Travelling Alone

12 Nov 2006 ReneeH said

I am planing on doing the European Discovery in Feb 2007 and am a little nervous as I am travelling alone for the first time. Is it easy to meet new friends or is everyone in couples or groups of friends? Has anyone got any tips?
  • 12 Nov 2006 torib56 said


    Hey RenneeH,

    I am actually thinking of doing the Europe thing by myself too! I Would like to be over there a little more than 12 days though. I am thinking more along the lines of the European Encounter. What made you choose the Discovery tour? I hope to meet some friends along the way too!!

    Hope everything goes well and I might see you around or even on the trip!!

    Do you know what the weather is like in February in Europe?? I would love to know…

    See ya Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 12 Nov 2006 Nastynig said


    Hey Renee,

    Im about to go on the euro discovery dec 30th but from what i have read in these other forums and chatting to another canadian guy today there is more then half the bus that are travelling alone. Besides if your sharing a room u are going to get a new female mate anyway that is likely to be on her own as well so u can both make friends together. Yes i am travelling with a friend (female) and we are intending on sharing a room together (unless she kicks me out for snoring) but i honestly dont think any of us single travellers will have a problem. Cheers Nigel

  • 12 Nov 2006 SteveG said


    I think probably about 99% of the people who do go on a tour with Contiki enjoy themselves because they are more open to meeting new people.

  • 12 Nov 2006 PinaI said


    Travelling solo is fine – I have done both my tours alone and it’s much better that way because you can hang around with who you want, when you want and you don’t have to please anyone but yourself!

    Nigel is right, you get bunked in with another female solo traveller so you’ll make at least one friend right there!

    Most of the bus will be single travellers anyway. I had just 3 couples on my first trip and there were 6 on my second, I think! Either way, the couples are generally pretty good fun too and you might find yourself hanging around with them some nights as well, I surely did!

  • 13 Nov 2006 ReneeH said


    Hi Tori86,

    I decided on the 12 day trip because I am Hoping to get a working holiday visa for england and thought i would start off with a contiki tour. That way i can see what i like and where i want to go back to.

    I am a little nervous but excited about my new adventure / chapter in my life.

  • 17 Jan 2007 Alan925 said


    I’m 25 male from South Africa. I’ll also be going solo on a European Discovery from 3rd of March 2007. Very excited but also quite nervous…

  • 17 Jan 2007 Bloubulseun said


    hi alan, nice to other south africans doing contiki, why have you decided on the discovery tour, we are doing the 22 day camping tour, cost the same as the discovery but the tour is 10 days longer for the same price.

  • 17 Jan 2007 BoO bOo BeE DoOoOp said

    Originally posted by ReneeH:
    I am planing on doing the European Discovery in Feb 2007 and am a little nervous as I am travelling alone for the first time. Is it easy to meet new friends or is everyone in couples or groups of friends? Has anyone got any tips?

    Hey Renee
    You will be fine!! I went on contiki by myself and was scared of the same thing though I came home with 50 new best friends, and we still all keep in contact after a year. Even those who were travelling with friends or couples socialised with everyone else. Plus you have your room mate who you will start to bond with as well, and by the end of it will probably be like your sister. Everyone ho goes on contiki are there for the same thing… See the sights though make new friends at the same time Smiler<!--graemlin::)--> If they didnt wanna make new friends or be around people they wouldnt have done a tour….

  • 24 Jan 2007 Alan925 said


    hi Bloubulseun,
    yeah~ I would like to go for the 22day camping… But because of time constraints etc. etc., that tour isn’t really viable to me… But do share ur experience on the camp, would love to know what’s it like!

  • 25 Jan 2007 GatorAnnie said


    I just booked my trip and i’m traveling alone too! Of course excited and a little interested to see how it will be alone. I am going in Sept. Sept 20-Oct 3 (during Oktoberfest!). Anyone else going?

  • 26 Jan 2007 Chris_V said


    My name is chris I am travel by myself I am abit scary

  • 26 Jan 2007 ptooma said


    Hi chris … why would we consider u scary?

    Just kidding … i think u meant ‘scared’


  • 26 Jan 2007 Vivz said


    I intend to travel with a friend to Europe. But, soon enough I wouldn’t mind travelling in Europe on a contiki tour alone.

    Just curious; what age group seems to travel alone more then other ages?

    I know I’ll get along with anyone. Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 26 Jan 2007 ptooma said


    Most solo travelers on my Contiki tours appear to be between 18-35. Big Grin<!--graemlin::D-->

    - Vic

  • 26 Jan 2007 Vivz said


    Cheeky, eastboca!

    Wags Finger.

  • 27 Jan 2007 Chris_V said


    Hi there My name is chris from Melbourne australia I am abit scared because I have not been to european before and I have not travel oversea byself , I am doing the European Horizon , I did Contiki in Queenland where I met a nice germeny girl who lives in munich so I am going to vist her.

  • 27 Jan 2007 guitrchik3 said


    Since I just (3 days ago)returned from the Euro Discovery trip SOLO…I shall put in my 2 cents too! We had 51 people on our tour (3 couples, and 4 pairs of friends) everyone else was alone. Apparently is is quite common for there to be lots of singles. In hindsight I honestly am happier I went alone. When you are with someone, you tend to stay in your comfort zone and not branch out and talk to as many people as you would alone. In the end being alone also allows you to do exactly what you want rather than compromising and doing what your friend may or may not want to do. I’m a total social wimp and I made it through alone and had an amazing time Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 28 Jan 2007 soloSAN said


    Hey there, wow this is so great to be able to chat to others about the same feelings of going solo.
    ReneeH i am going on my tour in may and am also a bit worried about going solo but am also excited as you say “about my new adventures / chapter in my life”.
    You will have to also keep us posted of your trip & working holiday as i am intending to do the same thing when i finish the tour… hope i meet some fellow travellers who are going in the same direction.
    HAVE FUN Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 31 Jan 2007 TikiMan said


    The thing is, when you’re traveling with Contiki, you are NOT traveling alone. You are traveling with a group full of positive, fun people who are looking to make great friends as well. Don’t think of it as going alone, think of it as going with 30+ great friends you’ve yet to meet.

  • 31 Jan 2007 soloSAN said


    Cheers TikiMan for that injection of positive vibes, i am truly looking forward to my trip and yes meeting a heap of awesome people. Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

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