21.7.12

7 Tips for Travelling Alone

As someone who lives alone and who has spent much of her career freelancing, it’s safe to say that I’m pretty comfortable in my own company. When it comes to travelling, however, it’s a different story. I like sharing the experience with someone else, be it a friend, boyfriend, family member or colleague. I like having someone to share thoughts and ideas with, someone to put me right when I'm heading down the street in the wrong direction, someone to fret with when it's 3am and the bus that's meant to take me from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville is 2 hours late.

I recently stood over the spot Hitler's bunker used to be ­– the place in which he spent his last days before taking his own life. I looked around at all the residential buildings in the area and thought: 'Jesus, can you imagine waking up every morning and looking out onto this?' Alas, there was no-one to whom I could ask the question, for I was in Berlin alone. I don't make it a habit to travel this way. I’ve been to around 20 countries, few of which I visited without some sort of company. As such, I may not be best placed to issue this advice, but I have a couple of stories to share that might be useful...

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7 comments:

  1. And, yes, I really did post this at 3.38am so please forgive any typos etc.

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  2. Good tips. I would say most of these apply whether you're travelling alone or not.

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  3. 20 countries? Wow. Which ones?

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    1. Around 20 (I was stopping over in the last three you see):

      Bangladesh, France, USA (New York, Miami, Chicago), Barbados, Tunisia, Thailand, Spain, Mexico, UAE, Holland, Belgium, Morocco, Iceland, Italy, Cambodia, Maldives, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea and Sri Lanka.

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  4. I'd say actually in many ways its better to be on your own so you can do what YOU want to do and not compromise! I mean.. when it comes down to dragging someone along for company's sake - unless you know for sure they're going to want to do the same things as you.
    as a girl travelling on your own is the whole night-time thing of walking into a bar unaccompanied - seems to be the one time though it is useful to hijack a companion - otherwise you can spend too much time fending off (presumably) unwanted attention. this is the one thing i've found needs some thinking about, which annoys me, because i always like to do things on the spur of the moment

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  5. Just wanted to say thanks for this. I loved it. Made a fellow world traveller smile (and think)... too few writers can do that these days.

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    1. Thanks, John. I'm glad you liked :)

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