solo traveller

Let’s talk about solo travellers' tribes…

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– Saint Augustine

It’s been five months since the launch of Tribd and it’s time to get to know each other better.

Did you know that by 2020 there will be 148 million of people travelling solo? That’s quite a crowd to choose from! In fact, most recent studies say, that 1 in 4 people travel solo. But, as you already know, finding a travel buddy is not as easy as it sounds. Until now…

Tribd community has over 2000 people and we are on the way to much more. For all of you who have joined Tribd and those who may read it and decide to join, we would like to tell you more about the solo traveller tribes on Tribd. You all have one thing in common, want to experience independence and authenticity and explore the world, but don’t want to do it alone. For many, travel is a way to break free from daily routine, or escape to pursue favourite activities, explore new places and engage with local cultures.

Many solo travellers on Tribd, love adventure activities and our community have almost 900 surfers, over 600 backpackers searching for someone to travel with, over 400 people who love hiking and trekking and would like a travel buddy to conquer the off the beaten path routes. As the winter season approaches many people are looking for a skiing buddy and we have currently almost 300 people planning skiing or snowboarding trip. Because it’s not fun to hit the slopes all by yourself.

These are currently the most popular activities, aside choosing ‘adventure holiday,’ which most of solo travellers on Tribd are planning for. But, if you are looking for someone to learn a new language, take a yoga trip, go sailing, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, or even plan an extreme adventure, these are people you will meet on Tribd too.

Majority of our adventure seeking community are currently flexible on dates of travel, but some people are already planning ahead their 2019 trips. Where to? As we have been giving you insights on the most popular destinations, Australia and Bali consistently fight for top spot, since the launch of Tribd. Europe is right behind, followed by Portugal, Thailand and Spain. London, Lisbon and Barcelona are top three cities, where those looking for a travel companion on Tribd are heading.

But with Tribd, you can explore much more, as you can choose a place or a specific region, such as Yosemite or Australia’s Gold Coast and find people whose travel plans are more specific and aligned with yours. As we love to travel ourselves, we worked hard to make possible to also connect people who are looking to explore more specific areas, besides countries or cities. Which may become a trend, when our community is much bigger!

Our tribe have made almost 1000 matches since launch and the majority of our users come from United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

55% of our users are male and 45% female, but gender demographic tend to change from month to month.

Thank you for joining this journey with us and we hope that you will find many adventure travel buddies with Tribd and make memorable memories from your trips. If you already have, we’d love to hear from you and feature your story in our blog and through social media! Please get in touch via ‘Feedback’ within the app, social media @tribdapp or e-mail us.

We’d also love to hear what topics you would be interested in reading about in our blogs, so do get in touch for that too!

Follow @tribdapp on social media for travel stories and travel inspiration and join our group of solo travellers on Facebook!

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Are you a tourist or a traveller?

“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” Lao Tzu

Let us introduce to Mirka, who quit her corporate job years ago and went backpacking to South East Asia. Little did she know that the months will turn into years and backpacking will turn into something else - trying to find a place in the remote parts of Indonesia she could call home. Today, Mirka will share her perspective on solo travel, having travelled all around South East Asia for years, and how that has changed from her first backpacking trip all those years ago.

Are you a tourist or a traveller?

By Mirka

Nowadays travelling is easy, affordable and lately also fashionable, ever since the social media wheel started to turn.

So much so, that we came to the point that hosting countries started to shut down places to prevent complete nature destruction. For example, Thailand’s most famous beach where The Beach movie was filmed has recently been closed for tourism activities. Similarly due to the environmental destruction caused by mass tourism, a well-known Boracay Island in Philippines was also shut down for a number of months. It is quite possible more places will follow soon.

It becomes more difficult to find unspoiled places and if you find one, better keep it to yourself.

Most people who take upon travelling, stick to the places discovered long time ago and only few move on to find new destinations for themselves. This is precisely what travelling should be called. If you consider yourself passionate about adventure and travelling, here are a few tips to consider. Especially if you are thinking of taking time travelling, going backpacking or spending your gap year seeing the world.

Firstly, there is no need to pre-book your travels including flight tickets back home, hotels or any other things. Who knows, maybe you will come back on camel… (This sounds more like a traveller’s spirit!)

When taking up travelling and backpacking, booking return tickets will not make you more adventurous and quite often lead you to more expenses. You may end up changing the date on your flight or departure point. With the return ticket in your hand, we tend to plan carefully our moves. The return date in your head limits us from going too far from the point of pre-set departure or venturing to off beaten paths or non-existent paths. It also happens that our mind cannot relax completely, often thinking and worrying about how is it going to be when we will come back home.

