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Christine1245 Posted 4 months ago
Has anyone travelled solo before? I have very itchy feet and want to visit new places.

I’m early 50’s married with kids but feel like I need to travel a bit on my own. I don’t know where to start & I also feel apprehensive about going alone. I’ve looked at a river cruise, would it be awkward being a single amongst couples? Any thoughts please ? Thank you

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    • Cerie’s time4travel 12th August 2021 at 4:15 pm

      Did you get the private message I sent you?

    • Incurably Curious 24th August 2021 at 4:05 pm

      Hello Christine
      Go for it! I have been traveling on my own for ten years now as I refused to wait for someone to come along and join me. Take a book and a when you go to eat you can just sit and read that. I always find someone to chat with because I am on my own and I do not mean necessarily by people in couples. Personally, a cruise would not be for me as I could not escape if I needed too 🙂 but seriously the world is there for your taking (well after COVID) be brave, be strong and go for it. Good luck.


    • Junebug 24th August 2021 at 5:20 pm

      This has been really great reading for me.

      It will be three years in November since I lost my husband, and with one thing and another (COVID etc.) I am now at stage that I can think about booking a solo holiday.

      Definitely going to go for it now.

    • Deleted User 25th August 2021 at 12:22 pm

      I have travelled solo and also moved overseas to work very last minute. Do your research of place to visit, research the Consulate advisory service of the country visiting and have fun.

    • Linde 26th August 2021 at 11:23 am

      Hello, Chris tine, go for it! You have the time now pre sumably to enjoy it. If you are thinking of river cruises, I would suggest one down the Rhein, there is always a whole range of people, all interested in other places and countries. You can probably travel from Holland , down through Germany, as far as the Swiss border!
      Another favourite of ours is a trip on the Danube, from Passau on the German border to Vienna, the capital of Austria, and you can go further into Hungary and beyond! The scenery in both cases is absolutely stunning, with castles, churches, old fortresses, quaint villages, wine-tasting, etc. Let’s have some snapshots, please! All the best ( wish I were still your age, I’d come!) best wishes, Linde

    • Maureen51 26th August 2021 at 12:50 pm

      I travel alone all the time, all over the world. Its not at all bad, and I have met summe interesting people along the way. So I could recommend doing it to anyone.

    • Maureen51 26th August 2021 at 1:02 pm

      I think the most important thing to know is check out where your going, rest about the do’s and don’ts. I think doing a cruise is just exchanging one home for another. I went to India for 6 weeks 2 years ago, i got a travel agent to help me with the planning and hired a driver who took me wherever I wanted, stopped wherever I wanted, evenings i did my own thing I moved around quite a bit. I stayed on a houseboat for one night having “rolled on the river” all day. They guys on the boat were great we stopped for me to get an oil massage and to get a bottle of wine for dinner which they cooked, it was great fun. Furthermore, i went to Bombay on my next trip out was also great fun. I have been to other countries Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Italy Holland. You can travel very well on a budget if you don’t have a great deal of money. I would recommend it to anybody and its fun.

    • SiouxZee 27th August 2021 at 8:00 am

      I started travelling on my own a few years ago. My first trip was to Spain for 4 nights. I was apprehensive too but once I got there, I loved it. I have since gone away both in the UK and abroad alone and have not wanted to come home! Lol The only thing I avoid is going out alone at night. Once I’ve eaten dinner I tend to go back to my room and read or watch TV. Purely my own choice for safety. Otherwise, during the day, I go on boat trips, dine out and drink in bars without feeling uncomfortable around other couples. Once you do it, you will want to do it again and again 😊

    • Christopher Brand 27th August 2021 at 8:10 pm

      If you want to go to some really nice places look for “I had a dream”(Colorado), “Koh Samui” (Thailand) “Hong Kong”, or “Fly the Wye” Wye Valley South Wales by going to http://www.vimeo.com/chrisrichardsonbrand and watching the films that I have made about those places, amongst others.

    • Brighton Belle 28th August 2021 at 9:09 am

      Yes travelled solo to Cyprus for daughter’s wedding then Espana soon …..

    • S Stokes 28th August 2021 at 9:59 am

      Hi Christine you could have a look at Just You they specialise in travel for solo travellers.

    • Dutch Sonja 28th August 2021 at 10:40 am

      I love traveling on my own. It is now my preferred choice. I have friends who eagerly would like to join me but it can be restrictive. I am just not one for organised tours or cruises. My first solo trip was some 11 years back and it was to Indonesia. I had to get used to eating alone in places. It is so liberating and empowering to realise what you are capable of doing on your own. I wandered the streets of Costa Rica , Nicaragua, India, Vietnam and many more places around the world solo getting lost at times but always managed to end up where I intended to go. When travelling alone you tend to make more contact with other solo travellers and sometimes spent a couple of days on the road.
      I ensure I check in frequently at home thanks to local SIM cards with cheapo data plans so to ensure some safety measures without going overboard. Get yourself guided by your instinct and even thought I used to hitchhike a lot it is something I try to avoid if there are other options available. The world is big and beautiful and it is a win win to explore it solo. It is the best teacher for self discovery. Good luck 🌻

    • BARRIE 21st September 2021 at 9:50 am

      I’ve travelled a lot onmy own since losing my partner almost 3 years ago. I’ve enjoyed it, but not as much as having someone with me. I would love to meet someone to meet up often for a morning coffe and the like.

    • starfish 21st September 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Along the same lines, my previous travelling companion is no longer able to travel. i miss the days out and long weekends.
      Anyone in same boat ?

