Germany Journals

Solo Travel - Advantages and Disadvantages

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A travel journal to Germany by flyingscot4

Easy Palace Hostel Photo, Munich, Germany More Photos
Quote: Very tight budgets, carrying everything yourself, negotiating everything without help, lugging stuff up and down stairs when there are no elevators, not speaking the language or knowing the customs. It is daunting, but it is also a grand adventure.

Souvenirs from My Travels

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Lovely Souvenir Shop Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Want to qualify to be a nitwit? Here's a road map. I have "stuff;" lots of "stuff." It's all mostly remnants of my travels. Some of the things have a bit of value, but a lot of it is souvenirs that I picked up over the years. Most of it is very old from days that I could carry more, or was dumb enough to think that I could carry more. Those days are gone. My body lets me know.I apologize in advance to those who find my comments and suggestions to be rude or inconsiderate. I am not a rude person, really. However, I have learned to be assertive, and when you are traveling solo, being quietly assertive will take you far, and you will be able to say after each trip t...Read More

The Lunacy of Solo Travel

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Just another entrance picture of a GREAT hostel Photo, Munich, Germany
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Definition of lunatic - a nitwit on speed. All solo travelers will qualify at one time or another. There will be times when you think to yourself, "This is crazy! How did I ever talk myself into this stupid idea in the first place?" By trusting others, that's how - like me. This journal may not prevent the described unpleasant situations, but you will be able to recognize them when they happen to you, and you will be able to say, "Oh yeah, he mentioned this situation." Then you will be able to beat yourself up twice; once for getting into the predicament, and second, for forgetting the solution.All kidding aside, solo travel is not easy; it's work, hard work. The mistakes you make w...Read More

Choosing Your Hostels

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Easy Palace Hostel Photo, Munich, Germany
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In 2009 I was in Germany for the Christmas Markets (of which there hundreds and all are wonderful), and I had chosen a hostel a block from the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) because my favorite hostel in that city was full. The revelers were out in full force, and the odor in the elevator was nauseating. When I reached my floor, I met a young man and I said to him, "This elevator smells like someone has been sick." He smiled at me and said, "Yes, is it not great?" I went back to the lobby and called my favorite hostel to ask if there had been a cancellation. I was in luck.Choosing a hostel can be disastrous if you choose wrong. Fortunately, in Europe, all is not lost if you plan on...Read More

Ridin' the Rails

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Austrian Rail Jet and German ICE Photo, Germany, Europe
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Solo travel can be an exhilarating experience. It can also be exasperating, especially getting from one city to another. I prefer traveling by train because I enjoy the chance to re-energize after a few days of walking from morning till night (which I do). That being said, I have friends who fly from city to city on the inexpensive air carriers like Ryan Air or ezJet. Personally, I have found that it isn't all that much faster to fly, and once the taxes and extra charges are totaled, it can get expensive. Basically, it is personal preference. (Of course, for most Americans who don't live on the Eastern seaboard, we don't have much rail experience. Just in thinking about rai...Read More

Finally... Advantages and Disadvantages

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A serene afternoon in Dinkelsbühl, Germany Photo, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
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Coming to the end of this piece, I need to define again what I mean by "solo travel." Solo travel is traveling alone, staying in hostels, using public transportation, and living on the cheap. If someone can afford to travel alone and stay in hotels, I don't consider that to be solo travel in the sense of this writing. Neither is traveling on a low budget in a small group when "followers" can still follow, instead of having to learn to make their own decisions and learning to trust those decisions. Again, solo means alone and cheap!Disadvantages of Solo TravelSolo travel is work, period! I don't know the origin of the word "lug," but I'll bet it has something ...Read More