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My daughter's nightmare US holiday so far.
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I think its only natural for some things to not go smoothly.
its all part of the experience for things to go wrong….for example i dropped my camera memory card down a tiny gap in the london eye and lost about 700 photos from my europe trip.
regarding the accom, i think its always best to check yourself on the location etc, travel agents only want your money and will feed you any info they want. but thats too late now, just remind her of the stories she can tell when she gets back about staying in the ghetto.
it would be hard being alone, i did europe last year with a friend…but this year am doing the US alone, will have just turned 22, it would be pretty scary to be in a situation like the taxi one, but i think all this will make your daughter and anyone else travelling alone a bit tougher <!--graemlin::)-->
also i think its a good idea to get online before going away and chatting to people who will be on the same tour, that way maybe you can organise to hang out together before the tour starts so you arent alone….maybe she got online and got a few contacts that she could try and catch up with before tour?
at least soon she’ll be on a tour with heaps of other people who are travelling alone and have proabaly been as scared ****less as she has been for the few days before tour so she’ll be able to relate with them.
Sorry to hear that your daughter is having a rough time in LA. It would be hard travelling alone and i’m gathering she is only young and this probably her first big trip away from mum and dad.
Tell her to hang in there, now that she is about to start her contiki tour she will make up to 50 new friends and they will all have the trip of a life time.
For this reason, that is why i choose to go straight to Anaheim where the tour starts and base myself there before my tour begins and not try the ghetto of LA.
Everything will get better now, especially since she will be meeting some of her tour buddies.
*Doing Wild Western March 08
Hey, thanks for the replies.
She actually phoned us today to say that she is at her hotel in Anaheim and looking forward to her Wild West Tour.
So hopefully things will start to improve for her now.
I just don’t want her coming home with a bad image of the USA. I wanted her to have some great memories that will last her a lifetime, just as the memories of my European tour have stayed with me and will until I’m six feet under.
Anyway, thanks again!
I’m told much of LA is a s***hole, unless you are paying a packet to stay in the fancy areas. Being a female by herself probably isn’t helping – I reckon things never seem as bad when you’re with someone. Once the tour starts she’ll be fine, don’t let hiccups ruin a holiday.
Hey Neil, I couldn’t reply the other day for some reason but i can relate to how your daughter is or was feeling. Once i got home though, i wanted to go back!. I ended staying in Stovalls in Anaheim for 7 days a few weeks ago and it was a nice place to stay. How is she going now mate?
I have travelled the world twice alone and it is a definate challenge.When i went to america/england/europe and singapore in 2006 i got my bags drug tested in sydney/got interrogated in LAX/got my bags and person searched in NY/lost my bags when i arrived in london(they were in germany)and had my cabin bag fully searched on the way out of london.Moral of the story?When you travel alone things can and will go wrong.It is extremely scary travelling alone but as long as you keep your wits about yourself you will be fine.Travelling alone is a very scary thing but it can be done!
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In all the big cities, particularly NYC and LA there are some great areas and some bad ones you do have to be careful about where you stay. And even if you end up in a good area, sometimes the bad area isn’t so far away.
Also if you do take a Taxi somewhere (and you don’t know what type of area you’re ending up in) take a look around, if it looks like a bad area it probably is and you’ll have trouble getting a taxi back – you can always ask the taxi if someone will pick you up again.
One of the nice things about a tour is that the TM will usually give you a heads up about where not to go.
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