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Bit of a random post...I am about to go off on a trip, without my partner. I have travelled mostly alone before and consider myself a very independent traveller- so no problem there. I just thought when the time came to actually book the flight and get on flight it would all be fine, but I am hesistating when it comes to even buying my ticket. I'm not even going for that long - but I am worried missing him is going to change my trip and not in a good way.
People must do trips without their partners all the time? Just becuase you are in a relationship doesn't mean you have to be joined at the hip, right? Have you done it? How did you find it? Anyway any thoughts or experiences would be great :)
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this is quite ridiculous and I almost feel ashamed to be asking this, but after lots of thinking and postponing I thought it was time to get it out and maybe seek for someone who went through the same experience and is now a happy and confident solo traveller :)
I'm 28 y.o., I left home (Italy) when I was 22 and since then I've been living and working in the UK. Taking this into account, I believe I shouldn't be more worried than I was then, but I'm not! Weirdly, I'm actually scared. I've been brave enough to start my life from scratch in a new place when i was much younger, but it seems to me that now I'm afraid of taking few weeks off on my own.
I don't know why, I guess I'm just afraid of getting bored all on my own (which is stupid as I always spend lots of time alone!), or to be unable to have someone to say "look!" as well as to get all shy and miss the oppo... more »
For those that have been around the world and back, what are the things that every traveller should know?
- Unless you want to confuse a lot of people in Sri Lanka, make sure you nod for “no” and shake your head for "yes"
- NEVER call a waitress in Argentina señora. It means Mrs (=old) and hell hath no fury like an angry, insulted Argentinian waitress.Stay safe with Señorita or Chica.
- That no matter where you go in the world, there will be some smart arse that claims to have gone there "before it was ruined"... (cf. Berlin in the last decade, Prague in the decade before).
What are all your thoughts?
... as some dreople pink I am....
(Although, after a long period of absence, two glasses of rum have almost done for me.)
If you want Jamilla to sing while marching please sign this petition.
How many countries celebrate this festival?
And, out of those which do, how many have the foggiest notion what it's all about?
In the past 20 years it seems to have spread to the UK, never having been part of our heritage before. But what it involves is kids from the estate dressing up in dustbin liners and the like, knocking on our doors, and doing what I can only describe as demanding money with menaces. Being an old sourpuss, I usually go out for the evening.
In Canada and the USA - and starting up here now - it seems to involve fancy dress of an ever more outlandish nature, often having nothing to do with the reason for this christian (or pagan, if you will) feast day.
My SiL asked me to suggest a halloween costume for her. I said "be radical - go as yourself." She didn't get it.
She's a university professor, yet when I asked her what she thought halloween was abou... more »
... I got up at around 2 am and ate a whole can of ravioli with tomato sauce. Cold. Immense craving for that stuff all of a sudden (cannot recall whether I dreamt about it before waking up and making it into the kitchen). Then went back sleeping.
The above subject is a phrase quoted from George Orwell's "The Road to Wigan Pier", a study about Socialism and workers in England in the early 20th century.
Certainly politically incorrect in our days, Orwell goes on: "But the English are growing visibly cleaner, and we may hope that in a hundred years they will be almost as clean as the Japanese". A bit further down in the next chapter: "The Chinese, I believe, say that a white man smells like a corpse. The Burmese say the same - though no Burmese was ever rude enough to say so to me."
Almost eighty years after Orwell wrote his book, there are still many stereotypes that continue to exist and I am sure that many of you will easily be able to cite quite a few about your neighbouring country or groups of people etc. Although there is occasionally some truth in them, many are prejudice and utter nonsense.
What I am curious to... more »
what do you keep packing but never use?
I'm sure this is a thorn to everyone and I do understand the cause but it doesn't take the pain away. I'm a senior, travelling alone on a budget. Thinking of getting to bucket list places before time and looking for best ways to go to the Mediterranean, or So Africa, or So America. Any experience and advice appreciated.
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