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Old 14-01-2012, 09:21 PM   #16
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Good for you. I travel alone frequently, and have been doing so for more than 10 years. Occasionally, I travel with friends but it is very hard to get people to put aside 2 weeks away from work and family, so I prefer to just go on my own. I'm a guy, but I increasingly meet females traveling on their own too. Females just have to be abit more careful.

I have freedom to sleep late if I feel like it, and can change plans at a whim. Since I am Singaporean, I can travel visa-free to many countries which makes impromptu decisions much easier since I don't have to apply for visa in advance.

I've been to more than 30 countries (of course including HK and BKK) and have accumulated alot of experience on travel and would not mind sharing them. Let me know if you think you need some advice on any aspect of travel. I'm happy to share my knowledge. Some of my trips are multi-city multi-country which requires more planning and info, but I still manage it free-and-easy. In fact, I just returned a few days ago from a 3-country trip.

The best general advice I can give are:
1. travel light (just 1 light bag)
2. buy travel insurance
3. Keep your passport, sparecash and a spare credit/ATM card in a money belt under your clothes. If your bag or wallet gets stolen, you'll still be able to buy replacements and continue your journey. Claim travel insurance when you get back.
4. Get a smartphone ( I use android, but iPhone would work too). Keep your destination guide, itinerary, airline e-ticket and hotel confirmations in your smartphone. Use it to look up latest destination info and weather, and book hotels online.
5. Download maps onto your smartphone, and mark the locations where your hotel is (googlemaps can give you the coordinates, or if you are IT savvy, you can download the locations directly from google maps as a KML file). This makes it easy for you to guide the taxi driver in big 3rd world cities where the streets are so confusing that even the taxi drivers can't find the hotel, esp the smaller hotels in small sidestreets. Use the GPS function on your phones to do this. Also mark the places of interest in the map for the same reason.
I got lost several times in Tokyo but at least nobody will grumble and nag lolz.
Ya I think I should start getting travel insurance.. Have fear of losing my passport though
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Old 14-01-2012, 10:15 PM   #17
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Old 15-01-2012, 12:43 AM   #18
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I am a female and I don't understand why everytime someone find out I am female+traveling alone+ F&E, their jaws drop
singaporeans are so freaking close-minded!
females travelling alone are a dime a dozen nowadays.
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Old 15-01-2012, 01:07 AM   #19
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I got lost several times in Tokyo but at least nobody will grumble and nag lolz.
haha cannot agree more on this point
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Old 15-01-2012, 11:06 AM   #20
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I hate to travel in a large group because hard to make everyone happy. End up paying so much for a trip just to accommodate others. Nowadays, I either travel alone or limit the traveling group to no more than 3.
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Old 15-01-2012, 11:47 AM   #21
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Actually I met a lot females who travel alone. In fact, most of them are females. Guys usually travel in a pair. So you are not the odd one out.

I would say its really different travelling alone. If you are lucky, u will just meet some random people from other countries and continue the day trip with you. If you are damn sui, it will be like raining and you basically cant do anything and talk to anybody. Anyway, it is awesome to travel alone, dun worry!
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Old 15-01-2012, 12:12 PM   #22
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i like to travel with a big group of frz, this will teach me how to give and take, more acccomodate to others..
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Old 15-01-2012, 01:35 PM   #23
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haha I hate those tours where 'have to meet at hotel lobby at 7am'
For my Tokyo trip, I once woke at 12pm
Yeah. I agreed. Woke up at 8pm once when I was at Australia, as I didn't slept the whole night and after when I check-in.
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Old 15-01-2012, 11:57 PM   #24
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The most important thing that traveling alone or in a group is that you must enjoy yourself. No rushing. Take your time and relax and enjoy
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Old 16-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #25
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When it's raining, you can still do alot ! Slightly more inconvenient, but you can still do sightseeing. I always bring a lightweight aluminium umbrella, which works great in light rain.

Once, when I was in Taipei ( Dan Shui ), it was raining very very heavily. I just did what the Taiwanese do : buy a poncho from a convenience store and walked out into the rain. My shoes got wet but but my body was relatively dry, and I didn't have to waste 2 hours waiting under a shelter. After the rain stopped, I just removed my socks, put my shoes back on, and continued my sight-seeing. What you can do is completely up to you. You can hide from the rain, or you can treat the rain as just part and parcel of the trip.



If you are damn sui, it will be like raining and you basically cant do anything and talk to anybody. Anyway, it is awesome to travel alone, dun worry!
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Old 16-01-2012, 10:03 PM   #26
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Always buy travel insurance. The $50 you spend gives you peace of mind against flight delays, missed flights, lost luggage, stolen bags, medical emergencies, accidents, etc. The $50 is a small price to pay to ensure your $1000 trip is not wasted or spoiled. If you travel more than 4 times a year, consider buying annual travel insurance.

