Hi guys, I will be in Stockholm for a week for a conference and would like to take the opportunity to go around on my own for about a week. I had wanted to go to Helsinki and Tallin but decided to head toward Cophenhagen instead. I have a transit at Frankfurt so will be there for about 2 to 3 days as well.I am undecided where should I go after Stockholm... I will be alone and female. I just want to find the most convenient way to travel around cities and see as much as I can within the next 6 days.Any ideas or recommendations? Food, accommodation, what to see etc.?Many thanks in advance!x-post everywhere!
Romania is an excellent place to travel alone., and now it's in the EU it makes it even easier.I went last spring/summer for 2 1/2 months and had the best time. Mainly based in Brasov (Transylvania) the absurdly cheap public transport system allowed me to travel the whole country, and explore everything i wanted to (but avoid the personalle "P" trains)In Iasi every 2 years there is an utterly amazing art show that i seriously cannot describe well enough. The next one is next year, Periferic 8 it'll be, and i definately hope to be there. (in Iasi i did also get a dog thrown at me*)East Romania is next to the black sea, Mamaia is the holiday hotspot but still reletively empty. There is an excellent mud bath which is situated on a pretty much secluded beach, which is awesome after a hard days tanning.Cluj-Napoca is a massive student area, there's so much going on. The Transilvanian film festival is around june time and is AMAZING. 20p for excellent films all day! My eyes were actually hurting i saw so much. We also went to the Romanian MTV awards, i kid you not, that was a pretty crazy experience.The capital Bucherest is a weird one, it could be a lot of places and has been taken over by a lot of industry as the west moves in. Still, worth a look, they have some killer fountains.If you are into the more picturesque/historical, try Brasov, Bran ("draculas castle") Timisosira, Sinia, Sibiu, some wicked castles and tacky goods to be found.The people are friendly and helpful, the language is easy to pick up and if you have any knowledge of french/german it's a great help (it's really similar), the beers are cheap (try ursus)*the homeless people in romania are pretty ruthless. you have to ignore them, and shoo them away (as horrible as it may sound) otherwise situations like i seemed to get myself into will occur.any questions do ask, and check out my journal, there are public entries from when i was there, including wonderful photos. kind of.
How well timed!I'm about to take my first properly solo trip to Montreal at the end of next week (and by properly, I mean in a country foreign to me, for more than a weekend).I've always enjoyed having plenty of time to do my own thing when I am on holiday, but I've never been in the situation of not having someone to 'go home to', as it were.My French is, well, rubbish. I like walking around, looking at stuff, museums, art galleries, etc.I do solo-dine quite a bit, but I've never been to the cinema or a late-night joint alone.So. i've planned out a few day's activities, but I'm still interested in hints & tips for Montreal! I think what I'm most worried about is that I'll chicken out, and go back to my hotel at dusk every evening because I'm not comfortable alone after dark :(
New York, New York 2004...At the time I wasn't a well bunny and really needed a break, yet no-one wanted to come with me (pish!) i'd wanted to go to New York for a long time so I just booked the flights and a hostel without a thought. The days ticked nearer and I got more and more nervous. Not from going to New York, just going on my own, being on my own, doing stuff on my own. Well that and the flight, I had only ever been on a 30 minute flight to Ireland when I was little so six hours across the Atlantic, I was cacking myself...But when I got there I forgot about being scared and worried, everyone was really friendly and I was too excited to be scared. I was in New York.Everyone does say about hostels being a good place to meet people when traveling but the problem was in the of year I went, everyone in the hostel was on the way home from their summer camps and tended to be there for a night or two before heading on home.I went out one night to see Radio 4 at the Bowery Ballroom and got talking to one of the bands Oxford Collapse. So that night I hung out with them and they invited me to another gig The Futureheads second US gig ever the next night. So along I popped hanging out with Oxford Collapse as well. Randomly a few weeks beforehand I had gone to see The Futureheads in Camden and ended up talking to Barry for ages ans he recognised my friend from a gig my friend had done in Sunderland about five years ago!?! And so i found myself hanging out with The Futureheads before they headed off to their hotel. Every time I went to the bar someone would talk to me because of my accent so I found myself wondering from room to room talking to person after person, I'm normally very shy, but everyone welcomed me with open arms I felt like a proper New Yorker!I mostly ate in snack bars and diners because I felt that being in a resturant would make me feel very lonely and silly and being in museums and walking and going to the Empire State building I didn't have the chance to get lonely. Though I must admit I called my parents everyday (they worry...a lot even now when I'm 26 I had to call them everyday from Paris) and my best friend several times a day mostly I didn't have a chance to feel lonely and lost.I found myself being able to go to most parts of New York on my own even at night, I felt safe though I kept an eye on my belongings. People were willing to help when I was lost on the subway and the police were very approachable. I kept my alcohol intake to a minimum and my weirdo radar on at night, I'd hate to be seen as a typically drunken Brit.So yes New York a great place for a solo traveler, better still for a solo traveler who has never been solo traveling before, so much to do, some many friendly faces and random people offering to read your palm and shower in their apartment and sneak the extra drink and compliment your braveness at traveling alone.I went back in 2005 with my best mate and I'm going back again in 3 months and three days with a gang of usAnyone have any first time solo stories they want to share?
Welcome!Not much here at the moment but since I could never find anywhere to get advice on traveling on my own, I though I'd set up my own little community for those of us who like traveling alone or have to travel alone for business or for whatever!