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Solo travel in your own country?

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Solo travel in your own country?

So is it just as valid as if you travelled to another country, long flights and exotic places or do you not really think of it as solo travel.

I've spent this year doing brief trips around the UK - which is 4 countries but all feels like home - . or is it one country? A lot of wildly different landscapes, different traditions and different local foods and having a great time.

The USA is huge and even more different place to place. In fact this applies to many countries that have very different areas within.

So is it cheating/not solo travel unless you have to fly, encounter foreign currency and another language.

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1. Re: Solo travel in your own country?

Solo is solo. I do lots of road trips all over Ukraine, on thousands of kilometers, and if I travel alone it's a solo trip. Language barrier absence or currency risk have nothing to do with it.

And some places in Ukraine are exotic enough for me to ask myself why we even leave our country :)

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Cora, with your amazing adventures that would scare the rest of us I thank you for that.

It has been researching for others that made me find just how many wonderful places there are in my own country. Exciting in it's own right and takes a lot less packing.

I tend not to write trip reports but it would be a useful resorse for both people starting out on their own and those from other countries perhaps.

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Solo Traveling is Solo traveling...if it is flying across the world or driving into nearby NYC, it is solo traveling...

Even if I'm going to a place I've been or not far away I do a lot of research to find out all I can about that place...

here in the US there are differences that make each place interesting...scenery, food, culture, etc.

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4. Re: Solo travel in your own country?

It certainly is a valid sort of solo travel.

There is a certain irony for me as over 30 years ago, before I moved to England, I did a lot of travelling around the UK, although not solo, and considered it a first choice destination.

I suppose I am saving England, Scotland and Wales for when age and disability makes international travel more difficult; not because it is less interesting to travel in the UK but because I want to save it for when I need it.

I'm also saving a number of places in Europe for the same reason.

Edited: 13 March 2014, 22:15
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In case anyone's interested :) A while ago I tried to make a map of the places I've been to in Ukraine - not on transit, but visited for a reason - tourism, business or an event:

http://tinyurl.com/o6wz5ad

Just back from two more oblasts (regions) - still need to pin all the places visited there :)

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6. Re: Solo travel in your own country?

Good grief Cora, you would need a lifetime to write trip reports for all those!

Though I guess it would be interesting if I tried if for the UK. Probably there would be a lot though some a long time ago and in groups around certain areas.

Funny Leagle as I have saved the USA for the same reason.

One reason I asked was I am surprised at people taking first trips to places so very different from their home and for such a long time alone. Also some people who feel they don't have the confidence to go solo because they think of foreign travel.

I'm off to briefly to Birmingham next week with the prospect of a longer stay later. Once an industrial centre it turns out that it has a wonderful art collection and some other claims to fame that I would dearly love to see.

Edited: 13 March 2014, 22:51
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You know what once impressed me. My Dad told me that back in those days of the Soviet Union when it was next to impossible to leave the country for a journey abroad (including on business), and each and every potential traveller has been interviewed and scrutinised by the security service officials, one of the questions they would ask was where in your own country you have been to.

I'm not saying their logic was precisely "If you haven't seen enough of your own country it's too early for you to travel abroad", but that question as such was anyways thought-provocative to me..

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8. Re: Solo travel in your own country?

suebovington,

Imo, solo is solo no matter if you boat, walk, trot, fly, train, or hitchhike your way.

Europe isnt a slouch when it comes to land mass.

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9. Re: Solo travel in your own country?

When I was on my own, I travelled round the UK using youth hostels (I'm far from being a youth) where you can socialise as much or as little as you wish. Much nicer than some soulless hotel and good value too.

Sue B - Birmingham Art Gallery has a wonderful collection of pre-Raphaelites and the tea room is splendid too. (And chocolate at Cadbury World - a short train trip from New Street to Bournville).

Have fun

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10. Re: Solo travel in your own country?

What a great topic. I love traveling solo in my own country - granted, in the US, you can find just about anything or any type of travel destination - but "exploring" (broad definition) is awesome. Even in my own state, things vary hugely (Texas).