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solo travelling suggestions

Hello!

Just looking for some ideas on taking my first solo trip please. All up in the air and open to suggestions or points in any direction. I'm a 35 female and want to take around 2 months out of it all and travel somewhere anywhere! As I am on my own I was thinking of perhaps a budget coach travel company that caters for backpackers? I want to travel alone but nervous and thought something like that might be a little easier? Budget wise 7k - including flights etc (I think) and looking at next summer (ish). Sorry for the lack of info, just need a few pointers and I can then focus in! at the moment looking at Canada and New Zealand?

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1. Re: solo travelling suggestions

New Zealand is beautiful. I was 35 when I toured the North and South Island of New Zealand with these guys: http://www.kiwiexperience.com/

I only had 3 weeks, but you could take your time and stay a few days in each city. However, it would be winter there if you travel in the summer. I went at the end of October and temperatures were pleasant enough although it rained quite a bit as well, especially on the West coast.

I was one of the older ones but had no problem socialising with the younger crowd and it was good fun. Hostels are very high standard in NZ and I fondly remember one hostel chain (can't remember the name now, could've been BASE?) with girls-only floors providing fresh fluffy towels, proper duvet and pillow and Aveda toiletries. Nice!

Happy planning!

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Yes Mollie, New Zealand is beautiful and easy for the solo traveller to get around. I agree with Nicoletas post. You would have time to hop over to Australia though that is another easy one and so much to see best done on it's own. But there are other places near by.

Canada I haven't been to but would have no hesitation doing it solo. But all 3 are the more expensive to go.

You might try looking at Solo Trip Reports that others have written for those countries. Just looked at NZ and there are loads! It could give you some ideas of what is possible and what it is like.

Go to the forum by typing New Zealand forum into the big search box at the top of the page. A photo with the name 'New Zealand forum' is above it. click on that it is the link.

Then above the threads is a small search box. Type 'Solo Trip Reports' hit search and up they come.

Edited: 20 August 2013, 23:07
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Hi Molly,

Go you for deciding to go on a solo trip! I took my first major solo adventure when I was 28 and spent 2 months in Italy. It was one the best things I ever did for myself-- and I was really nervous about it beforehand even thought I was always very independent, this seemed like a bigger step. All of the places you mentioned sound amazing. I had read this article before I went to Italy that really inspired me to just do it -- pinkpangea.com/2011/….

I would say go to the place that speaks the most to you-- everyone kept giving me advice (wanted and unwanted about where to go and what to do) and in the end I went with what felt right.

Congrats again and enjoy -- it will probably also be one the best things you do for yourself, not everyone has to courage to do it, but it is quite majical when you do!

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Thanks so much for the great responses! Really getting excited about this now (nervous butterflies are slowly being replaced by excited ones). I will focus in on one destination in the next couple of weeks and then start the planning!! Feeling very encouraged!! Yippeeeee

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Congrats again, glad it was helpful! I also wrote this piece when I returned from Italy about solo travels that might be helpful: gooverseas.com/how-beat-solo-travel-blues.

Feel free to connect when you get back, or if you have more questions before, would love to hear about it!

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Yes, NZ is beautiful, but honestly I've found the Aussies to be much friendlier as well as outgoing. This is important for a solo traveler. Of all the places I've been to I think Vietnam to be the most outgoing of all, and there are thousands of other solo travelers in that part of the world (I do not advise bus or any road travel in Vietnam).

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