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Old 30-03-2018, 01:25 PM   #16
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I see...roughly how long would you think it will take to cover an overall Taiwan then? And a rough budget? What would be worth to visit around Taiwan?
1 mth i think. if you really want to cover the whole taiwan

rough budget.. depend where u want to stay, how you want to travel.
U can bicycle the whole Taiwan also can.
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Old 30-03-2018, 04:26 PM   #17
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Georgia and Armenia have nice monasteries. Good for culture and history lovers. Nice places for trekking/hiking too. Cheap lodging, food and transport. Way safer than Malaysia and SEA.
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Old 30-03-2018, 06:23 PM   #18
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First-time solo.
No budget.
No time limit.
No one else but me...
Preferably: Sightseeing like temples/cathedrals/sceneries. Explorations. And food. Donít mind long walks.
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Suggest to go for a world tour and not a specific country.
Example a full trip to Europe &or US &or Asia, on several countries.

In this way, you can see the overall picture of the each country and various scenery & sights.
Should a country you prefer then you can do a closer follow-up on other parts and locations.
Also you can take it as a point of reference in your future tours, with family, friends & colleagues, etc.

Each person do have its own choice in sights and adventures...
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Old 30-03-2018, 08:21 PM   #19
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No budget in mind but should have an amount I can spend or willing to spend. Not driving countries like Canada, USA maybe out.

I go parts of Italy (Tuscany and Rome) also take me 2 weeks and I didnít visit single touristy sights. If u wanna do that length of visa also not enough.

Taiwan is a good location if u can spend 30 days on it.
China i had spent 60 days still see it all.
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Old 30-03-2018, 09:30 PM   #20
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Previously had the same tots, but definitely that changed my mind after i went solo last year

Went before Taipei, not sure if it’s worth to go through the whole of Taiwan to get an overall experience if the rest of Taiwan would be like Taipei.
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Old 30-03-2018, 10:11 PM   #21
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no budget no time limit? why not just pick a world cruise ...

First-time solo.
No budget.
No time limit.
No one else but me...
Preferably: Sightseeing like temples/cathedrals/sceneries. Explorations. And food. Donít mind long walks.

Gimme ideas for a post-ORD trip, please.

Location? Duration? Interesting places?

Would like to ssrr the world before I settle down on studies and working till beyond retirement age...

No dangerous places, please. I want to experience the world, but without the life-endangering part.
No third world country or go there help do hard labor as activities. Iím not a volunteer or activist, I just want to explore the world a bit more.
No driving.

Any general advice or interesting tips to share?
What backpacks do you guys use?
Did you guys have a luggage with you?
What website would you guys recommend to book for hotels/flight?
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Old 30-03-2018, 10:14 PM   #22
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Went before Taipei, not sure if itís worth to go through the whole of Taiwan to get an overall experience if the rest of Taiwan would be like Taipei.
Have you been to Su-ao, Tamali, Shitiping, Tainan, Penghu, Kinmen, etc?
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Old 31-03-2018, 12:22 AM   #23
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Cruise is probably the most boring way of spending your time, especially for a solo traveller. Most of your time is spent in a ship, and just eating and experiencing the same entertainment as you would on land. Some cruises allow passengers to disembark, but that is only a small percentage of time compared to the time you spend in the ship. I don't know why people bother unless you like staying in a floating hotel.


no budget no time limit? why not just pick a world cruise ...
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Old 31-03-2018, 11:22 PM   #24
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cruise not solo friendly cos must pay 150% single supplement
since no budget limit ... so 150% single supplement shouldn't be issue lah

Cruise is probably the most boring way of spending your time, especially for a solo traveller. Most of your time is spent in a ship, and just eating and experiencing the same entertainment as you would on land. Some cruises allow passengers to disembark, but that is only a small percentage of time compared to the time you spend in the ship. I don't know why people bother unless you like staying in a floating hotel.
it's not any cruise but WORLD cruise & I believe the type of people takes world cruise are different from regular. probably many retirees with lots of interesting life experiences & stories to share.

besides mingling with others. there's always plenty things to do like get into habit of exercising, learning to dance, movies or even read books that one wish but unable during working days.

i feel the sea journey will be interesting & very different from land journey. you also get to sample various cities. while not in-depth, one can always followup later if a particular city interest them

so plenty to do, up to your creativity

p.s I haven't done a world cruise yet but it's definitely in my bucket
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But still, world cruise or regular cruise, you'll be spending 80-90% of your time in a floating hotel. Doesn't sound all that interesting. Mingling, learning to dance, etc etc etc, can all be done on land, so I don't see why you should pay thousands of dollars to do it at sea.

