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Jo Fitzsimons is a freelance travel writer who has visited over 50 countries. www.indianajo.com is the place where she shares destination details, travel itineraries, planning and booking tips and trip tales. Her aim: to help you plan your travel adventure on your terms and to your budget.

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  1. Scotty Elliott
    Scotty Elliott at | | Reply

    Thanks again Jo, I love the “Solo Rules” pic. Sums it up perfectly. I think you’re more of a target for scammers & worse, solo but as you put it you’re naturally more cautious alone. My first solo trip away overland Singapore to Nth Thailand in the first week I met the same Aussie couple 3 times, shame we didn’t have internet & Facebook those days or we’d still be friends. Traveling with family especially kids can be a low point, kids get sick = stress, plus I could have spent millennia around Angkor Wat but the wife & kids just weren’t that interested. That’s why my next trip (first one for years) will be solo Mexico to Lima, 105 days, I just can’t wait 🙂
    PS: I should be trip planning rather than reading your blogs but they are enjoyable 🙂

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  4. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam
    Miriam of Adventurous Miriam at | | Reply

    Really great post, Jo! I can totally relate to #1 – this has always been one of my fears. Once during a trip to Vietnam, we were in an overnight bus driving from Hoi An to Nga Trang when a guy asks if we can pull over. It was pitch dark, everyone else was asleep and a few went outside to use the bathroom, but as soon as the first came back in, the driver just started driving. I yelled at him to stop and saw the poor guy come running outside the window. Since then during stops, I’ve always asked someone in the bus to make sure the driver doesn’t leave without me!

  5. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer at | | Reply

    So many on-target things here! One of the things that sucks about traveling alone (that you touched on as well) is having no one to watch your bags when you have to pee. This happens to me all the time in restaurants!

  6. Ana
    Ana at | | Reply

    I was about to start writing about this too. I’m traveling solo at the moment n staying in hostels again after a few business trips for work involving fancy hotels and no time to make new friends.
    It feels good to hit the road my way again. And I met amazing ppl too. I love traveling alone but I understand it is a skill and not everybody can do it. Love your writing 😉

  7. Jo
    Jo at | | Reply

    Great post! I’d add to the ‘group decisions’ problem: peer pressure overriding your gut instincts.

    My worst ever travel day was looking for a private shuttle. I could tell that shuttle we’d found were dodgy. My group kept telling me I was paranoid, and pressured me to get on and shut up. Let’s just say I was right (I’m still too angry to write about it six months later!). It’s the only time I’ve actually cried on the road, and it was as much out of frustration at myself for not trusting my instinct and letting others bully me into a dangerous situation as it was about my stupid companions and the stupid scammers. If I’d been travelling solo, I’d never have gotten on the shuttle.

    Your reasons to travel alone convince me that it’s the way forward for me! I enjoyed travelling with my friend this year, but there’s no denying that we irritated each other with the things you mention.

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