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Dominican Republic Solo Travel

Hi everyone. I just got back from a month in Colombia and I want to go to another Spanish speaking country, this time only for a week/10 days. I was thinking about the Dominican Republic but I can’t really find that much information on backpacking there. I’d rather stay away from Punta Cana and places that are super commercial, I like smaller towns, any cute places in the mountains etc.

Was looking at starting my trip in Santo Domingo and making my way through El Higuero, Los Morenos, Santiago, Jamao del Norte, Cabarete, Jarabacoa, and Puerto Plata. And I’d love to see
Parque Nacional Los Haitise but haven’t looked where that is on the map.

Any recommendations? Is it relatively safe for solo female travelers? I know some Spanish but I’m not fluent, I did ok in Colombia though.

Any advice is appreciated!! Thank youuuu <3

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Opinion

I love traveling and solo traveling in general and not many women from my country does bag-packing.
I am kinda the first in my family and even in my large friend circle. So the emotional and mental breakdowns I face is even hard to explain to others

My recent trip has been roller coaster but I was adamant to keep moving. I knew it would be hard but didn’t knew it would be so hard.
On one such discussion with my best friend, he made this comment “maybe I am traveling to escape my problems” and this has made me thinking.

I love to travel and for me everything revolves around it. Infact all the decisions I make are to ensure that I can see the world as quick as possible before there is any dramatic changes or before I die

But how do I know if I am traveling out of my love or traveling to escape other problems back at home?

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Help planning a week long trip to Jordan?

So, I M25 from the UK, I have booked to go to Jordan for a week in mid November, going from Saturday 12 November to Saturday 19 November.

I fly into Aqaba direct from Gatwick on the 12 November, and I planned on spending two days there just to acclimitise. I understand that there is not much there, and it’s more of a resort/beach town than anything else so fancied a couple of days there to relax.

I then planned on going to Wadi Rum and staying there for a night to check it out. I understand that there are hostels there, however, how easy is it to get from Aqaba to Wadi Rum?

Similarly, I then plan on going from Wadi Rum to Petra. Is there a direct bus from Wadi Rum to Petra? Or would I have to go back to Aqaba and then go to Petra?

Similarly, that would take me up to Tuesday to arrive at Petra. How long should I stay in Petra for 1 or 2 nights? Once I eventually get to Amman, was it worth booking a tour of the dead sea? Or can I DIY it?

Thanks in advance!

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Help with Germany itinerary

Hey all,

As I’ve posted in here already, I’m doing a big Europe trip from mid August to early December. Really struggling to map out my Germany itinerary, since I want to see a bunch of places all over the country.

These are the places I’ve jotted down as places I’d like to visit: Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Berchtesgaden, Leipzig, Rothenberg, Nuremberg, Dresden.

I know, it’s a lot. The plan is to be in Germany for roughly 2.5 weeks. Planning to spend a full week in Berlin, five days in Munich, and three in Hamburg. So that leaves only 3-4 days for the rest. So here’s what I want to know: Which places should I skip? Which are best for day trips, which should I spend a night in?

I’m excited for Berlin and Munich but I definitely want to see some smaller towns as well. Would be cool to get several different tastes of what Germany is like. My interests include seeing major sights, nightlife, trying new food, some museums, etc.

I will be coming from Paris in late September, so Cologne would likely be the first destination in Germany. BUT, I wouldn’t mind getting over to Munich quickly to experience a day of Oktoberfest. Might as well if I’m going to be in the country, right? After Germany I’ll be going to either Austria or Prague, depending what my final destination in Germany is.

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India question: Ranthambore NP v Kazaringa NP

Have a trip to India next January/February and am trying choose between these two parks.

Has anyone been to both? Which did you prefer? Would love to see a tiger which I think is somewhat unlikely in either place despite both having high population numbers. Does one of them offer a better chance of seeing tigers? How do they compare in terms of other animals and other sights – I could do both but definitely cutting other places shorter to include both.

*For context loved safari in Africa but did an elephant safari in Sri Lanka and was somewhat underwhelmed. Another reason maybe not to do both.

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What do you consider a good time to travel alone to be?

I think there’s a sort of romanticism to doing it for an extended period but if it’s too brief it is a little underwhelming imo. There’s something more authentic about travelling solo because I think it taps more into what compelled some people to travel in the past. Nowadays travel is so easy that even people who wouldn’t be intrepid travellers by nature just go away. I’m not saying one is better than the other but it’s not like 500 years ago crews were going away on weekend aways to get hammered or sit by the beach.

From Thursday I’ll be travelling for 13 days which is good but maybe a little short to truly have that disconnection from life back home. I am looking forward to getting some sun and just taking it easy. I am travelling through Romania and Bulgaria.

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South America Solo Trip

I am planning my next solo trip to South America. In the past I have done multiple solo trips across Europe, United States, Brazil and India.

I plan to spend about 20 days in each country and am looking to travel between October to December 2022

In the past I have planned my itineraries sometimes to the day and other times I have just winged it. These are the main attractions and cities I want to visit on this trip.

