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Contiki on my own?

29 Jan 2013 BrookemarleySA asked

BrookemarleySA

Hi I was originally planning on doing my contiki tour (easy rider 2014 not yet booked) with my cousin but now it looks like he has bailed on me.
My question is what have people thought about going by your self?
either way im going, but should I try find someone else to come with me or will I still have as much fun if i go it alone?
thanks guys

  • 30 Jan 2013 RJ1817 said

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    About 75% of people do Contiki alone so you’ll have just as much fun alone as you would if you go with someone. I went alone and I have absolutely no regrets. You’ll meet tons of new people and by the end of the trip, you’ll have a bunch of new freinds!

    Enjoy yourself!

  • 31 Jan 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    thanks for that. Yeah im deffinatly going to go whether im alone or someone decides to join me. I think it will be fine.Just have to wait to book my trip now as its too early to book for when I want to go

  • 3 Feb 2013 bec8589 said

    bec8589

    Im going on my second tour on my own. Someone on the tour had created a facebook page and there is a whole bunch of us in the group and we’ve all become friends.. and havent even met yet! Maybe once you book your tour you can make a group and post it on your “Meet ups” page and get to know everyone :)

  • 3 Feb 2013 Franz said

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    do It Alone.These Tours are the best.Can I ask you where this tour is going?

  • 3 Feb 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    yes I have decided to go it alone, once I book I will have to look out for a meet up page or make one up.
    Im looking to book the easy rider for april/may 2014, my travel agent said I cant book it until may this year as it is too far away to book at the moment. It goes to france, spain, monaco, Italy, greece, Austria, switzerland, germany and holland :-)

  • 3 Feb 2013 Franz said

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    Good for You.I would like to say at this point you have made a wise choice to do Europe with a Company that specialises in Tours for 18 to 35 year old people.What a great variety of places they go to.I personally haven’t done a trip to the Continent but my aunt has when her kids were a few years off being able to do one of these on their own and they loved it.You will too.

  • 4 Feb 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    yeah, my only concern was, that im asuming alot of people who on go tours alone are single and just want to party, where as im taken and while I dont mind a drink every now and then im not reallly a big drinker and im more interested in actually seeing stuff and doing activities. I dont want to be hungover, and missing out on the travel experience. I dont see the point of travelling all that way to not even remember it or be too sick to enjoy it.
    So i just hope there are other people who are like me, and that i wont end up alone all the time while everyone else goes out

  • 4 Feb 2013 Birdie said

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    There are lots of different kinds of people on the tours. I have done 3 out of my 4 tours alone and am planning on going to Oz next year…alone.

    A lot of the people on the tours are single and want to party but I was also able to find a small group of people who didn’t mind that I don’t drink and am not the kind of person who stays up all night partying. I go on tours to see the country and see the sights, I don’t go to get drunk and not remember any of my time there, which the majority of the drunk people on my tours did. A lot of the people on the first tour I did, got so drunk that when we got back to England they thought we were leaving England.

  • 4 Feb 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    Hi Birdie, thanks for that, i dont need to be surrounded by lots of people to have a good time, I just hope that there are at least a couple with similar interests to me. Im quite happy to be on my own most of the time, but the tour I want to do is 32 days which is quite a long time to be alone. Plus Im planning to spend a week in london after my contiki tour plus another week in dubai as a stop over on my flight over to London so a total of 6 weeks travelling by myself.
    thats really sad that people on your trip didnt even know where they were I just dont see the point of drinking that much and wasting the experience away, dont get me wrong I will go out afew nights but overall im there to sightsee.
    Did you have any probelms with the people that you got set up with to share rooms? Im going to do a camping trip so will be tenting it so I just hope the other person pulls their weight with setting up. I love camping and do it all the time at home so I know what im doing but I dont want to be left to set up and pack up our area by myself.
    I can sleep through almost anything so if they come home late at night I wont be bothered, unless they bring people with them lol

  • 4 Feb 2013 Franz said

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    It’s all about doing things sensibly.You spend a lot of money on what is a once in a lifetime experience so I would expect one to go over and want to see the sights and take part in everything on offer.I did my trip but with Insight back in June 2011 to the UK and was away including the Singapore Stopover on the way home a total of 16 days which was amazing.I even thanks to the tour company kept a daily log of the memories and the places visited,sights seen and more.You Might Think given I was under 35 at the time It was unusual for a guy like me to do such a tour but I had a great time and the people looked after me.One Final Tip I would suggest is on the flight Brooke is to Try take advantage of the Fruit Juice and Water Runs throughout the night if Emirates offer it(I flew Singapore Airlines on Mine from memory who offer it on the longer sectors).

