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I am 16 years old and want to travel unaccompanied but the discount site that i want to purchase my tickets from has no options for anyone under 18 to book a ticket and travel alone despite airline policy stating that i am allowed. the issue is that i do not want to buy tickets directly from the airline company because it is way more expensive. how do i get past this? ive called customer service and they've told me that they dont have the option on their site to book anyone under 18 as traveling alone. help :(

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Hey there!

It isn't my first time doing solo travel however Iceland seems to be a whole different ball game due to the cost, general secluded nature of it all. I'm going to be there for a week (initially it was going to be 2 weeks but I don't think I'd have the money for that), the main purpose is to do a road trip and just take as many photos as possible. I have some ideas of a zine in mind and other creative projects in mind, but I would say the purpose of the trip is to make connections and get usable images that I can repurpose, but also images with a purpose in mind from the get-go (as I have alluded to earlier on).

I'm a minimalist backpacker, and would very much like tips. I don't think I can camp, as in, the initial investment would probably be too much. Definitely a fit outdoorsy person, so I'm not a afraid to get down and dirty. My concerns are mostly to do with food, fuel, and accommodation. But the main point is to find someone or some people to do this with people, in a sort of collaborative artistic pursuit of sorts. I'm used to right hand driving (hail from a former British colony called Singapore), so experienced drivers would be a bonus lol beyond that, just wanna say hey!

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So I'll be taking next semester off from school to figure out exactly what I want to study in the future and for financial reasons. I'll be transferring to a university which is significantly cheaper next spring and will save lots of money. So basically I'm free all of first semester and want to travel.

The one thing I want out of this is an adventure. Right now I don't exactly know how I want to go about my trip. Should I make it structured, and plan to work/volunteer? Should I make it as unstructured as possible and just see where my travels take me?

The later sounds so appealing because anything would be on the table. If I enjoyed one area I could stay for as long as I wanted, if I was bored of a place I could leave, if I met somebody at a hostile who was also traveling and wanted to travel with them somewhere I could do so.

Is this a terrible idea? Would I get bored without working and volunteering during a travel experience this long?

I'm 20 years old and very sociable. I have always been incredibly independent and am the type to bet on myself. Would it be a mistake thinking I could go this long through Europe without any large plan? I fear I'm overconfident because of my perspective of things in the US, and don't want to jump into traveling and feel lost.

I'll have a budget of about 6-8k as well. I don't have a finalized list but countries on my radar right now are Hungary, Romania, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Estonia, Italy, Ireland, and the UK.

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I am planning my first solo trip in July (26F) and need some advice for one portion of my trip. Coming from Canada, flying into Paris and out of London because it's by far the cheapest route. Here is my itinerary as it stands now:

Day 1 - Fly into Paris AM. Train to Amsterdam immediately after.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Day 3 - Amsterdam

Day 4 - Amsterdam

Day 5 - Train to Berlin, get in mid-afternoon.

Day 6 - Berlin

Day 7 - Berlin

Day 8 - Berlin

(I'm pretty set on having 3.5-4 days in both these places. The next part of my itinerary is where I need help).

Day 9 - Train to Prague.

Day 10 - Prague

Day 11 - Prague

Day 12 - Prague

Day 13 - Train to Vienna

Day 14 - Vienna

Day 15 - Vienna

Day 16 - Train to Salzburg

Day 17 - Salzburg

Day 18 - Salzburg

Day 19 - Salzburg

Day 20 - Train to Venice

Day 21 - Venice

Day 22 - Venice

Day 23 - Venice

Day 24 - Fly to London- I could just fly here the morning I fly home, but I'm not a great flyer and would prefer to split the two flights up. I'll use London to get a relaxing day of just walking around and drinking beer before I go back to real life.

Day 25 - London

Day 26 - Fly home

So, I'm not sure how much time to spend in each place after Berlin. I'm not a big art fan and I've heard Vienna is more for people who appreciate art so that's why i only put 2.5 days there (might be wrong on that though). Not big on partying/nightlife, especially since I'll be solo. I think the aspects I would appreciate most are architecture, historic places, and some more general-history museums. I'd also LOVE to do bike tours. I'd like to spend some time in smaller cities/towns and do some nature sightseeing, which is why I put 4 days in Salzburg, but I've read that you can exhaust everything to do in Salzburg in like two days. Should I shorten it by 1 or 2 days and shift that to another city on my list, or stop in at a different small place? Should I cut out Vienna entirely?

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Just booked all of my flights/hotels for a 13 day trip to Europe. I hate being in the same place for more than a day or two and try to make the most of my time. I sacrificed going out at night in order to wake up earlier, travel to another city, or to save money. Only taking a backpack with me.

