I enjoy travelling solo to conferences geared around my hobbies of interest. Right now that is ufology & bigfoot. No matter what your hobby, there are folks gathering to learn, experience and meet like finded folk. Weekend conferences or out of state - it is fun!
I started going places by myself when I was in my 30s with my dog. I went camping to nearby state parks and went hiking. Then, when I worked at a reservation center for a hotel chain, I started using the employee rate at the hotels to go to places I had never been to see plays and museums, etc. Had I not gone by myself or waited until someone went with me, I never would have gone or seen the things I have done and seen.
For me, I'm not one that has to travel with a lot of luggage or even one big bag especially if it's just a weekend getaway, so I can just use a backpack to carry what I want to take and don't have to deal with or worry about lost luggage or having to handle a lot of luggage or toiletries since most hotels nowadays have the little soaps and shampoos in their bathrooms.
It's okay to want to travel alone. It's an exciting time to go and do/see the things you've always wanted to do/see, especially if no one else wants to do it with you. It's a chance to explore the things that you find exciting for yourself and whether it's something you like or not.
For me, if your family and/or friends worry about you traveling by yourself, talk with them to let them know where you're going, how you're getting there and where you're staying and that it's only for emergencies. Any trip I've ever taken, I've let my parents know so they know where I'm at in case they need to get a hold of me in an emergency and I've let them know when I've arrived in town and at the hotel. Then again when I've left at the end of the trip. BUT I have never regretted any of the trips I've taken. I mean, how could I have regretted the trip to go see Carol Burnett in person or to see Cher or TSO in concert? Memories are better than regrets!
I took my first solo cruise last September. It was the best cruise I’ve been on so far. I was nervous about going alone, but ended up meeting lots of people. I only did activities alone if I wanted to. I went to the sail away party and immediately met someone. She talked me into going to the ship’s singles get-together. It turned out to be mostly women of my age. From then on I had many interesting and fun travel companions. Try it!
I started solo travel right after my husband died about 6 yr ago. Big step. But started with Grand Circle Travel, so never truly alone. It was great and exciting. But now, as a 79 year old woman, it is getting to be more a burden. The hassle of carrying luggage, airline glitches, and getting to the airport and back are just too much and exhausting. Now i travel with my daughter and her husband. They handle the luggage and travel arrangements . We've been to Greece, Spain, Big Bear Lake, Calif., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We are all compatible. I am safe and happy, and not exhausted from the hassle. Solo travel is great but not sure after age 75.
Your first solo trip can be intimidating until you start the adventure. Solo travel is SO MUCH MORE EXCITING. You can do what you want when you want. You can arrange you travel through an agent, especially for international travel, and still insert days for "just hanging out and doing your thing".
I have only had 2 people that I can travel with because we were of the same ilk. No hangups about having to do everything together. This is very important. Solo travel allows you to discover your inner self and that is what is all about. Visiting/experiencig where you have always wanted to go and having a feeling of accomplishment in your life.
Having taken trips with others in the past, I much prefer my own company. If I meet people in my travels, great and if I don't, so be it. I'd rather do as I please than acquiesce to the pleasures of others.
I could CARE LESS about inconveniencing or boring the other person. When I travel, I travel for me and no one else. As "chronologicaly superior" individuals we know what we want and what we like.
I love to travel solo, especially internationally, so that I can experience new adventures and meet a lot of great people. The first thing that I do is make friends with the bartender at all of the hotels that I am staying at. They are a great source of information on LOCAL sites and fun things to do that you or your arranged trip planner may not include!
I have traveled solo overseas and the states doing genealogy and love it. I set my own schedule and place where I want to go. Research where and when, connect with people who are doing my family abroad was wonderful! I have also travelled with friends and their family and it was fun too. Both solo and with people have their perks and bumps, just remember to do your a lot of research.
I travel solo on some trips as wife does not want to go to some countries. I enjoy it. I'm active and hike/walk, sometimes rent a bike, for a good part of the day. I'm happy enjoying the scenery and being out in new places. I meet people briefly which I enjoy. I generally stay in B&B's which also gives me some social time in mornings, sometimes evenings. Works for me.
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I mainly enjoy travelling solo because it reduces the conflicts about where and when to go. There are no compromises that have to be made. I am free to come and go as I please. Can stay in one museum or gallery as long as I may want. Can walk and tour as far as I wish. Can eat when and what I like at any given time. In essence, I enjoy the freedom solo travel provides.
However, there are some good points about shared travel. The one main thing is simply having the company of another person as well as having someone to enjoy the experience with; the building of lasting memories that we can share together years down the line. Also, there is the safety factor as well. Sometimes the world can be a dangerous place. So as they say, "There's safety in numbers."
I like solo traveling because all of my friends are married and they prefer to go traveling with their husbands. I like to travel solo but with a travel company. They prepare the itinerary and make the air reservations and all I have to do is show up at the airport and go. It is a lot less hassle and I don't have to think about anything. I meet many people that are also traveling solo on these trips and we hook up and go together. It is a lot of fun and you really aren't alone, you are with a group. The travel company I like to use is Grand Circle Travel.
Nowadays, I generally travel with my partner (since we live in neighboring but different countries, it's a good part of our together time), but we've learned to accept each other's different wants: he likes lunch and I go shopping; he can stay put and think or write while I tour the sights; we narrow down the shared dessert by a process of elimination; and when I'm driving I've got a navigator - especially handy in England & New Zealand (if that ambassador's wife had had one, she probably wouldn't have been on the wrong side of the road). However, I was in Japan for 4 weeks before he joined me and had a marvelous time, but booked accomodations beforehand, and no place on earth is safer than Japan. Also, in my twenties, I went on a 5-week trip to Mexico and met some interesting travel companions from France for part of it. I also went on a 5-month tour of Europe with a friend who went home earlier, and that's when I really met people. They are more likely to approach you if you're single (though you have to know how to avoid unwanted encounters).
I totally agree!!! You can always add a day or two of "free time" at each stop so that you can explore on your own. I have my trips planned by Audley Travel out of Boston, MA and I have never been disappointed. A bit on the pricy side but everything is taken care of, including airport pick-up, and whatever you want on your itinerary.
I don't have a preference between solo travel or shared travel. I travel solo because most of the time there isn't someone available who can travel with me on the same schedule. Also traveling is like living with someone, he has to be a really good fit.
I like traveling solo because it's more relaxing where you do have to cater to or worry about another person's feelings, comfort level, etc. In shared traveling there is a lot of worrying about the other person/people.