**Argentina**

*Buenos Aires
*Iguazu Falls
*Perito Moreno Glacier
*Ushuaia

**Chile**

*Torres del Paine
*Catedral de Marmol
*Santiago
*Easter Island
*Atacama Desert

**Bolivia**

*Laguna Colorada
*Salar de Uyuni
*Eduardo Avaroa
*La Paz
*Lake Titicaca Bolivia

**Peru**

*Lake Titicaca Peru
*Cusco
*Machu Picchu
*Lima
*Huascaran & Laguna Paron

**Columbia**

*Bogota
*Cano Cristales
*San Agustin Park
*Cartagena

Is this too much to visit in 3 months? I am still in the initial phase of planning my trip and would love any feedback.

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Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by land?

I’m arriving to Singapore the third week of Semptember for my first big solo trip, about 2 months. Plans were to fly out to Indonesia soon after. I’m considering waiting about a week though and flying out from Kuala Lumpur.

Has anyone crossed the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur border by bus or train? Is it easy or at least doable? I was considering stopping in Melaka for a day or two as well since it seems very pretty and I think I’ll be overwhelmed after a couple days in big metropolis.

So rough plan was spending 3 nights in Singapore, 1 in Melaka and then 2-3 in Kuala Lumpur before going to Yogyakarta and start exploring Indonesia from there.

Is anything else I should consider? Being the end of September, weather seems good in all those countries and as far as I’ve seen covid restrictions have *finally* been lifted everywhere.

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I have a little over a week off in July and am stumped on where to go

I’m a fairly seasoned solo traveler but things seem so damn expensive right now. I’m currently a grad student so I can’t just drop $1.2k on a car rental for a week. $1.2k is my soft max budget. I’m based in a small Canadian city ~3 hrs from Toronto called Kingston. I can fly out of Ottawa the easiest, but it’s a $50 bus ride to Toronto or Montreal.

Some ideas I had:

* Hike Gros Morne in Newfoundland. Fly to St John’s from Toronto , car rental , hostels ~$40/night. Food, gas….This is too expensive.
* Fly to Halifax from Ottawa but there aren’t any car rentals in Halifax so I wouldn’t be able to get to any good hikes. I’d be stuck in Halifax.
* Rent a car for the entire 8-9 days here in Kingston for ~$500, drive to Halifax, make fun stops along the way in Maine and New Brunswick. Hike in northern Nova Scotia for a few days, come back. Gas would be another $500 or so , hostel is $40/night or so, food, etc. I’d probably hit soft budget pretty easily with this trip. I’m reluctant because the drive is long so if it isn’t scenic then it’s a waste of time for me. Another plus with this is low risk of catching Covid and ruining the trip.
* Fly to Vancouver or Victoria , rent a car for the week , hike in the Rockies or drive to Tofino. I’ve done this before though and only about 2 years ago. I know I’d enjoy myself but it’d be nice to do something new for a change.

Other flights were pretty pricy and I don’t have much interest going to a place like Florida . Open to going to other countries.

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First solo trip to Singapore and learning about myself

With travel around the world opening up again, I decided to take my first ever solo trip. I’ve wanted to go on a solo trip for years and I’ve certainly talked the talk but there’s no point in just *saying* I can do it, I gotta actually do it and see if I can walk the walk. So a week ago, I set off on a week long journey to Singapore.

**Planes and accommodation**

The biggest mistake was that I did this on a whim. I had never planned to go to Singapore and had never researched into it so I didn’t really know what I wanted to do there. The trip really was more about finding out what I liked and was capable of and Singapore seemed a relatively decent location to do so

This meant plane tickets were more expensive than they had to be, probably 1.5x the cost. The hotel on the other hand were fine as I managed to snag a pretty great deal for a 3 star hotel, price was 45% off or something.

**Activities**

The first 2 days were tourist traps and I found these disappointing. I didn’t like the ArtScience Museum or the Gardens but I did enjoy the National Museum and Asian Civilizations Museum. So I took a break on the 3rd day to do some researching in the hotel room and found Singapore has a slight obsession with their WW2 history. I then spent the remaining 3 days mostly trudging around the outskirts of the city state visiting tiny museums and memorials and greatly enjoyed myself. I also visited the Singapore City Gallery and took a ferry trip to an Island .

**Culture, Food and the Weather**

As an early riser and early sleeper, Singapore’s culture definitely wasn’t suited to me. I’d wake up at 6 then have to sleep in till 9 because nothing would be open yet. Then everything would close at 4. I understand why but it ain’t for me. On the other hand, I did get to sleep a lot.

I’m not a foodie so I’m only qualified to say the food was ok but the lines were atrocious .

The weather was ridiculously humid. I live in Sydney and even on the 40 degree days here I wouldn’t sweat but I’d go outside for 5 minutes in Singapore and I’d be soaked. I definitely used more of the MRT system than I was expecting .

**Overall**

Given the trip was less about the city and more about discovering myself, I think I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about more interests in traveling, what my physical, fiscal and mental limits are and whether I should continue solo traveling in the future.

It’s became apparent that I’m very miserly. I balked at spending over a hundred dollars a day. I knew I was frugal but I hadn’t realised just how much I refuse to spend money on leisure. On the flipside, if it meant doing ‘cheap or free’ things, I’d be prepared to take unusual and uncomfortable measures to make it happen. Many museums/memorials were effectively in the middle of nowhere but it didn’t bother me too much to swelter away for half an hour to get there.

I found it interesting that while in the middle of the city, I felt vaguely lonely but while alone in god knows where, I was 100% ok with it. Why? Dunno. Bears investigation.

It was a great trip and I’m looking forward to the next one. I fully intend that to be much better planned however and not slapped together haphazardly.