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Travelling alone - Should I be worried?

Postby charlotte1604 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 3:57 pm

I have been waiting (saving!) to go travelling for two years now and it is getting close to booking my trip but I have a few concerns!
I am a 19 year old female and will be travelling by myself to Argentina, Ecuador, Galapagos and Costa Rica. Obviously, everywhere has it's own safety concerns but should I be worried travelling by myself?
I definalty want to do it all by myself - I am rather independant and want to make this trip absoultely perfect!
Plus, I know this isn't GAP related, I will be taking four flights all that stop over at some point (London -Buenas Aries, Buenas Aries - Quito, Quito - San Jose, San Jose - London) and I am very concerned about missing my connection! Any advice?

Thanks, I probably seem a bit daft but I want to make sure I feel 100% about every aspect of travelling and would just love to hear from you who have done something similar!
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Re: Travelling alone - Should I be worried?

Postby IncaTrail50 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:23 pm

You aren't really alone when you travel with GAP. Each joining hotel has information about GAP and the hotel staff are really great with GAP travelers. They can sometimes put you in touch with the local GAP guide even outside your trip days. Don't forget, although your GAP trip may leave on say a Wednesday, other ones leave on other days so another guide may be able to help you if necessary outside your trip days. Don't forget that GAP offers airport to hotel transfers and they can be much more comforting than hailing a cab on your own.
About connecting husband and I have missed a number of flights over the 35 years we've been traveling and the various airline people have been absolutely fabulous about getting us on another flight, often at no extra charge. If you feel on a flight that you are getting close to missing a connection let the flight attendant know. They may be able to radio ahead and get information about the connection. Sometimes the connecting flight is far behind schedule and you are worrying about nothing!
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Re: Travelling alone - Should I be worried?

Postby rushybear » Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:49 am

@charlotte1604, hi, i read your post and am in some way relieved that i'm not the only one with these concerns; your concerns are EXACTLY the same as what's been on my mind recently. I'm a 21yr old female also travelling alone. Although i've travelled before, it has always been with family and in hindsight, i was never that responsible for myself and my comings and goings- always had my parents doing things for me. I've also been saving for this and have finally booked now, am doing Buenos Aires - Montevido - Rio de Janeiro. What's been putting my mind at ease though (which will hopefully be of assistance to you too) - is that on the trip, it's likely there'll be a alot of other people by themselves too who will before and after the gap trip be taking similar flights as i don't think you'll be completely alone all the time and can co-ordinate travelling together. And for those moments when you are alone, just watch your flight times and make sure you're where you need to be. I've arranged for my travel agent to book transfers between all the airports and hotels to make sure i make it to and from the airport timeously...


I'm sure you'll have a wonderful trip, be safe!
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Re: Travelling alone - Should I be worried?

Postby desiree2 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:59 am

When my daughter was 18 she travelled from Australia to Peru by herself. She had travelled many times before, but like yourselves, had always been with family. I think I was more nervous than her and sent her off with 6 pages of typed notes telling her what to do in just about any eventuality. I'm pretty sure she didn't refer to my notes at all but managed to travel safely by air from Sydney - Auckland - Buenos Aires - Lima and then by bus from Lima - Trujillo - Chiclayo.
With regard to connecting flights, make your way to the gate as soon as possible. It's much better to be bored while waiting for your flight than in a blind panic trying to get there with 5 minutes to spare. Despite even the best of plans, it is possible to miss a connecting flight (due to bad weather, or, in my case, not enough fuel available in Sydney which meant that the flight had to stopover in Melbourne which meant an overnight stopover in Singapore before picking up my tour a day late). If this happens, don't panic. There's nothing you can do to change the weather or whatever. In certain circumstances (such as mine) the airline will take responsibility for the delay and pay you for the cost of at least contacting your accommodation etc to let them know of the delay.
Hiccups such as missed connections, transfers not arriving at the airport, your room not being available are all part of travelling. Do your very best to not let it spoil your whole holiday if something unforeseen happens. If nothing else remember that the best travel stories are the ones that have some sort of drama involved.
Also remember that 99.99% of holidays go smoothly. Either way, enjoy yourself and try not to worry too much about what MIGHT happen.
In the last 18 months I've travelled 'alone' on 3 GAP holidays and had incredible experiences and I'm sure you will too.
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