Hoping some people have thoughts on this itinerary. With flights and hotels it’s coming in around $1,000, which I’m very happy about. I’ve done a similar 8 day trip in Europe before and like the pace (it keeps me from wasting time imo).

Day 0: Fly from SWF (Newburgh, NY) at 2100.

Day 1: Arrive Dublin 0800. Walking tour at 930 (May skip, it was free), Guinness Factory tour at noon. Jameson Tour at 1400. Fly to Amsterdam at 1900. Hostel in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Try to get Anne Frank tickets. Dutch Resistance Museum. 1400 Travel to Utrecht then to Buren (my ancestral hometown) to have dinner with mayor and see where my family lived in the 1500s/1600s. Return to Amsterdam. Hostel in Amsterdam.

Day 3: Try to get Anne Frank Tickets. Van Gogh Museum. Rejksmuseum. Heineken Experience. Fly to Oslo 2145. Hotel near airport.

Day 4: Combo Land/Fjord Cruise 1000-1730. Fly to London 2235. Hostel in London.

Day 5: London Museums and sightseeing. Hostel in London.

Day 6: 0800 Fly to Prague. Prague Castle tour at 1430. Beer Tour. Hostel in Prague.

Day 7: Prague Museums. 1720 fly to Venice. Hostel in Venice.

Day 8: Venice Tours/Museums. 2030 Fly to Barcelona. Hotel in Barcelona (with Laundry!!!!)

Day 9: Barcelona Tours/Museums. Will probably hang out on the beach a lot and treat it as a mid trip break. 2045 Fly to Vienna. Hostel in Vienna.

Day 10: Hitler History tour. Museums. 2030 Fly to Warsaw. Hotel in Warsaw.

Day 11: Debating on heading down to Krakow and visit Auschwitz but probably not and stick to Old Town Warsaw/Museums. 2030 Fly to Paris. Hostel in Paris.

Day 12: Visit the Louvre/Eiffel Tower/Notre Dame. 2200 Fly to Copenhagen. Hotel in Copenhagen.

Day 13: Explore Copenhagen as much as possible before my 1700 flight back to New York. Arrive in NYC at 2000.

Curious to hear people’s thoughts.

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i'm planning a solo trip to Ireland this fall and I was just wondering if anyone on this sub had been to Mullingar, in County Westmeath. I like to look into genealogy sometimes and my grandpa's ancestors came to New York from Mullingar after the famine, and I thought it might be neat to take a day trip from Dublin while I'm there.

It looks like there's a cool haunted castle in Mullingar, but if it's just that and being able to say I was in the town my great-great-great grandparents were from, I'll probably pass. Thoughts? Thanks guys!

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So I'm going to Barcelona on a yoga retreat for 3 days and then 2 days by myself. I have very bad social anxiety just before meeting new people and I'm terrified who will be at the yoga retreat. I know I will be with those people only for 3 days but I'm terrified I'm not gonna fit in. Then I have 2 whole days by myself. I still haven't booked a place to stay because I wanted to try Couchsurfing and experience the city as a local but I know that I'll probably just end up getting a hotel room and walk around by myself. Which is maybe not such a bad thing.

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Hello,

I'm gonna be solo traveling for the first time this upcoming summer, spending about two weeks in Vietnam in July. I'm looking to spend about 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City and 3 days in Dalat before traveling northwards to Hoi An and Hanoi. I've done my research for hostels in HCM and Dalat, and I'm leaning towards "Long Hostel" in Ho Chi Minh and "Cozy Nook Hostel" in Dalat, but I'm unsure. I generally wasn't impressed with the selection of hostels in HCM, and in Dalat I'm conflicted between Cozy Nook and "Mr. Peace Backpackers Hostel" because both sound fantastic. I'm looking for a social but not party hostel (nothing like "Mad Monkey" for example).

Additionally, I was hoping to take a bus between Ho Chi Minh and Dalat, but I'm not sure how to go about it. Is it necessary to book ahead of time, or should I be good to just book on the day I plan to leave Ho Chi Minh? Are they generally considered safe enough to use?

I'd appreciate any advice!

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Hey again! I'm a 23 year old looking to book a trip overseas for a week sometime in August. The reason why I want to do a trip overseas is to immense myself in a different culture. Also, I would love to see the countryside or some nature activities as well. My budget is around $2000 and my home is in Boston. I really don't want to rent a car. I was thinking about Dublin, Galway or somewhere in Europe. I'm not really sure yet. What are the best places to travel solo in Europe? Walkable cities would be great. I'm asking for travel advice.

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Next Month I will be in the Phillipines for 21 Days mostly exploring Cebu and Palawan. Is it worth squeezing Siargao In? I may need to cut some time of my Cebu journey and maybe only spend 2 days in Bohol.

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