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I am looking to book for the Great Wall of China next Sept/Oct. I am meant to be going with my eldest son, but as he is a Uni student he may not have the money, and as I can't afford to pay for the 2 of us, I will have to seriously look at going by myself. Its a really scary daunting thought as I've never been outside the UK by myself! Pathetic at my age really!
As a single girl, this year and my last 2 holidays have been on my own. But I have met some amazing people, and I think I might actually prefer it over holidaying with friends - you only need to worry about yourself, you can do what you like and you get to meet some like-minded people.
Don't be scared - its not as bad as you think!
I have to be honest - I check before I book as to whether its all couples on the trip or a good mixture of singles / couples / ages. I have one friend who ended up on a trip where she was the only solo traveller with couples who were all retired (she was about 30 at the time, so it was a bit strange).
I would absolutely hate to travel on an all female trip - a good mixture of people from different backgrounds & with different interests is what makes the trip interesting!
Hi all, I'm thinking of going on a solo trip to Cuba in June and as this is my first Exodus tour, and first holiday on my own, I'm a little bit apprehensive (and excited) about holidaying alone. I wondered if many people bothered with the single supplement and took a single room or what their experiences were of sharing a room with (at first) a stranger?
As long as cost is not an issue, I'd go for the single supplement; certainly if you are talking about a room, which infers hotel. Even on a camping trip I'd recommend it (i.e. your own tent). After all, you are only using the room/tent to sleep - you will be socialiing the rest of the time. It's quite nice not to have to think about anyone else, particularly a stranger, when you want to go to bed.
I am off on a trip on my own on Sunday and have booked single accomodation for the hotel either end of the trek. In September a friend and I are going to do the Via Ferrata Trek, and again, where possible we are looking for our own single roooms. Some privacy is nice, if not essential.
Enjoy Cuba and enjoy the idea of travelling alone - you will meet up with some fabulous people.
I have only travelled with Exodus twice so far and both times I travelled solo - India and Kenya. I have to say you do get a little nervous on the day of travel, but I find that such nerves quickly disappear and you feel at ease when you meet the rest of the group, who are most likely to be friendly indivduals (as they are in the same boat). I actually prefer to travel solo and find it exciting to meet new people. I easily get on well with other people, whether they are in a couple or not, old or young - it doesn't matter to me. We are all on a partcular trip because of a common passion for travel and adventure.
On both occasions, I have met very nice, friendly people who I have kept in touch with after thr trips.
I agree that travelling solo with the security of a group is an excellent way to see different countries and meet new people. I've never gone for the single supplement and, personally, I don't think I ever would.
Forget the nerves and just go for it.
I have been travelling solo for decades and I enjoy the freedom it gives you. You will find that the people on the trip are friendly.
I usually pay the single supplement, although there are some trips it is not really worthwhile because it only applies to one or two nights. It gives you a bit more space and you don't have to worry about making sure things don't get mixed up (especially for the flight home). I agree with Sarah L that if you share with someone you don't know either of you (more likely both of you) could have some habit than irritates the other.
I am going on La Isla Grande trip on the 22nd of this month and hoping that I will meet similar people to those I met on my two previous trips to the Amalfi coast and to the Turquoise Coast. Everyone was so nice and we seemed to gel very quickly as a group both times. I have booked the single supplement as I like to have the option of some time on my own if I want. On the previous trips there was not a lot of 'spare' time however.
I have posted a message in Departure Lounge twice since I booked this trip but no one has replied as yet! Anyone out there going on this trip?
Hi Trish, It's great to hear that you're looking forward to joining our Cuba trip the Isla Grande this month. We have a nice size group on this departure so you'll certainly have plenty of company. I went to Cuba recently and it's a wonderful destination - this is quite a busy itinerary that takes you to all of the highlights so I'm sure you will not be disappointed! Trinidad and Baracoa were my favourite areas, as well as time in Havana to soak up the atmosphere. Have a great time and if you do have any questions before your departure please don't hesitate to contact our Customer Operations team.
With kind regardsVicky Boughton (Trip Manager).
Thanks for your reply. I am really looking forward to the trip as I have wanted to visit Cuba for a long time. One thing that is concerning me though is what money to take. The trip notes advise against travellers cheques and say that ATMs are not widespread. I don't want to travel with wads of cash and would be grateful for your opinion on being able to use the cash machines that are available.
Thanks for your reply and info.
I have another enquiry, this time regarding mobile phones. I don't intend to spend my holiday contacting people but would like to be contactable for family by text. I know I have left this very late as I realised my own phone wasn't going to work in Cuba and that I need a triband phone. Is it worth going to the expense of getting a new phone, what is the mobile coverage like in Cuba?
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Had a really good time in Cuba on the La Isla Grande trip - a great mix of history, sightseeing, relaxing and some walking. Had no problems with the money, had just enough with me to last the two weeks. My phone didn't work but did manage on a couple of occasions to use the internet without too much hassle or connection problems. All in all a trip to recommend.
Hi everyone, really interesting to see all your comments about solo trips as I'm just about to go on my first solo trip with Exodus in July to Tuscany! Feeling very excited although still a little apprehensive but looking forward to meeting some new people.
Afternoon everyone, as a newcomer to Exodus and recently retired I'm interested to know what the general makeup of the travel groups are?