    • Ja-59 21st September 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Hi – I have travelled all over the world on my own and with friends. It is daunting the first time but I would say definately do it. Riviera Travel do cruises for solo travellers which look really tempting – I’ve never done a cruise before myself. Good luck Happy cruising x

    • Ginnyhb 5th October 2021 at 11:17 am

      I used a company called Solo’s and went to India and Nepal. Worth every penny

    • vaughanpauline 5th October 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Once you gwt used to your own company the travel is easy, remember your never really alone nowadays when you have your phone with you.

      Ive done a lot of uk travel this year and never felt i missed have somone with me. While in Scotland i pushed myself out of my comfort zone to stay in a b&b above a pub., staff were fantastic.

      Im off to Madrid soon., the middle east at xmas (family) and just deciding where i want to go, thats open, in the new year.

      If things were back to normal id be off to Thailand or India but i may settle for sothern Italy or Tenerife.

      I enjoy going where i want when i want, maybe nit eating till evening and having days doing nothing special

    • Sixpence 6th October 2021 at 1:26 am

      I have just booked my first solo river cruise and looking forward to it. Am
      happy that those of you who have travelled on them say it’s a good experience

    • Deleted User 6th October 2021 at 2:24 am

      Start small and work your way up 😊

    • Linpap 6th October 2021 at 6:01 am

      I’ve travelled a lot by myself admittedly often just from where I was living overseas to come back for visits to UK, now I live here I regularly travel back to stay with friends especially in Spain but also France, US and Canada. I often used to travel with just my baby in arms fellow passengers were always really kind sometimes a bit too helpful like when someone picked up the buggy whisked it through customs took me ages to find again! I don’t even know if it’s still possible to do but I spent one summer delivering cars for people in US they would pay to have their car driven to their new address thousands of miles away one especially memorable trip was from Chicago to LA stopped off at GrandCanyon on the way when I eventually arrived was invited to use the pool have supper stay the night it was a great free way to travel I am not very tall always find other passengers helpful putting my luggage into overhead racks and often strike up conversations but I always have a book with me so I can at least pretend read when I don’t want to chat

    • Haighw20 6th October 2021 at 10:45 am

      Hi my late husband had Alzheimer’s so I went away twice on my own whilst he was in care I found it very liberating only having myself to think of
      People speak to you and treat you with respect just go for it life’s short!
      I’m 68 now and have made a new life for myself with a new partner I live everyday as though it were my last !hope this helps you to go on holiday as a solo .

    • BARRIE 7th October 2021 at 12:03 pm

      I’ve travelled solo most of the time over 25 years. I’ve just booked solo Caribbean cruise for February. The downside is travel ionsurance as I’ll be 80 when I fly to New York. If I can do it at 80 so can anybody. I went to Goa for 3 months, alone when I retired at 67.

    • Estaban55 7th October 2021 at 3:46 pm

      Hi. I am 66 (Male) recently divorced and used to go on mid week coach trips with my Ex Wife. I have had 2 trips this year on my own and find that the other passengers on the coach are more than happy to include you in with their conversations if you feel that you want too. The only down side is that you have to pay extra for single rooms.

    • Maureen67 9th October 2021 at 9:03 am

      Hello Christine.
      I’ve just returned from 5 days solo travel. I started out with my son for a few days, but then we separated and went to different countries.
      I was in Poland (Krakow), Czech (Prague) and Belgium (Brussels) on my own.
      I travelled everywhere by train, with an Interrail Pass.
      I’m almost 68 and have never done anything like this before.
      It was an amazing experience.
      I don’t speak any of the languages, but I did learn how to say ‘yes, no, please and thank you’ in each country I visited. There’s always someone who speaks English in European cities.
      I have no regrets and would love to do it again.

      • Linpap 10th October 2021 at 8:56 am

        I’m thinking of inter railing again in my retirement did three great trips when I was young and think I would appreciate it in a different way now (and hopefully wouldn’t be pestered by men as I sometimes was in my twenties – or maybe I’d be flattered now? 🤣🤔😉)

        • Maureen67 10th October 2021 at 11:55 am

          Yes, I think you’re right. It will be different from when you did it in your twenties. (Though I never did).
          This was my first solo travel by rail, but I went to Amsterdam on my own three years ago and I loved it.
          I do have a tendency to get lost, but that just adds to the pleasure, because I end up seeing things I’d have missed if I’d not got lost. 😁

    • Cheers on toast 10th October 2021 at 8:17 am

      I do it all the time. I often stay in Air BNBs so you get local knowledge and on a few occasions a host who is happy to join me for a night out.

    • Linpap 10th October 2021 at 8:57 am

      Yes AirBnB is so useful usually good value and you have that host for local info

    • [email protected] 10th October 2021 at 11:09 am

      After loosing my husband suddenly, I went on to holidays with a Tucan travel, sadly due to Covid no longer around. But they were great . Both trips only had 4 of us plus tour leader.I went to Cambodia & Vietnam then Sri Lanka. It was really good. The first time I did pay extra but the second time I didn’t. They had a policy if you chose to share but no one else did you only paid as if you were sharing not a single supplement . I would recommend travel solo

    • BARRIE 10th October 2021 at 12:53 pm

      I’m going on my first cruise ever in February and am going solo. I would love a female travelling companion, but all the females I know won’t do cruising.

    • alka763 16th October 2021 at 1:09 pm

      Went to Madeira on my own. It was unplanned as a friend was ill at the last minute.
      But was glad I went .It is friendly and welcoming Lots to see and do.
      Just ask at which ever hotel you stay at they will give all details and a map.
      You can do a tour by taxi or local coach. Or if you like walking and hiking there are plenty of pathways across the Island and lots of places of history in the town as well as good food.

    • Tim17 16th October 2021 at 8:05 pm

      I’ve travelled alone a few times mainly far east Bali n crete it’s good once u get use to it meals times cant be the worst at main times so I also eaten during not these times but once u get the hunger theres no stopping I say good luck