When you travel, you wanna experience the places, the culture, the architecture, the food, the people. I don't see how being in a ship with a few hundred well-heeled people soaking in a pool or singing KTV achieves any of this.

To each their own.


since no budget limit ... so 150% single supplement shouldn't be issue lah


it's not any cruise but WORLD cruise & I believe the type of people takes world cruise are different from regular. probably many retirees with lots of interesting life experiences & stories to share.

besides mingling with others. there's always plenty things to do like get into habit of exercising, learning to dance, movies or even read books that one wish but unable during working days.

i feel the sea journey will be interesting & very different from land journey. you also get to sample various cities. while not in-depth, one can always followup later if a particular city interest them

so plenty to do, up to your creativity

p.s I haven't done a world cruise yet but it's definitely in my bucket
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Use this rare opportunity to go as far as you can for as long as possible if time and money is not a concern. It will be hard to travel for 1 month or longer once you start working. Quite annoying to take 20+hr flights when you have limited leave also. You can always do Taiwan/Japan/Australia when you've started working.

You get more value out of that 1-2k airfare by visiting multiple places within the same region too.

I like using kayak for open jaw flights but if time is not a factor, definitely look into trains and buses. I'd much rather have stuff to look at although many land border crossings can be f-ed up.
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Any general advice or interesting tips to share?
Travelling for prolong periods of time thru various countries requires adequate cash management. It usually does not make sense to carry too much cash of different currencies on your body at any given time.

I would advise looking into bank charges for ATM cash withdrawals on Cirrus or Plus networks. From my six months trip abroad two years ago, I heavily relied on this to manage my on hand cash, as carrying all the different currencies and the amount I need to spend for weeks to months at a time just wasn't a good idea.

Depending on your current banking status, I would recommend carrying two different set of cards (credit & ATM) from two different banks just in case you run into incompatibility trouble with the local machines.

Bank A - Credit Card (A) + ATM card (A)
Bank B - Credit Card (B) + ATM card (B)

* For example, lets pick credit A as the preferred choice to carry on your person

Carry on your person one credit card (A), and both ATM cards (A and B). These three cards will be with you throughout your trip, while the second "spare" credit card (B) will be left back home, but with the card details that are needed to make online payments should card (A) not work for some reason - also kept online but encrypted on some cloud service or simply as in an email draft that you are able to access should you need to.

Rationale: Credit card (A) will be used to make most of your purchases and online payments (booking of accommodations & online ticket purchasing). Should you encounter issues making payments with card (A), access your online encrypted copy of credit card (B) and make those payments. Should both fail, you always have the option of using your ATM cards (A or B) to withdraw local cash (exchange rates + bank charges) to make payments with cash on hand. I recommended two different bank ATM cards because sometimes you may run into issue where one ATM does not work, while the other does. It has happened to me during my six trip thru Europe two years ago. What had happened was both ATM cards were on Cirrus and Plus networks, but one bank ATM card just simply wouldn't work with one ATM machine at the airport, but resumed working when I used it elsewhere.

Edits: To clarify, my credit card (A) is still in working condition and did not fail during my trip. I just simply had to rely on my credit card (B) for a couple of online payments because some websites simply wouldn't accept payments with credit card (A) for some odd reason, whereas (A) worked fine almost always on majority of the other websites.

What backpacks do you guys use?
I relied on my 45 litre Karrimor rugsack for my six months trip abroad. The capacity was more than what I needed, but it had straps that allowed me to reduce its bulk profile when I needed to keep it streamlined. In it, I carried with me camping gear and my regular day to day urban clothing and basic items for the entire trip.

Did you guys have a luggage with you?
No. If you're referring to those box type luggage on wheels, I did not bring one, and I'm glad I didn't. For long term backpacking trips with most of my accommodations being in hostels and only on rare occasions in hotels, I wanted to be free of dragging one around. Most parts of my trip are simply easier to traverse with a rugsack. At one point, I had to cross the Albania - Macedonia border on foot, so having only to carry my belongings on my back instead of pulling a luggage just allows for so much more freedom.
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Old 07-04-2018, 09:54 AM   #29
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Additionally, I would also advise exchanging some local currencies before crossing the border into a new country with their own currency.

