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Lone travelling to New York.

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Lone travelling to New York.

Hi all this is my first time in here and just seeking some advice and recommendations.

I have plane tickets to go to New York around Christmas between 10th-17th Dec and I am now unfortunately going it alone. I am rather dubious of this as I have never travelled alone so have no idea what to expect. I am hoping some veterans can point me in a direction for accommodation where meeting people is easy, although I am not the most forward of person when it comes to meeting new people. I would also welcome advice on travelling alone as I hope this will be a start to more trips.

Thanks

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1. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

Search the forum for solo trip reports. It is by no means uncommon..:)and we've had some wonderful reads from folks who have traveled alone and loved it

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2. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

What do you find problematic about travelling by yourself ?. Do you really feel the need to go out & meet people during just a 7 day trip, rather than spending the time enjoying yourself ?.

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Never travelled alone so a little apprehensive about it all, and when alone in evenings it's nice to be able to have a drink and joke with people. Any suggestions on accommodation? hotels or hostel?

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4. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

Hostels in NYC are not generally thought of as social, unlike their counterparts in the rest of the world.

I don't travel alone often, but when I do, it's because I need a break from other people. If you really have a need for company, why not just go with a friend?

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5. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

Peter, I've gotten kind of addicted to NY, been there 6 times in the last 2 1/2 years. Half with friends/family, half by myself. I find my everyday interactions with restaurant/store personnel and the people you randomly talk to in a day fulfill my "need to talk to another human" needs, anything above that is icing on the cake. You will find the locals to be very friendly and helpful and it's likely you will meet some other tourists like yourself.

What I like most about travelling solo is being spontaneous and not having to be dependent on anyone else's timing or destinations. Enjoy yourself.

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Peter.....I know how you feel. I do not like to travel alone or spend a whole vacation by myself. That's just me and my personality. I like people, and I enjoy having someone to share my experiences with. :O) I wish I could help you find places to go to meet people, but I've never traveled to NYC alone. The only thing I can think which may help is to try and do some tours. You will have interaction that way, or possibly try to get a Big Apple Greeter for a tour one day. I've never taken one of these tours personally, but I've hear they're great. I'm sure some of the NYC experts will give you the details if you're interested. :O)

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7. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

Just stand in the middle of Times Square and listen for a Southern accent. They will talk to anybody. I traveled for years on business alone and never had a problem striking up a conversation with people sitting at a bar.

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8. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

Oh Bilmin..........you're so charming at times. :O)

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9. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

I love travelling alone.

At night just go and sit at a bar, I can guarantee you will find someone to talk to, even if it is the bartender. NY'ers are pretty friendly and talkative in bars. People tend to sit at the bar, as opposed to a more private table, in order to socialise.

Just think, you can research what you want to do, without having to please anyone else. Such a treat. Go to the theatre without someone talking in your ear, needing the bathroom or wanting to shop all day when you'd rather do a food tour. Travelling alone is the ultimate indulgance.

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10. Re: Lone travelling to New York.

Peter,

Do you know there is a solo travel forum on TA? Some specific threads you may want to read include-

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g1-i12357-k4109…

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g1-i12357-k4191…

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g1-i12357-k4255…

There is also a collection of solo trip reports on the NYC forum - tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k474427-…

I travel solo most of the time and have yet to have a problem striking up a conversation if I want to.

Don't let being by yourself stop you doing anything you want to just because you are by yourself. In NYC, sit at bars to eat and drink. Also, dine at restaurants with communal tables.