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Old 02-19-2003, 09:58 PM   #1
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Yeah, I had a friend back out too..... so now I'm heading south to Costa Rica for a couple weeks (spring break) in march. If anyone thinks they'll be down there around then, feel free to email me!! I'm a spontaneous, sun (and fun) loving, feisty 21/F from OH (I only go to school here, my fam lives in ATL). I arrive in San Jose Mar 7, so its coming up pretty quick. Hope someone can meet me!!!

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Old 02-19-2003, 10:53 PM   #2
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That sucks!

A couple of friends backed out of going to Europe a couple of years ago, and ya know what? Going solo was probably one of the best things that I have ever done in my life!

My travel story here- Travelpunks solo-story

Then again, traveling with yer buddies is a good thing too! Good times...

Good luck!

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Old 02-21-2003, 07:14 AM   #3
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Great story Tony!
I agree, going solo rawks! You're totally free and independent to do whatever you want to do on a whim, and you meet more people too. There's no compromising, and you are entirely free to seek your own destiny.
Are you planning any more trips yourself?
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Old 02-21-2003, 11:00 AM   #4
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Thanks bro!

Well, Im actually in Madrid now. Ive been here filming (producing, directing, acting, blah, blah, blah...) a super low budget movie on digital -"The Reign in Spain" (youve seen the advertisements on travelpunk).
Im editing a trailer now (for all the world to view) and should have it up online in about a week or so.
In April I head back to LA (my home) to take care of business for about a month, then most likely back to Madrid for a few months to finish editing and perhaps to visit some friends throughout Europe that Ive met from backpacking. So little time, so many places in the world to see!

In all honesty, I miss home. I miss the pro-active culture that the US is known for. I miss the family. I miss MEXICAN FOOD! But I know that in 3 or 4 weeks of being back home and in the rat-race again, Ill want to take the next train out of Dodge.

What about you? Where are you headed off to next?
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Old 02-21-2003, 11:11 AM   #5
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Heres some pictures of me in Madrid with my girlfriend and su hermanos y otro familia tambien (my spanish still sucks!). Travelpunk pictures

Link may not last long as most free services usually come to an end (the company hosting the photos)...
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Hey great pix! Look at all those Spanish-fly girls!
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Thanks bro! Yep, them Spanish girls are spicy!
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So... even though I reported most of my trip in the Good Hostels board (or whatever), I must comment on how it was to travel alone. I (even though I am an extremely tough independant woman) was a bit apprehensive about traveling alone, I'll admit it. But goddamn! It turned out to be the best experience traveling I have had thus far (and I've had a lot of travel experiences). I was definitely much more aware and alert when I traveled, because being a solo female gringa, I got plenty harassed - f*ing machismo! As a solo traveler, I paid so much more attention to detail.... like the way the Ticos (what CRicans call themselves) interact with each other, or how the beach smells, and how the sand really feels on feet finally freed from the confines of zapatos! Ahh... it was fabulous. I used the public bus system the whole time, and stayed in rather rural areas, so there was no english spoken - needless to say, my rudimentary spanish became pretty good. Actually, as a result of my time in CR, enjoying re-learning the language, I am going to Spain this summer for about 2 months (one month will be in Valencia, where I'll be doing a language program through Amerispan Language Programs Amerispan.com - check them out!!) And then the rest of the time, I'll be bumming around the country - Solo, of course. I've come to realize that this is my new favorite way to travel! Because though it might seem lonely at first, and a little isolating, you actually meet lots of other travelers who are empathetic of your situation, because they're doing the same thing!! Friends are easy to come by when you travel alone. I can't wait!!

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I agree completely

I've been travelling alone twice now, and have found that it's the only way that I can travel. I love the challenge of arriving in a new country alone, being strong enough to find your hotel, make new friends and discover new sights. Whenever anyone asks me who I'm going on my trip with they always freak out when they discover that I'm going alone. I get perplexed looks and I'm sure they're thinking that i'm a loner or something! But the truth is, as i'm sure you all know, you are never alone. The beauty of independent travel is that you get to meet people easier and develop friendships that you might have never discovered if you were travelling with some friends.

Sherpette-I went to CR alone not knowing a word of spanish besides gracias and por favor. Seriously I knew nothing! I was freaked out the first time taking a cab. But realized all you really need to know is the international language of hand signals. But travelling to CR inspired me to learn spanish. I hated not being able to talk to the locals and communicate with them, so I'm more determined than ever to learn the language now. After my next trip (aus, nz, fiji next year) I plan on going to guatemala and learning some espanol. yup machismo..haha i got harrased too, (specially being a pale, blonde northamerican) but i guess that comes with the territory. Actually I thought Italy was just as bad for harrasment.

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Hola chicas ^_^

Great to see you both on the boards today!

Traveling alone....Can I giznit an AMEN!

Free to decide where, when, how, you travel! And, how long you want to stay in each place! Whether its wanting to remove your tan lines in peace, uh hem, or hooking up with other travelers and hopn from bar to bar or city to city, the freedom to do as you wish is priceless.
I agree, Diorama, you`re never alone. In fact traveling solo, forced me to meet other people and interact with the locals.
The way I see it is, you can always party with your friends at home. If yure going to Japan party with the Japanese, eat sushi, learn the culture. Bring a friend to Japan with you and youll end up at McDonalds and Starbucks heading out to bars only to drink Budweiser. Although this is probably an extreme example, yall get the point

Im glad you tried it Sherp! There will be no shortage of backpackers to meet in Europe, I can assure you that! After all, its the original backpacker heaven! B)

Traveling alone can definitely be a life altering experience. If nothing else, backpackers/independent travelers should try it at least once on their travels. Its a great way to decompress and it may help in putting life in its proper perspective.

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For your travel reading entertainment. Check out this girls online journal! B)
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^ Great link thanx!
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