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rikkilee
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rikkilee
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Has anyone travelled alone?
I really want to see the world and not miss out on anything. Been thinking about doing Contiki tours as they seem to be the safest way to travel “alone”.

What are your opinions and/or tips??

x

posted about 3 years ago
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MiuSan
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Travelling alone doesn’t rly differ from travelling with someone when it comes to arrangements.

1. Take good care of yourself. The usual rules apply. Keep a copy of your passport to show if asked, the real thing, keep it hidden. Cash, cards etc. keep a minimal amount. Anyways these are a given to anyone travelling. Luggage can always be covered with insurance.

2. ALWAYS make sure people back home know where you are, exactly, at all times. Cannot stress this enough.

3. Depending on your route, check beforehand how the cultural athmosphere handles women travelling alone. Some parts of the world it is highly unrecommended to even walk the streets without an escort.

4. Internet is filled with other people travelling alone. There are sites that have communities where people tell about their routes and plans and so on. You can hook yourself up with a place to stay and some company from time to time and meet up new people, which is one of the coolest things travelling ^^

I got tons of things to say about this, but it would be one long ass reply! So I hope you genuinly consider this, since travelling is…well the next best thing since sliced bread!

posted about 3 years ago
 
rikkilee
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Thanks heaps for the tips! I have been looking at places I want to travel, just need to save up the money to do it!
But I am certain I am going to start travelling :D

x

posted about 3 years ago
 
kellbell87
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Same here! I wanna travel around Europe… it’ll be a dream come true! It would be awesome if our Chictopians in Europe would be down to meet us if we’re around the area and vice-versa if they come here. But I do plan on camping out in Europe for a few months whenever I make enough $$ to do it. I’m going to Barcelona next month and I’m beyond excited! Idc if I have to travel alone, I think it’s a great time for self-reflection.

posted about 3 years ago
 
BowsandGlitterxo
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i’ve travelled by myself but not to another country.

try to set up a time to check in with someone, or if your unable to talk give them a head so they are not worried. perhaps download locating devixce apps just in case!

try to look up someinformation about where you are going. although you may want to experience true culture, when getting advice from locals quickly check up if this is a safe area.

try to purchase a cross body purse with metal straps. this would make it harder for people to snatch your purse. also if your purse has zippers for stoarge on outside, flip the bag and keep the zipper towards you.

also try to find someone who has travelled to the same area for tips on what to pack, where to go, etc.

posted about 3 years ago
 
rikkilee
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I agree kellbell87! Would be awesome if people from chictopia were up for meeting and being a tour guide!
Definatley would be a good way to meet new people with the same interests’

Thank-you for all of your tips amd advice! Have been writing them all down in my notebook :)

Can anyone recommend somewhere really good to travel too? The only place I have ever been is to Bali!

X
with love x

posted about 3 years ago
 
MurasakiNeko
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I’ve traveled alone! Both domestically and internationally. I was really intimidated by the idea of it at first, but once I did it it ended up being more fun than I expected and I felt really proud and independent afterward.

Miu San and dressedupinlove’s tips are right on. It’s all about safety and preparedness. You do have to keep your mind on what you’re doing the whole time so you don’t lose track of your belongings or get lost. But I think traveling alone is so much easier now with the Internet (even if you just check it each night in a hostel or cafe) so you can check in with family members, look up destinations/locations so you don’t get lost, book tickets for things in advance in your native language, etc. I tried to plan my journeys out as much as I could beforehand and it gave me a lot of peace of mind.

And I do have to say, group tours can be fun, too, especially if you really love to meet new people. They can also be more comfortable if you’re very unfamiliar with the culture/language of the place you’ll be traveling in, know the place to be dangerous or difficult to travel as a woman alone, or if you’re new to traveling in general.

posted about 3 years ago
 
H07xox
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lots of people travel alone it’s normal don’t worry :)

posted about 3 years ago
 
rikkilee
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Thanks so much for your tips and advice guys :)

Looking forward to booking my adventure!!

