usually no one can do that like me (that I know)). I find traveling solo is very easy to do so so back in 2006 I decided I needed to go to Australia and New Zealand. For me, I have specific goals which are as follows:

Not to look like a tourist (when people ask you for directions you know you look like the locals)

Learn what it would be like to live there (I walk the neighborhoods)

Find the beaches and golf courses

Learn the public transportation 

Have fun!!

I spent 5 days in Sydney, 5 days in Melbourne and 5 in Auckland,

An experience I'll never forgret, I met people from all over the world and even people from my own neighborhood back home...this is truly a small world.

 

Looking to do it again soon, but this time it will be a walk/ euro-pass ride from Rome Italy to Barcelona Spain. Looking for someone to share the adventure.

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Love your free spirit approach!!
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Most of my road trips are throughout the desert Southwest. I like the vast expanses of nothingness and the solitude. On my trip last spring, 3300 miles through five states, I actually had reservations at predetermined stops. During my 2700 mile motorcycle trip in 2015, I stopped where I stopped & rolled the dice as far as getting a roof over my head. I always carry a map, 'cuz I can't depend on T-mobile and their shoddy service. I've been lucky so far...never been stranded, never had any trouble with critters (two- or four-legged), no breakdowns, two wheels or four. I've seen a lot, but there's a lot more out there yet to be seen.

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I'm a solo traveler when I go overseas. But I don't really understand what a 'best' destination would be. You can go (almost) anywhere, solo. There are certainly some destinations with some dangerous areas. Some city centers are great during the day, not so much at night.

   So, I don't really understand what you're looking for.  I have my favorite areas to visit, but has nothing to do with traveling solo.


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Oh absolutely we can go anywhere. But what i meant was the bets and your favourite. We all have our favourite cities and countries. So tough we could share out favourite destinations 🙂

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We are more than happy to see more and more people traveling on their own. Sometimes our buddies are busy and can’t make it. This shouldn’t stop us from traveling. Besides, we are surrounded by people every day, so to be on your own is very beneficial-you have a chance to get to know yourself and the world better, you have freedom, peace and flexibility. We also want to say, that Dublin would be the perfect place for solo traveling! Why? The number one reason why people say “no” to solo traveling is that they are afraid to feel lonely. In Dublin nobody feels lonely. Its a beautiful and cosmopolitan city, rich in history and full of friendly people.In 2016 Dublin was voted the 3rd mots friendly city in the world.People in the bars,pubs or on the streets will always give you directions, help you with any question you have and give you advises and tips. if you were to come to Dublin, check out top things to do in Dublin, tips and advises and much much more https://www.mrdublinguide.ie/things-to-do/ Dublin is a city of craic (fun). So have fun and enjoy every single minute of it.
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@m992572m - I was in Dublin many years ago; back in the late 1970s, a few years after college graduation. I was on a tour, but found the food in Ireland wonderful, and the people very friendly. I wish we'd had more time in Dublin (but I think people always say that on tours, about the larger cities)! 🙂


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