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As my post title says - I'm 28, a newbie to solo-traveling and this will be my first time out of the country. I am traveling to Thailand to take advanced Thai massage classes and possibly a secondary class if my funds allow it. If I take both classes, its going to be around 2.5k. This covers class expenses, meals 3x a day and my living arrangements.

I'll be leaving the 3rd week into February with a one-way ticket and coming back around the first week of April. I have a solid 5 days between classes which should allow me to travel to Bangkok. My hope is that I will have enough time between classes to take the night train to Bangkok, explore for a day or two and come back.

A little bit about me - I'm slightly introverted and am looking to do some low-key things. I'm not really into the party scene or drinking excessively. That's not to say I don't enjoy a few drinks and it's a possibility if I'm out late at night in Bangkok. I'm definitely not against experiencing that scene for a night. My true interests are to explore the country side, do some hiking, maybe go into a cave, try a ton of delicious food and really immerse myself into the culture.

I have a list of things that I need to do before and when I get there, as well as some of the places that i'd like to see. Most of my time will be spent in Chiang Mai, so majority of things on my list are close to the Chiang Mai area.

I'm looking for opinions, tips, recommended places to see, etc. Here's the list.

I'm hesitant on going to an elephant sanctuary - my gut feels bad about it. I'd like to go to the beach atleast for one night, maybe stay on a small over-water bungalow (ideas/recommendations), but I don't think I will have enough time.

Also, realistically how much money should I have available for free spending? I'm not trying to live extravagant but I want to be comfortable financially while still being able to do things.

I'm also totally up to meeting with fellow redditors who will be in Thailand around the same time. :)

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I am planning a a trip to Europe and wanted quick clarification on the Schengen zone 90 day limit.

I am planning on flying into Spain on March 1st and out of Oslo on June 1st. That is 92 days.

I also plan on visiting the UK and some of the Balkan countries. Lets say I spend 20 days days outside of the Schengen zone for example, am I in the clear?

Will the airline question what day I am flying out?

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I remember going to a city I didn't know before just not to spend the time with family again but the only thing I managed to do was to sleep because i was so tired of the trip and there was no one in the hostel by that time.

What do you do and if you have any anecdotes, tell me what you have experienced or what you expect. It would be fun to hear you since I'll probably do it again this year.

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I plan to go travel in january for week or more. I was solo traveling before in Japan and I planned vacation few months before. It was amazing and scary. This year I didnt go anywhere and If i dont go in january I will have problem too.

So few things about me. I like traveling, sightseeing. I don't like that swimming and being alone on beach is risky. I dont like spending vacation on beach.
There is twist I would like to meet people(women). I am introverted but I would like to change that. In US women were approaching me on their own.
Ps. I dont expect anything.
My list:
China,
Thailand,
Mexico,
korea(both), Canada, Vietnam, Cuba

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I live in Minnesota and I am planning to make a solo trip to Michigan, and/or Pittsburgh. Looking for suggestions for places to explore in each with public transport or Uber/Lyft as I don't know driving.

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I'm looking at possibly doing one this winter....either Dominican (Punta Cana) or Cuba (Varadero). And not being part of a group either. Would be coming from Western Canada

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As the title says, i am considering taking my first solo trip. I am a black female. Time would be second to last week of March. Don't wanna go to Asia as i feel like that needs at least two weeks. Suggestions much appreciated. Thanks in advance guys.!

Edit: Sorry from NYC, USA. Thanks.!

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So I was thinking that once I finish my exams I go to a part of Europe which I likely wouldn't get another chance to see by travelling there. I've thought about the Balkans and other areas of Eastern Europe due to them generally being a lot cheaper than most of Europe however I'm not sure if it is the best option.

I've an interest in both History (particularly the World Wars and the Cold War) and Geography so places with a lot of either of these would be good. I want to keep this trip quite cheap but I also wouldn't mind going to a few countries in the one trip. Any advice? (BTW I'm from the UK and I'd probably give myself between 2-4 weeks for the trip)

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Reposting because my original got taken down for not being specific enough...

First, I just want to say thanks to everyone on this sub for all of the solo travel love and inspiration. I've always loved traveling and felt a little weighted down by waiting for other people & needing to compromise (not that compromise is bad!), but didn't really have the courage to just buy a ticket somewhere. Anyways, here goes. I'm mostly curious about any experiences in the places I'm staying, can't miss sights in the cities I'll be in, cool day trips, and good (and cheap?) food both near the hostels I'll be in and around the cities

Vienna (staying at Wombats Naschmarkt) during NYE - Anyone know cool things going on in Vienna during NYE?

Prague - Staying with a friend but mostly looking for cool things to do & cheap eats / street food. Probably will go to the castle but haven't looked into much else.

Krakow - Staying at Greg & Tom Beer House hostel. Will do Auschwitz one say, probably Salt Mines, maybe Zakopane. Definitely want to see Wawel castle. Cheap / good eats anywhere?

Budapest - Hostel One Basilica. Definitely want to do the Baths, ruin bars, and see the Parliament building.

Also a general thing -- I'm planning on just buying train / flixbus tickets the day of or maybe a day in advance to get from place to place. Is that an ok idea?

Any tips / experiences would be appreciated. I'm super excited!!

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