<3

posted about 3 years ago
 
Chris213
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Wow! Good for you! I would love to travel to different places in the world, but don’t have anyone to go with (who has the spare time or money.) I’d be too scared to go alone though, so I give you props for even thinking about it!

posted about 3 years ago
 
rikkilee
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Haha thanks Chris.
Just received my contiki tour books yesterday so now I am very inspired to go and see the world.
Started planning. Thinking New York is the first stop :)

posted about 3 years ago
 
hpbburd95
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If you get to travel, that would be amazing. I wish I had the money right now. I’d be on a plane the first chance I could get.
The strongest thing I would recommend, mostly because it seems like common sense no matter where you went, but try not to make your self look like a tourist. Not in the sense that you refuse to ask to directions, cause that’s not what I’m trying to say. Most people take more advantage of you when you look like you have no clue what you’re doing. So, get information on where you going, so you can know how to make it there. If that makes sense! haha.
I wish you the best with your travels!
Hannah!

posted about 3 years ago
 
rikkilee
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I have set my goal for New York 2012 people :)

Anyone living in New York that would LOVE to be a travel guide for me let me know!

www.withxlove.blogspot.com

posted almost 3 years ago
 
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its really exciting to travel alone you can do what ever you want to .:)

posted almost 3 years ago
 
londonsummers
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travel alone you get to really connect with the place and the whole experience , i plan on going to nyc one summer alone .

posted almost 3 years ago
 
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Traveling alone is very exiting we can do what ever we want and enjoy with new friends and spend the holiday like a memorable holiday :)

posted almost 3 years ago
 
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Don’t be afraid to travel alone! Heed all those obvious travel tips and do some research beforehand and you should be golden!

I love to travel alone! I actually have a better time solo since I’m a bit adventurous.

I recommend Couchsurfing I’ve done it several times and lived to tell about it. It’s a great way to connect with locals in the area you’re visiting. And if you don’t want to contact specific people right away some of their meetups are usually really fun and low-pressure events in public places and usually budget-friendly. Some of my best friends from my 3 months in Munich were made from just going to a random meetup one day :)

posted almost 3 years ago
 
cakewithlegs
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i also agree that you shouldn’t be afraid to travel alone. i think you got some pretty good tips from other users – it’s important to stay safe and be aware of your surroundings! i will say that it’s nice to have a travel buddy or friends living or staying in the countries you’re visiting because you can get experiences you wouldn’t otherwise. it’s good to have people who know the area show you the ropes and you’ll get more than a ‘touristy’ experience :)

posted almost 3 years ago
 
JanelleEfe
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I’m only 17 but when I’m 18 and older I plan to take roadtrips all over the US with my friends, and hopefully see the WORLD when I have some cash and a bit older. I feel like it’s common sense, but just be wary of strangers. Not PARANOID, but definitely cautious because not everyone is as nice as we chictopians!

posted almost 3 years ago
 
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Want to do that too
but unfortunately I’m too afraid >.<
anyone want to go to Japan?
backpacker?

posted almost 3 years ago
 
JosephineLois
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Don’t do anything stupid like dancing on top of bar tables or getting drunk with strangers. Be wise and use your common sense. Don’t do anything that would put you in danger!

Solo travel for a female is totally safe. I’ve done it 4 times already:
2.5 month trip through Canada
2.5 week trip through French Canada
1 European Excursion through England, France, and Belgium
and my recent trip to Europe I went to Spain, Switzerland and the French Alps!

All amazing experiences where I met fellow travelers along the way and made great friends. It is definitely a learning experience. Also, if you book outside of a tour it would be much cheaper, but you would have to be very self-relient :) Good luck!

posted over 2 years ago
 
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RECOMMEND. Best time of my life.

posted about 2 years ago
 
crystaldots
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JasBanwait, where have you travelled?

Yes, it’s always been my dream to. I think that it’s a great way to “discover” yourself and it’s cheaper! Haha.

posted about 2 years ago
 
chanelchapel
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I traveled by myself a couple of times when I was young (like 10), not so much anymore, I go with my family. I do want to backpack around Europe someday though.

posted about 2 years ago
 
zerofussinfo
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One advice: don’t travel alone unless you’re mentally strong, meaning you’re ready for everything, because anything can happen and you’ll be alone to face it.

posted about 2 years ago
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