Everyone having a voice and place to express themselves has turned out to be a bummer. I don't know what I was expecting from this sub but it definitely wasn't "I'm sad, I'm having a hard time communicating in a language that was not my first language, I'm sad, I made friends with someone I only spent 3 days with and it was the deepest connection I ever had with someone in my whole life, how do I go on?"
Seriously? Just continue living your life and enjoying the amazing opportunity you have access to which is traveling. Not many people have the privilege to travel, if they did I'm sure they'd be too excited to be depressed about things not going how they assumed they would or being depressed that the friends they made went their separate ways.
Isn't the reason we travel solo is to get out our comfort zone, to see new places, have new experiences, experience other cultures? Everything that happens, the good the bad is a result of our choices and the risk we took leaving our comfort zone. Not every damn connection needs to be a post of how sad you are yall went your separate ways.
Of all the places I've been I never got on the plane assuming this trip is going to exactly how I planned. Fun in itself is a language, I had no trouble enjoying myself somewhere I didn't know the language. Sometimes the best times had are a result of the little words we have to share between each other, only laughter and feelings. Suddenly before we know it without us even realizing it, we're a kid all over again experiencing discomfort or joy. It's a gift and a pleasure and gives us insight and life experiences.
I'm just sad to see so many young people so sad about normal things in life, especially when traveling. We have so many forms of communication today that make it easier staying in contact with one another but it's still not enough for many people.
I feel like this sub is full of hopeless romantic highschoolers.
I'm going to make a solo travel sub for ages 40+ even though I'm only in my 30s. 30s isn't old but this place makes me feel like I'm an old man.
Edit: many people made a good point that is pretty consistent with the younger generation of today. Instagram tends to have a negative influence on peoples lives and decision making. Not that I'm old and wise because I'm not, I'm only in my 30s and an idiot at times, but social media was significantly less prevalent and present in our lives, for all ages at the time. It stayed home and didn't leave with you when you went out the door.
Comparison is the thief of progress my friends.
Packing time! Let's gather ideas here. Besides the usual clothing, camera gear etc, which useful item do you always take with you when you travel by yourself for an extended time? Anything that you've used for safety, comfort, or any kind of travelhack. Shorter trip answers are welcome too!
I'll start: 20 meters of cheap, $1 hobby rope. This stuff packs very lightly and I'll use it as
a clothesline to dry laundry.
a toggleable lock for a door.
a webbing to tie to my backpack, giving me more attachment points.
a lasso loop (by snipping off about 20cm) that will hold a standard water bottle by the neck.
a bedguard that keeps me from rolling off of the top bunk, by spiralling it between the bedframe over the mattress.
a loop to suspend food from to protect from ants.
loop holders for my wet shoes, to attach them to my backpack and dry whilst walking.
No matter where, or which kind of trip (camp, hotel, backpack), this is the very first thing I toss in my pack. Let's hear yours!
Hi everyone, I'm 10 days into my 2 months trip and today is my lowest day.
I understand it has to happen someday and I'm sure tomorrow will be better, but I just don't know how to occupy my day.
I'm hangover, haven't met anyone in the city and yesterday night I got robbed (just about 60€ and a pack of cigarettes, so nothing that is really problematic and it was pickpockets so not even violent/traumatic, it's just that I find it a little bit humiliating I guess) so I understand where this blue day is coming from.
In such a day at home I'd just snuggle under a blanket and watch Netflix or play video games but I'm staying in a hostel and don't have privacy.
I don't really know what to do with my day, what do you guys recommend? I was maybe thinking about going to the movies but I think I'd just fall asleep lol
It was cold and wet, and I was living off of street meat. The trams were packed and I had forgotten a mask. So it was inevitable really.
I bought some multivitamins and fruit to give my system a boost.
On a long long trip, time is slightly less precious. But on a trip of exploring several cities, it feels harder to slow down.
What are your experiences with getting ill and managing it on a trip?
This is my first time traveling alone (female, 37). I fly into Victoria where I will be meeting a friend from WA and will spend day 1&2 there together. Day 3 I am on my own and plan to make my way to Vancouver. I don’t have much planned other than to rent a bicycle and ride through Stanley Park. Day 5 I will be hiking Grouse, then back to Victoria on day 6 as I fly out the morning of day 7. Looking for suggestions on:
Hostels in both cities or any mini cabin/shack-like rentals. I checked out a couple on hipcamp but there weren’t many options. I really only need a place to sleep and keep my suitcase.
Transportation- Car rental to Grouse, would this be the best option to get there from downtown Vancouver? I was told about Evo a rideshare app. Is it a good option for getting around the city?
Food- I love seafood, any recommendations on places to eat in either city?
Any recommendations on where else I should check out while in Vancouver? All I have in mind is Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain, Suspension Bridge, and Chinatown.
Thank you for any advice, I didn’t know where else to ask and am relatively new to Reddit. I am very overwhelmed at starting to put together my itinerary but I leave in 2 weeks!