Even though I acquired some friends I have no one with whom I could travel. So if I don´t want to spend the whole summer at home I will have to man up and go on a solo-trip. I don´t have any special interest in architecture, history or something else, but I always liked travelling with my parents.
I thought about doing a city-trip or to go WWOOFing on a farm in the alps for a week or so. Also I´d like to do a hiking-trip but thats probably not so cool alone. What do you think?
Problem is that my English isn´t very good and that I´m a relatively shy person. So making new friends or hooking up with other travelers on the trip will likely not be that easy for me as for others.
I would appreciate it, if other Bernds could tell me how they´ve gotten into travelling and share their solo-travel experiences.
tl;dr: Bernd is confused because he wants to explore the world but has none to travel with.
I'm in a similar situation right now because I've wanted to do a bike biking trip for a while now and my friends who might be up for it have always been busy or whatever.
That said, I've done some solo travelling through Denmark. Here's what I can say:
This particular trip was a biking trip and I stayed at hostels along the way, but the problem with Danish hostels (except for Copenhagen) is that they are only filled with old people for some bizarre reason. Anyway, the days were spent cycling and this was really nice to do alone - I think if you keep moving in this way then you are your own best company. But the evenings when I settled down were very lonely because I had nobody to talk to and I didn't bring more than one short book. (The reason I didn't bring anymore is because I did the first half of the trip - in Holland - with a friend, but he pulled out halfway through and left me to do the rest on my own, which was unplanned.)
Not a comprehensive experience but feel free to ask if you wanna know more
I have pretty much the same problems.
I really want to go hitchhiking in the beginning of july.
Maybe a stupid question but would you like to travel with me?
I would seriously consider it, but I am in Sarajevo from 9~21 July visiting family so I wouldn't be able to do it then.
Where were you thinking of hitchhiking from/to? How long?
I... would like to travel as well and don't have anyone to do it with either. Seeing that we are all pretty close to each other, going together kinda offers itself as a solution. But I'm afraid we wouldn't get along or you wouldn't like me, what then :S
The evening are my biggest concern. I assume one can keep busy during the day but I dont think I´d be comfortable going to a restaurant or a bar alone.
At hotels you have at least your private space to read a book or watch tv. Spending a night alone at a hostel sounds not very cozy.
Would you do it again?
Hey, I´m not reluctant towards travelling with other Bernds :3
Unfortunately I have to go to university till mid-july. Do you mind giving me a few more details?
Has a Bernd been WWOOFing?
>But I'm afraid we wouldn't get along or you wouldn't like me, what then
Yeah, that is always the problem with something like this. I have the same fears.
>I dont think I´d be comfortable going to a restaurant or a bar alone.
Yeah, the few times I went out for food alone were super uncomfortable for me, especially in remote towns/villages where nobody sees foreigners normally.
>At hotels you have at least your private space to read a book or watch tv. Spending a night alone at a hostel sounds not very cozy.
I don't mind hostels too much in general if there are other nice people around. That said, if there are people but you don't manage to introduce yourself it can be super lonely and usually it ends up like this for me.
The case in Denmark was awful mainly because there wasn't even that opportunity - they don't even offer single beds in shared rooms in any of the hostels outside of Copenhagen.
>Would you do it again?
But I would camp this time, and bring a portable gas stove and dry food supplies etc. + buy things from supermarkets along the way. Last time I mostly ate sandwiches etc. anyway, which got pretty dry and dull pretty soon. I wouldn't feel as lonely camping because you kind of choose your own spot and set your own terms, but it would still be nicer to camp with company I think.
>We wouldnt necessarilly have to stick together the whole day, but I doubt it´ll be fun if we dont share any interests/whatever.
I agree. It would obviously have to be a trip everybody can agree on too.
Do any of you lurk on euIRCnet?
No, I'm another Austrian. We (everyone interested here) could get to know each other over the internet a bit while planning the trip, but there would still be the risk of awkwardness. I suppose if even after this we'd be uncomfortable with each other during the trip, we could still split up. Or we take a lesson in tolerance and in the art of not giving fucks :-----D
Best case, we find friends and travel partners for future trips!
>Do any of you lurk on euIRCnet?
>We (everyone interested here) could get to know each other over the internet a bit
Agreed. How can we do that? 8chan? Schlechter Informatiker hier.
When do you guys have time?
Let's make a skype conference, that's probably the easiest to stay in touch through. Add me leeeroy88
Mid july would be fine too.
As for me I think I am quite tolerant or rather indifferent. I can get along with almost all kinds of people.
I have no plan yet where to go at all - so I am open to suggestions.
Other than hiking - there is an incredibly cheap offer for return tickets to Thailand right now. 400€ for Vienna-Bangkok-Vienna (optionally to and from Salzburg) with dates from september to november. I would love to go there, especially since those tickets are normally at least 900€. Are you interested?