I'm aware of the Solo Departures but there are others that I fancy but don't want to end up as the only old git (59) on the trip !
Really fancy the Everest base camp trip btw.
I cam back from the Yellowstone trip last month - 12 of us on the trip, all travelling on our own! To be fair, it is usual to have a bit of a mix with the odd couple plus friends travelling together rather than all singles.
We also had a real mix of age ranges - from late 20s through to mid 50s - so that shouldn't be a problem.
I have rung Exodus in the past about trips I'm interested in and got them to give me the low down on who has already booked. Nothing specific, just an idea as to whether they're travelling as couples, singles and approx age ranges.
Go for it! Nothing wrong with travelling alone, you soon make friends and you'll wish you did it sooner. I've done seven trips with Exodus and six I did on my own, the seventh was with two friends I met on an Exodus trip....so that worked out well!!!
As a single female I was a bit nervous of traveling alone but Exodus have allowed me to see amazing places, off the beaten track, building my confidence hich I wouldn't have done on my own. Go for it!
I've been looking at booking an Exodus trip for a while now but have never been brave enough to go for it and never travelled alone before.
From reading some of the threads here, I worry that I'll end up on a trip with either lots of couples or lots of older solo travellers...nothing against the older ones but would like to have people my own age to talk to (and I've shy enough at the best of times so would be easier to integrate with solos rather than couples...)
Anyone that lives in Scotland or North of England in same situation? In an ideal world I'd love to meet up with fellow travellers to say "Hi" beforehand!
I have been on 3 Exodus trips in the last couple of years and found that the ages ranged from mid/late 20's to mid 60's. They were mostly single women with some couples and friends travelling together.
Only on my last trip did I meet any other Scottish people! The others I met were mostly from the south of England or Midlands. I live in Scotland and do know people here who have been on Exodus trips but they have had the same experience as me re make up of groups.
I always found that everyone mixed well. You should give it a try as it is a great way to see places and I found it a good way to travel on my own.
If you're worried, its always worth speaking to Exodus before you book a trip and they can tell you whether its all couples currently booked on it. All of mine have been a real mix to date (ages, sex and people travelling alone / together).
On my last trip everyone was travelling independently & we all got along - just by being interested in the trip means you've got something in common!
Thanks for that! Can I ask what trip you went on?
The last trip was Yellowstone (hiking & camping), but I've also been to Costa Rica and Ethiopia with Exodus. We had 2 couples on the Costa Rica trip (1x honeymooners, which I thought was brave!) and everyone else was travelling independently. The Ethiopia trip was more couples based, and the group was split between older aged couples and a few of us in the sub 40 bracket - but we all got along well.
I'm sure whichever trip you go on you'll have fun -never had a bad trip with Exodus so far!
I'm off on the AMS trip to Marrakech and the sahara, really looking forward to it but still scaring me
I recently did TMB traveling on my own - my first with Exodus. I can echo what many have said here - it's well worth it. We had a great mix of people of all age's, single and couple alike. It made for a great 15 days and loved every minute of it.
Oh one thing I did was kept my eye's peeled at the airport for people with the "luggage label 4 life" or Exodus kitbags. Chatting at the airport was great for killing the time and getting rid of some of those solo travel nerves.
Enjoy your trip!
I've done about 5 Exodus trips, all as a solo traveller and all have been amazing. Two in particular, Japan and Jordan, have left me with some really good friends who I see regularly and have even travelled with in recent years. If anyone out there is nervous about travelling alone - don't be! I always check about the make up of the group going on my planned trip to make sure there is a relatively good mix of solo travellers and couples or friends. I've never been on a trip where I was the only solo traveller and I'm not sure I'd want to be but where there's a mix of people you're guaranteed to find people to keep you company when you want. Travelling on my own has made exploring the world so much fun and I wouldn't think twice about booking a holiday alone anymore. You never know who you might meet!!
Enjoy your trips everyone
About 10 years ago I lived in Japan for 3 years and travelled around all over Asia with friends and alone without batting an eyelid. 10 years later back in the UK on with a demanding job, stress etc, I have ended up doing package holidays for simplicity and have started to lose that sense of confidence of travelling alone to more wacky places. Problem is that I miss the sense of adventure and being 'alive' and as as all my friends and family are either settled down or don't have time or money, travelling alone does become my only option. Thing is you either sit at home dreaming of foreign lands full of fear and regret or you take the plunge travelling alone (you're not really alone from what I can see on an Exodus holiday) and risk it for a biscuit! You might have the experience of a lifetime! (This is what I am telling myself anyway to get my backside out of the door!)
i am from malta and i've been thinking of travelling alone, just to try a new experience. im not usually good at being alone so this will be an even bigger challenge, moreover i'm really shy and tend to keep back at least at the beginning. i really need sometime off from home and this should be ideal....i'd like to try a safari in kenya, what do u suggest? is it always so easy to travel solo? i'm really interested in making some new friends ..thanks in advance to all those who are goign to reply
Here is page http://www.exodus.co.uk/activities-experiences/solo-departures? with all the solo departures we offer. The group made up of predominantly solo travellers.
I'm not great in my own company, i get bored of myself very quickly but really wanted to go away with other to meet new people and expereince new things. I'm off to Morocco on Sunday on my first Solo holiday so I'll let you know how I get on
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