and cannot find someone around, what do you do? This year I couldn't plan a trip with friends and family. Many people around me have financial or health problems. My mom cannot travel far, at least she thinks so. I try to convince my brother for Cuba, Peru, etc. but I don’t think that he shares my enthusiasm about India. I do not have financial problem for now but if I start to travel alone, I sure will have soon. I cannot count on my current job forever. So, I am asking you folks. If you need a travel companion, is there a web site like couchsurfing.org? I've already tried travbuddy but couldn't get how to use it. I guess it wants a onetime payment to assure that you are serious about your travel plans.
I actually registred a profile 2 days ago on travbuddy, mostly to see what the site is about, but when i found out i had to pay 10 nucks in order to write other members then screw them. The site might be a good one, but i wanna test it for free for a while before paying anything. The whole money up front thing makes it look a bit like a dating site to me aswell.
Where exactly do you want to travel Ozlem? You can possible find members interested from VT as well you know! I plan visiting India sometime...but I am not sure when. I want it to be soon though or the latest by next year.
It's not expensive to travel alone, you know. I do it all the time (of necessity). The only issue is the cost of single rooms (which are *never* half the price two people would pay) but that is easily got-around by using hostel or cheaper accomm. Otherwise one is always as cheap as half of two (if you see what I mean). I'd certainly far rather travel alone that choose a random travel companion from any internet site. But that's just me and my character. I think travbuddy *is* the travelling companion equivalent of couchsurfing.
J do you think if I decide to travel to India I can do it on my own? Isn't it dangerous? At least for India and similar such countries you need another person to come along. Or am I wrong. Because in general I also love travelling alone but I believe it depends on the country.
I haven't been to India yet so my comment can only be made from friends' experiences and from observations here over the years. To be honest, I can't imagine why you think India is dangerous. It's a vast country, of course, so I suppose some parts might be more risky...but that applies to e.g. the US as well! I don't think there is any particular danger in travelling solo in India, whether male of female. The only thing which stops me doing so is the cost plus the heat at the times when I can travel. Being alone does not put you at any more risk than being with another person, imo. Using common sense minimises risk; the common sense one uses as a solo traveller differs from that one might use with another person.
To be honest I seem to be more responsible when I travel solo while if I travel with my husband I rely mostly on him. I created this idea after a friend from UK had a RW Trip and I was following her through her entries and the couple had really tough days out there,delays, faced unfriendly people, bad accomodation and many more. Of course when the time comes I will try to arrange that I meet people on the other end, and I plan to organize the trip as best as possible.
I agree Claus. Paying before knowing what you would get is not my style, either. Hi Popi. I've no plans for now but I have lots of dreams like Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, China, India (again), Russia... A friend of mine went to India by herself. But she had a relative working there and she travelled with one of her friend for 2 weeks. Then, after learning how to deal with india, she travelled solo for 1 week and returned. I think it's hard to travel alone to India. At least it is hard for me. I’ve been to North India only. I sure want to visit it again but I still don’t have enough courage to do it alone. Thanks J. Actually I think it would be better travel alone sometimes but I think I freak myself out. I could do it for Europe but I want to have someone by my side while travel to Africa, Brasil, India, China… I should work on the idea because I could easily be used to travel alone. But still it is nice to have somebody to discuss the day before sleep.
I have for many years always travelled alone but two years ago I went on my, albeit fateful skiing trip iwth Vitaleyes, they take visual impaired and blind peole on various holidays including skiing, probably wont use them agian but others might want to see what they are like. I have this time managed to, I dont know how, managed to get a friend to come with me to Iceland, they are paying their own way, seems she wants to see the Northern Lights as much as me. However there are a couple of sites www.solos.co.uk www.justyou.co.uk there are also others but these are two I have considered, you travel with a rep from the company and are never on your own, you get your own room.