Replies: 19 - Last Post: Jan 11, 2013 10:03 AM Last Post By: ddeflem
Dec 19, 2012 11:08 AM
Traveling aloneHey everybody!
I was supposed to go with my girlfriend to Thailand for a month in January, but we have broken up. I am thinking about going, but the last time I traveled alone (in Paris) I felt really isolated and I'm worried about traveling alone. Is it easy to make friends and meet people traveling in Thailand? (we went to nicaragua and honduras two years ago, we met lots of people, but she was with me and that seemed to make it easier)
Also, now that there's not two people sharing expenses - I have about $300 a week. I live in NYC, so rest, relaxation, culture are more my vibe - I don't necessarily need to do a bunch of fancy stuff. Local food, beaches, etc. is what I'm looking for.
Any thoughts on relieving my anxiety about traveling alone? All help is much appreciated. ( I will be flying mid January and returning in mid-February. A total of 28 days.
Dec 19, 2012 11:27 AM
1There's a plethora of young people travelling Thailand ... if your an outgoing person, you will have no problems meeting other travellers - at least not due to a shortage of them.
$300 a week ... it's doable - but really that's pretty low on the scale of 'fun' money ... try to get more. It's only money ... you have your whole life to make more.
Dec 19, 2012 12:02 PM
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Dec 19, 2012 1:39 PM
Dec 19, 2012 3:32 PM
6If you can scrape some more cash together, it'll help. If you can't, you can get by on 300 bucks a week.
All you have to do is activities you enjoy and you'll meet others with similar interests. Check out an organized tour day trip, just say 'hi, where are you from' to just about anyone at your guesthouse.... it's really that easy. Every solo traveler wants to meet people just like you do!
Dec 19, 2012 6:15 PM
Dec 20, 2012 5:10 AM
8yeah, just go for it. it can be hard, just don't let yourself wallow too much and maybe push yourself to be a little more proactive about getting out, etc. also, pick hostel/guesthouses that might facilitate meeting people, i.e. read reviews, etc. oftentimes i meet people on the bus or train after we notice that we're going the same way, sometimes other solo travelers. so that's a good way to find people. moneywise, $300-400 is fine, just avoid too much time in Bangkok or going out drinking too much.
Dec 20, 2012 5:13 AM
9also, local food is cheap. if you avoid western (farang) food, each meal is like $2 or less for a main or soup or something if you eat where the locals eat. scooters are like $10 a day so if you pack light you could have total freedom, and if not, just leave your stuff at a guest house and make a loop back for it after exploring around for a while.
Dec 20, 2012 8:25 AM
10Thailand is a very easy place to travel around alone. It can be cheap too if you want it to be and don't want air conditioned rooms etc and happy to take buses.
Personally I didn't meet loads of people but that was partly intentional and partly due to the places I visited. I hung out with a couple of travellers at Khao Yai National Park as we went on the trips together, had beers in evening, swapped email/numbers etc. Nobody in Khao Lak but then I didn't make any effort to as I didn't really want to... early nights for next day diving trips and the place did not attract a particularly young crowd when I was there (the other week). They were either couples or solo hardcore divers all going to bed and getting up early for the boats leaving lol but on the diving boat I met people of course. Then in Trang Islands nobody but then that was intentional... I picked a beach on Koh Kradan with only 3 other people staying/sunbathing on it LOL.
Dec 20, 2012 2:49 PM
11I was just wondering how old you are? I am planning to go to Thailand in January and if you wanted to grab a meal or do some sightseeing that would be cool as I am going solo too! :)
Dec 20, 2012 4:08 PM
Dec 20, 2012 4:41 PM
13Brax- are you being mean? Not sure why you would. I'm 32, not sure why that's relevant. I appreciate everyone's input. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I know this isn't a therapy site, but after a four year relationship break-up, I'm allowed to be a little anxious about traveling alone. I hope to meet tons of interesting people and share stories. Life is not meant to be spent alone.
Dec 20, 2012 8:07 PM
14life is even more fun when you are single..:) i had travelled alone many times after breakup..;) after almost around the globe with ex-bf, now it's even better than before when i met new English -bf in London..:) LOL
life is always like this, you never try you never know
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