  • 4 Feb 2013 Birdie said

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    I paid extra to have my own room on my Scotland and New Zealand tours, and will be doing the same on my Australia tour. But I shared on my second Europe tour and they usually match you up with someone. If you don’t get along with that person the tour manager is usually pretty good at helping you switch around, depends on the tour manager though. I had a really nasty one on my first Europe tour but I had a great one on the second tour.

    I think for camping it is 4 to a tent right? If so they usually pass around a list and you get to pick a tent and 3 other people write down their name to stay in the same tent.

    On my NZ tour the girls were forever switching rooms around trying to find a good mix. Near the end of the tour you couldn’t get switch because everyone wanted to stay with their friends.

    Contiki usually says “If you want to bring a friend home for the night…rent your own room” I shared a dorm room on my second Europe tour and someone brought someone home and got food condiments thrown on them because the room echoed…a lot. So it is probably better for them to find somewhere else to do that =)

  • 5 Feb 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    Hi again, it says on the website that you get a three person tent but only have two people to a tent so you have room for your bags
    ha ha yeah if my tent mate brings someone home that would be very arkward lol so i hope they go elsewhere ha ha
    I thought about the tent to myself option but its $650 extra and I just cant justify paying it, plus being alone I dont really want to exclude myself from the rest of the group too much. Did you think it was worth it having your own room?
    Aslo another question sorry, did you join in on alot of the optional extras being by yourself or did you just venture off on your own. What about free time do you split off into groups or just go where ever you wanted?
    thanks again

  • 5 Feb 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    Franz, yes singapore arilines are great arent they, I flew with them afew year back on a trip to thailand with a three day stop in singapore. Since I want to stop over in dubai for a week my best option for airline will be emarites. I have never flown with them before but from what I have heard they are ment to be pretty good.

  • 5 Feb 2013 Bella1983 said

    Bella1983

    Hi guys I’m looking at booking contiki tours for the USA … Just worried about the age group . I’m 30 and will be travelling solo. Going in mid July to mid sept . I know contiki tours has a lot of younger people . Just wondering what you guys think? I know it may be a mix of ages between 21 to 30… But going through these discussion forums I can’t find any people in the mid 20s + ..
    Thanks :-)

  • 5 Feb 2013 Birdie said

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    @Explorer1111024

    There are always some people who don’;t check the online meetup groups. On my last tour in NZ the majority of us were 24 and up with a couple of very immature 18 year olds thrown in (they though the tour manager was meant to wait on them hand and foot for the entire tour and treat them like princesses). There is always at least 3 or 4 people over the age of 30 in my experience.

  • 6 Feb 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    Explorer1111024, yeah I thought that as well, as when I read through the disscussion forums eveyone seams to be 18 – 23 ish I will be 25 by the time I go but im sure there will be at least a few of us who are a bit older, im guessing everyone will spit into their little groups and you dont have to hang around with people you end up not liking as much.
    Im going to do a camping trip and I bet there will be some annoying girly girls who have never been camping and will complain about helping and the facilities, where as I know I will love it as I camp all the time. Im assuming we can sort of avoid some people a bit and hang out with people we have more in common with.
    I dont want to sound like a snob as im far from it and get along with alomst anyone, but im sure after 32 days there will be afew arguments with people gettin fed up with one another lol

  • 6 Feb 2013 BrookemarleySA said

    BrookemarleySA

    also my sister in law just did a europe time out tour with contiki, she is 32 years old and loved it. she said there was only 6 people over 30 on their tour but she didnt mind and they hung out together alot, she said the younger group sort of stuck to themselfs and went out drinking alot. she was also pregnant at the time so no drinking for her, and she didnt think it dampeded her experience at all

  • 6 Feb 2013 Bella1983 said

    Bella1983

    Ok cool…thanks for your replies guys :-) have a great time on your USA trips :-)
    Im just confirming dates and tours etc..hope to book them soon

  • 30 Oct 2013 KatrinaNeailey said

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    I am also doing this tour and going solo :)

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