Traveling solo seems a bit scary -- who will help you? To whom will you talk?
You'll quickly get past those fears with your first solo trip. Start with an easy jaunt on a bus or train alone (see page 2), or think about going couch surfing. Couchsurfing.com is a non-profit outfit joining travelers with available living room lodging -- you'll meet like minded folks and get a free place to flop, and with thousands of couch surfers in the US and Canada, you can try your first solo overnighter in the next town.
Conquering Solo Travel FearsGoing alone doesn't mean losing touch or getting in trouble -- resources for solo travelers:
- Learn about staying connected with the internet and international snail mail and phone callls
- Tips for women travelers
- Travel safety overview
- Travel health
Meeting Other Student Travelers
- Stay in youth hostels -- you'll never lack for someone with whom to visit.
- Look for backpacker events you'll like, and make scenes like Europe's best summer concerts or find the New Year's Eve party or Halloween happening.
- Learn a little language -- if you can speak a few words of a foreign tongue, you can make a friend in another land.
Next page: student travel new year's resolution #5 -- resolve to be more of a traveler than a tourist.
"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off."
--Henry David Thoreau