Vacationing Alone

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Registered: 04-03-2003
Vacationing Alone
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 5:34pm
So I my upcoming vacation time...I may have to spend it alone. I want to actually go somewhere but I am kinda having some reservations about it. Any suggestions for Vacation plans a la Single style??
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 6:00pm
Well, let's see, where have I been alone:

6 weeks traveling around Europe after junior year abroad: Germany, Greece, Italy, South of France, Switzerland

2 weeks in France

2 weeks in Thailand

5 days in Venice

Countless weekend and other short trips in my region, the Pacific NW.

As long as I have books to read and things to engage my mind and body (such as museums, good food, kayaking, hiking), I can amuse myself pretty easily. While I enjoy going places *with* friends, I also enjoy going alone, and I've met some pretty amazing people this way. I know some singles like to go to Club Med style resorts or on an organized trip (like a Backroads biking trip) so they have company, but I prefer to be on my own.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 6:23pm
I'm one of those ppl NWW referred to who likes to go on group things. I am a social person who hikes, bikes, rollerblades, etc by myself...enough alone time, thanks!

I recently went on a spirituality retreat in Hawaii with a group of 20 ppl. It was FANTASTIC. I loved it. We rented a big house right on the water and our backyard ran was private but behind the gate was the beach. Ah. Not something I would have been able to afford on my own.

I have also done the w/end B&B thing. Thats okay for a relaxing break.


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Registered: 04-02-2003
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 9:23pm
Wow..NWW you've gone to all those places alone?..I think thats so great! I would love it if I could do that. But somehow I rather go with a group of people.

I have to admit though, waiting around for people to go somewhere you want to go (everyone having the same interest and having money at the same time) is pretty hard. And before you know it, you still haven't gone anywhere yet :P But group of people still wins over going it alone.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 4:42pm

well, do you live in a place that caters to tourists? if so, you can go there and just feel the fresh air and relax. or if you have alot of money, you can plan a cross country drive.


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Registered: 04-07-2003
Mon, 04-07-2003 - 10:43pm
Vacationing alone is awesome! I'm really into photography, so I make sure my camera is with me (or I buy a disposable one if I'm flying).

Trips alone so far: Austin TX (I live in Houston, so this was no big deal, but for me it was, after busy weekends); Burlington VT for a week; Plattsburgh NY (stayed w/ a friend, but he was working most of the time I was there); Seattle WA (again, stayed w/a friend, but had a great time anyway).

I like being by myself, so this works for me. If you are into being with people, then try to sign up w/ a tour group, so you are "alone" in the sense that you don't know anyone else on the trip, and see what happens!

have fun!

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Registered: 04-13-2003
Thu, 04-17-2003 - 10:58pm
Do you like outdoors stuff? Try It's run by my housemate and she's really cool. There are lots of outdoor clubs and organizations out there, too. Check the bulletin boards at your local outfitter.

Hmmm . . . Wildside is on the east coast and I just checked your profile and saw that you're in southern California. I understand the Sierra Club is really big out there. You'll meet lots of great people, challenge yourself and get physically fit. The woods are a healing and a fun place!
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Registered: 04-17-2003
Fri, 04-18-2003 - 9:43am
Good for you and for everyone else for not letting their "singleness" prevent them from going on vacation and having a good time.

A few years ago, when I was 24, I took a trip to Europe with Trafalger. The company organized a European tour for people ages 21-35. It was my first vacation alone. Everyone else on the tour was there with a friend or significant other, so it was a bit intimidating at first. But after a day or two, I made friends and had such a great time. I would definitely do it again. For me, it was a very liberating experience. I learned a lot about myself. I definitely recommend it.