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  1. SuzieD
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    I think the important thing for a solo traveller is not where u go, but what options are available.

    I *really* recommend going on a trip with Exodus or Explore or one of those adventure companies. They are excellent and a great way to meet other people.

    However, I have also gone *full-solo*, so to speak. If u decide to do that my main tips would be…

    1. Stay in hostels, they are THE BEST place to meet other travelers.

    2. If there are no hostels, go on 1 or 2 day activity outings, e.g. diving, climbing, canyoning, etc. They are another great way to meet people.

    3. Carry your smartphone with you and join websites like or AirBnB to help meet other people. None of them are perfect, but they are useful.

    4. Go on a backpacker-type bus tour. They are brilliant also and a great way to hook w guys:)

    1. IndianaJo
      IndianaJo at | | Reply

      Good tips, Suzie, thanks and I definitely agree. I’d also add that pitching up to any of the places listed in Lonely Planet is a good way to get to meet other travellers. However, some places do make it naturally easier to meet other people like Latin America. India, on the other hand, I found a bit trickier as a solo because of the lack of hostels and it seems most people are there to navel gaze rather than meet other travellers (indeed, I spent a lot of time spent contemplating the meaning of life!) – mostly it’s a case of figuring out what you want when you travel solo (meet others or a quiet place for introspection, or a mix of both (SE Asia!)) and go from there.

  2. Indiana Jo
    Indiana Jo at | | Reply

    Fair point, Gary, though thankfully not yet! 🙂 I read a quote (on a bar wall!) recently – The brave may not live long, but the cautious do not live at all! That said, it was probably for the best I didn't do the bungee in the nightclub. That probably wouldn't have ended well.

  3. Anonymous
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    People who do things without fearing them end up………..dead. Cheers, Gary

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