As for your passport, the general practice is :
1. Photocopy or take a photo of your passport details page. This will be useful for the embassy if you lose your passport. Keep the copy in a safe place separate from your passport.
2. Put your passport in the hotel safe if they have one. Otherwise, protect it in a plastic bag and keep it in a money belt. A money belt, which is a small, flat pouch worn under your clothes, pretty much guarantees that you will never lose your passport unless you lose your pants while sightseeing, which is quite impossible.

If you are not in a hurry and not feeling tired, getting lost is actually quite fun. You get to walk around many places that the average tourist will probably never see. One of my most memorable times was when I got lost in the small alleys of Venice. I had successfully navigated the small alleys the previous day, so I thought I could find my way out this time, but nooooo... I spent an extra hour or so wondering around and seeing how the locals spend their time before stumbling on the right street. Quite a nice way to spend an hour. Nowadays, with GPS and maps on phones, getting lost will be a thing of the past.



I got lost several times in Tokyo but at least nobody will grumble and nag lolz.
Ya I think I should start getting travel insurance.. Have fear of losing my passport though
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Old 16-01-2012, 10:14 PM   #27
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Always buy travel insurance. The $50 you spend gives you peace of mind against flight delays, missed flights, lost luggage, stolen bags, medical emergencies, accidents, etc. The $50 is a small price to pay to ensure your $1000 trip is not wasted or spoiled. If you travel more than 4 times a year, consider buying annual travel insurance.

As for your passport, the general practice is :
1. Photocopy or take a photo of your passport details page. This will be useful for the embassy if you lose your passport. Keep the copy in a safe place separate from your passport.
2. Put your passport in the hotel safe if they have one. Otherwise, protect it in a plastic bag and keep it in a money belt. A money belt, which is a small, flat pouch worn under your clothes, pretty much guarantees that you will never lose your passport unless you lose your pants while sightseeing, which is quite impossible.

If you are not in a hurry and not feeling tired, getting lost is actually quite fun. You get to walk around many places that the average tourist will probably never see. One of my most memorable times was when I got lost in the small alleys of Venice. I had successfully navigated the small alleys the previous day, so I thought I could find my way out this time, but nooooo... I spent an extra hour or so wondering around and seeing how the locals spend their time before stumbling on the right street. Quite a nice way to spend an hour. Nowadays, with GPS and maps on phones, getting lost will be a thing of the past.
totally agree on these. getting lost is part of the fun and adventure! there are interesting places, shops, eatery etc just around the corner, away from the main tourist areas... places u will never discovery unless u got lost and ventured out of the beaten path

and yah, do get travel insurance... missed connections and delayed luggages are very common, especially when transiting
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Old 16-01-2012, 10:50 PM   #28
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How guys get your handphone and gps charged on the go? say you decided to stay in a very run down hostel which does not provide any electrical socket and battery is running too low for next day's trip?
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Old 16-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #29
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Always buy travel insurance. The $50 you spend gives you peace of mind against flight delays, missed flights, lost luggage, stolen bags, medical emergencies, accidents, etc. The $50 is a small price to pay to ensure your $1000 trip is not wasted or spoiled. If you travel more than 4 times a year, consider buying annual travel insurance.

As for your passport, the general practice is :
1. Photocopy or take a photo of your passport details page. This will be useful for the embassy if you lose your passport. Keep the copy in a safe place separate from your passport.
2. Put your passport in the hotel safe if they have one. Otherwise, protect it in a plastic bag and keep it in a money belt. A money belt, which is a small, flat pouch worn under your clothes, pretty much guarantees that you will never lose your passport unless you lose your pants while sightseeing, which is quite impossible.

If you are not in a hurry and not feeling tired, getting lost is actually quite fun. You get to walk around many places that the average tourist will probably never see. One of my most memorable times was when I got lost in the small alleys of Venice. I had successfully navigated the small alleys the previous day, so I thought I could find my way out this time, but nooooo... I spent an extra hour or so wondering around and seeing how the locals spend their time before stumbling on the right street. Quite a nice way to spend an hour. Nowadays, with GPS and maps on phones, getting lost will be a thing of the past.


haha I took a longggg time to get to Hakone due to getting lost... By the time I reached the sky was getting dark and I did not know what time the last bus was so I quickly took a few pics and made my way down. It was so deserted and not a single pax at the bus stop. Can't imagine missing the last bus and having to stay at one of the costly hotels at Hakone
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Old 17-01-2012, 12:53 PM   #30
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Travelling alone can be addictive!

I started 2 years ago and have been travelling alone every once in a while. I feel that each time just gets better. 1 con of travelling alone is that there are no one to take photos for you and i don't really like to ask a passerby to do it as it's quite Awkward ~ :p
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