I am in my 50's and like to go any place around the world anytime. I like nature scenery, hiking, food, and making friends.
I wouldn't say never. But I think I had my share of those exposures and would like to stay away from churches, temples, museums, 'native villages & culture', and cities with way too many unsightly McDonald's & Pizza Huts ......
I've been to many countries but never traveled alone. Always thought it would be Much More Expensive and Less Fun without someone to talk to. The saddest part of my past 2 years is that I had to beg my friends going travel with me - with 1/3 success rate. They are either too concern about the money or just don't like traveling.
So I definitely need a Solo Traveler Starter Kit from this forum.
- Do you, Solo Travelers, always plan every single detail? What are the way to use existing packages from travel agencies?
- Is traveling solo mean always double the cost in comparison to double occupancy? How to keep solo traveling cost at reasonable level?
- For tour group, how to find a person (stranger) to share? Most US based agencies does not have the single-traveler sharing/matching service. Though I read the "Travel Buddy" thread, am I am wrong to assume it is "safer" to share room with a stranger since it is a packaged group tour?
- Any suggestion on group tour web sites for single traveler? (Travel only! Not those questionable ones.)
I am currently looking forward to experience Argentina's Patagonia, Iguazu Fall, etc. Found a good package that fit my interest and of course it is a double occupancy deal. Any tips on making this trip materialized?