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13 Feb 2008 mz_mel said

My friends have all just pulled out of our Europe trip that we were planning for August this year..<BR>Now i am trying to decide if i have the guts to go alone?? <BR>I know everyone says its the best experience but i am kind of shy and very nervous at the thought of going overseas for the first time and also being alone.. <BR><BR>I haven’t booked anything yet but am looking to book the European Experience for end of July or early August. Is anyone going around this time?<BR><BR>Need friends & advice J <BR><BR>Thanks!<BR><BR>Mel.
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  • 14 Feb 2008 Nicky said


    My friends backed out on me as well. I decided that I would go anyways as I won’t have the opportunty to go for about another 5 years. I’m going on the escapade, but I’m sure that you will have a great time on your trip. Lots of people go by themselves and are just as nervous as you. I know I am.


  • 14 Feb 2008 daydreamer72381 said


    I’ve been waiting on my friends FOREVER so I decided to suck it up and just go out on my own. I tend to be very shy and quiet around people I don’t know but hopefully going out on my own will FORCE me to be more social…I gotta learn how to kick up my game so why not travel the world while learning to do so…lol.


  • 15 Feb 2008 msznumeroUNO said


    contiki is an experience you can either enjoy or hate .. the people you meet on tour will be some of the best friends you will ever meet .. im going alone and looking forward to meeting heaps of new people on tour !!!

  • 15 Feb 2008 brittany- 1986 said


    hey dont be scared the minute u get over there ur make friends where r u from and how old r u? im doing euro highlights august 6-19th u should do that one im travelling alone too. email me if u like at xx

  • 15 Feb 2008 Laurissa88 said


    I have advice for you – do it =)
    Im just home from the Winter Wanderer tour, went alone (first time overseas also) and had the time of my life! I was originally meant to be travelling with a friend of mine, she pulled out and i made the decision to go anyway, and while you feel a little nervous at first, you realise that theres at least a handful of people in the same position as you are..
    and people are there to have a good time, so it wouldnt make sense for them to go out of their way to be horrible.. =)
    Ive honestly made friends over the last few weeks that i hope to keep as friends for life =) i hope that you do go and you have a similar positive experience!

  • 17 Feb 2008 loz10 said


    hi guys my name is laura and i was going to be travelling wid a gf in early sept this year to europe but she pulled out too…so im going solo, scared ****less but so excited also!!! for those chics travelling alone GOOD ON YA! we will all have a blast…let me know if whyone is travelling europe at the same time as me

  • 18 Feb 2008 peteywoods said



    I’m heading off to europe solo for 2 and a half months in july myself so I know how people are feeling but I am ssssoooooooooooooooooooooo excited and kind of feeling “liberated” for deciding to go on my own if that makes sense. Its my own little adventure on which I’ll get to know who I am a tad more I guess (how deep). I know quite a few people who have done contiki on their own and have loved it. Some have even said its better to do on your own so you socialise with different people and make new friends without feeling restricted/anti-social to your travel buddy.

    And THAT is my thought of the day.
    THE END.

    Euro Inspiration (July 14 ’08)

  • 9 Jun 2008 Jessica said


    Hey chickadee, my name is jess, im 22 gal, looking to travel in june/ july next year too. Its scary but i think you should do it. I am petrified, but to be honest i think that we will meet lots of great people that we will be sharing great experiences with – and have an absoloute blast!!!!

    Where abouts are you from? Im from Melboune, trying to suss out everything…lots of saving to do!!!


  • 10 Jun 2008 Princessvixen said


    I did my first contiki trip in Europe alone in 2001 as my friends couldn’t get their S*** together.Everyone at home told me I was insane but I went ahead and booked it.From the moment I got to the hotel I made friends and had the time of my life on tour!I’ve since done contiki America alone and as a result am friends with at least 10 people from that tour which was 2 years ago.We have already caught up twice(in my home town and NZ)and in less than 2 weeks I am meeting them in America yet again to do the Grand Northern and California Highlights tours.Travelling alone is the single best thing I have ever done in my life!Everyone is afraid but you will be fine and you will never ever regret it!

  • 12 Jun 2008 Katie said


    Try looking at it this way – you are on a tour with about 50 people, so there is no way you will be travelling alone!!!

  • 12 Jun 2008 lady_o said


    omg just reading all these posts is getting me more and more excited to go on my trip! I figured that if I wait around until I’m wealthy or until I have someone “special” to go with me…I might be waiting forever! so might as well go now and be broke and happy! I’m a bit scared but I think it makes it even more exciting! Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 13 Jun 2008 Miz Singh said

    Miz Singh


    Im from Syd, im 26 and i was supposed to be doing the working holiday in UK with my best friend this yr cept my circumstances changed and i wasnt prepared to give up the really good job i now have.
    Im planning on doing a Europe contiki in the first half of 09 cept by the looks of it i will be doin it on my own, and i am very nervous about this coz i have never traveld alone. I am a bubbly person but when i first meet people im quite reserved and some people tend to think im a snob. PFFFT!
    Anyway, my questions are:
    1. Is it true couples are not allowed to go on contiki tours? and
    2. Is it true that all the tours require exceptional levels of health because all the tours incl outdoor activities like climbing and hiking etc?

  • 13 Jun 2008 PinaI said

    1. Is it true couples are not allowed to go on contiki tours? and
    2. Is it true that all the tours require exceptional levels of health because all the tours incl outdoor activities like climbing and hiking etc?

    1 – ABSOLUTELY NOT. Couples are more than welcome on Contiki.

    2 – No, you do not need to have exceptional levels of fitness. It does help if you can walk to a reasonable level as there is a lot of walking around involved to see the city you’re in. Sometimes there will be walking tours of the city but, again, as long as you can walk normally you’ll be fine.

    If there happens to be anything to do with climbing/hiking on any tour and you are not fit enough or comfortable doing it then you don’t have to. No one will force you.

  • 14 Jun 2008 Miz Singh said

    Miz Singh

    Also, when you apply for your visa do you need apply for a visa for every country or is there a general europe visa?

  • 15 Jun 2008 beckyboop said


    hey ive just been trying to work up the courage (and the finances) to go on an overseas trip. i was thinking that contiki would be a great way to see the world, but i am having trouble choosing a trip! there are so amny to choose from!
    any suggestions? i want to be away as long as possible, but i’m not keen on camping :S

  • 15 Jun 2008 Vashnie said


    Originally posted by Miz Singh:

    Also, when you apply for your visa do you need apply for a visa for every country or is there a general europe visa?


    Hi, you would have to apply for a visa for every country you visit. Bear in mind iam South African, not sure if this applies to other nationalities as well.
    Iam doing the Euro Discovery, visiting 8 countries but i have 1 visa but with entry to 8 countries.
    Hope that helps.

  • 15 Jun 2008 work2travel said


    Yep- it totally depends where you’re from.
    No visas needed if visiting from Canada- just a passport.
    I s’pose it would also depend where you are going, as the Western European countries do not have the same entry requirements as the Eastern ones.

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