For the most part, if you're taking land transportation (buses or trains) when crossing a border, the bus/train terminals will usually have ATMs for you to withdraw cash. But if for some reason they do not have ATM machines there or aren't working, its always a good idea to have local currencies on hand to buy your next bus/train ticket to your next accommodations if the situation calls for it.

What I tend to do was to use whatever leftover currencies from country A and convert them into currency for country B, maybe a day before I cross the border, while saving just enough currency from country A to last me till I get to the border. Alternatively, you can use whatever left over cash to buy cigarettes, snacks, drinks, etc from the bus/train terminals (or airport) if you do not want to collect too much unused currency - particularly coins.



You may also want to plan out which month of the year to begin and end your overseas trip. Beginning your trip during colder weather may require you to bring along big and bulky cold weather clothing, but as the months pass, it will transition to warmer weather, and you may find yourself frowning by needing to pack and carry all that weight and bulk.

As a means to overcome that, you can choose to mail your excess clothing or items back home if the local parcel rates are to your liking. I did that twice, but with some souvenirs and items I have noticed that I am not going to use instead of clothing.

For the transition from colder to warmer climates in different countries and months in the year, I brought along layered clothing instead of a single bulky and heavy winter coat. As to whether this method will work for you, it will largely depend on what your destinations are and their climates when you're there. This doesn't really require a whole lot of planning, but is something you will want to take into consideration for a prolonged trip abroad.

I hope this helps.
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Travelling for prolong periods of time thru various countries requires adequate cash management. It usually does not make sense to carry too much cash of different currencies on your body at any given time.

I would advise looking into bank charges for ATM cash withdrawals on Cirrus or Plus networks. From my six months trip abroad two years ago, I heavily relied on this to manage my on hand cash, as carrying all the different currencies and the amount I need to spend for weeks to months at a time just wasn't a good idea.

Depending on your current banking status, I would recommend carrying two different set of cards (credit & ATM) from two different banks just in case you run into incompatibility trouble with the local machines.

Bank A - Credit Card (A) + ATM card (A)
Bank B - Credit Card (B) + ATM card (B)

* For example, lets pick credit A as the preferred choice to carry on your person

Carry on your person one credit card (A), and both ATM cards (A and B). These three cards will be with you throughout your trip, while the second "spare" credit card (B) will be left back home, but with the card details that are needed to make online payments should card (A) not work for some reason - also kept online but encrypted on some cloud service or simply as in an email draft that you are able to access should you need to.

Rationale: Credit card (A) will be used to make most of your purchases and online payments (booking of accommodations & online ticket purchasing). Should you encounter issues making payments with card (A), access your online encrypted copy of credit card (B) and make those payments. Should both fail, you always have the option of using your ATM cards (A or B) to withdraw local cash (exchange rates + bank charges) to make payments with cash on hand. I recommended two different bank ATM cards because sometimes you may run into issue where one ATM does not work, while the other does. It has happened to me during my six trip thru Europe two years ago. What had happened was both ATM cards were on Cirrus and Plus networks, but one bank ATM card just simply wouldn't work with one ATM machine at the airport, but resumed working when I used it elsewhere.

Edits: To clarify, my credit card (A) is still in working condition and did not fail during my trip. I just simply had to rely on my credit card (B) for a couple of online payments because some websites simply wouldn't accept payments with credit card (A) for some odd reason, whereas (A) worked fine almost always on majority of the other websites.


I relied on my 45 litre Karrimor rugsack for my six months trip abroad. The capacity was more than what I needed, but it had straps that allowed me to reduce its bulk profile when I needed to keep it streamlined. In it, I carried with me camping gear and my regular day to day urban clothing and basic items for the entire trip.


No. If you're referring to those box type luggage on wheels, I did not bring one, and I'm glad I didn't. For long term backpacking trips with most of my accommodations being in hostels and only on rare occasions in hotels, I wanted to be free of dragging one around. Most parts of my trip are simply easier to traverse with a rugsack. At one point, I had to cross the Albania - Macedonia border on foot, so having only to carry my belongings on my back instead of pulling a luggage just allows for so much more freedom.
Your tips are very good, thanks for sharing! Im just curious about the overseas atms part though, since im not familiar with the whole cirrus and plus thingy. Do our local banks have that? E.g. Does it mean if i go this country and my atm can use cirrus network or something, i just use my usual atm pin number for it or is there a different set of pin numbers for overseas withdrawal?
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