Pre-booking hotels or guesthouses limits that travelling spirit inside you. Best practice is not to book any room, only if you arrive late at night. Finding accommodation on the spot is usually much cheaper. This way you can choose better-located place, support local people by choosing to stay in locally own place and identify the place where you can meet and socialize with fellow travellers.

To be a traveller, who people ask for advice is not as easy as it seems. Almost every passionate traveller will agree that their priority is experience. Therefore, it means that they are prepared to see good and bad things eventually balancing these two, by patience and understanding. To gain that experience they travel to unknown places where comfort is less, but authenticity is more, that’d be a nature, culture or any other thing what a traveller is looking for.

But please, do take your travels gradually. Especially if you have never been to the remote places. Start with popular places, familiarize yourself with customs of country you will be dealing with, learn a bit of local language. If you are girl travelling solo - find a travel partner. To avoid disappointment, choose places where you will want to be - wisely, do not rely on guidebooks or well-advertised websites. They are often misleading and full of biased opinions with hidden selling tricks and well edited pictures.

In general, to avoid disappointments do not rely on anything.

Go – See – Experience – Form Own Opinion.  People are different and tend to enjoy different things, so their opinions will only create images in your head, often leading to disappointment, because it can turn not as good as you have imagined. What actually gives that traveller’s feeling is coming to the place without prior detailed research and embracing things as they stand.

Apart from detailed preparation, the crucial thing that distinguishes traveller and a person on holiday, is that a traveller decides to be on the road not only for self-indulging reason. He does not want to limit his journey to see beauty in it, but on the contrary puts himself into uncomfortable situations to discover new ways and himself. No matter how exiting this may sound, travelling with purpose or without purpose at some point becomes a routine. It manifests in the way that things are no longer perceived with excitement. If you come to this point – your traveller spirit has been tested. So what to do? Go to Katmandu?

Relax…. but the last thing one should do, go back to the old lifestyle back home. Believe me, you will not be satisfied and will become even more miserable. The traveller spirit that you have been developing for many years will not leave you alone. There is no perfect answer for this question, because all of us need to figure it out on our own. No matter what you do, keep smiling, you have been privileged to see the word this way.

The future of travelling lies behind adventure with an open mind. Hopefully travellers will exist long after the fashion is gone.

Blessings to all the people with travelling spirit. Hope to see you on the road!


Travelling the world solo can be overwhelming and lonely at times. But you can always download Tribd on iOS. Tribd helps you to find travel buddies and connect with other solo travellers with similar travel plans. 

Follow @tribdapp on social media for travel stories and travel inspiration and join our group of solo travellers on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Tribdapp/ 

#findyourtribe

I wanted the whole world or nothing

I wanted the whole world or nothing.
— Charles Bukowski, Post Office

 

We have too short time on this planet to settle for nothing. So like Bukowski's autobiographical anti-hero, Henry Chinaski, I’m not much of a petty thief. I want the whole world. But to be precise, to get to know it, to travel it and to create memories that are far more valuable than possessions.

If you want the whole world too, here are some tips on how to plan for seeing it. You don't need to quit your job to do it, you just need to be smart how to.  If you work full time and have no chance to take a few months off, accrue your holidays, include public holidays to overlap in the time frame of your trip, or even add some unpaid leave. If you have a luxury of taking sabbatical or not working, you can take as long as your tolerance threshold for being away from home, but know that maximum length of RTW (round-the-world) ticket is one year.

Where do I start? Well, BUDGET of course. Can I have the whole world, or just the part of it? Before you plan anything, it’s good to know or have a rough idea on your budget. Around the world trip can cost you anything from as little as $5,000 to $40,000 and beyond, depending on many factors, such as the cost of your tickets, number of countries visited, cost of living, length of stay in a specific country to the level of luxury you wish to have during your adventure.

Once you know your budget, the second aspect to think about your trip is TIME. How much time do you have will affect how intense or relaxed your trip will be. Maybe you can decide to stay longer in countries you will fall in love with, maybe you can make more stopovers, or visit more places. It's possible to do round the world trip in a month time frame. You might have less countries on your list, shorter time to spend in each of them, but with a good route planning, a bit of research, being clever about taking your holidays, it's still feasible. It won't be the same life changing experience as dedicating months of your life to travel, but it won't be less exciting. Of course more time you have at your disposal, allows for more flexibility and spontaneity in your round the world adventure. 

Where to? ROUTE PLANNING will hugely depend on the two above factors. Your budget and the time for your trip. Of course, you have an idea and preferences which parts of the world you would love to see. Knowing the two other important aspects will help you to factor more detailed planning and adjust expectations to your reality. That will also be important in deciding whether to buy a round-the-world TICKET or go for a multi-city ticket option. It’s worth to mention that round-the-world flights usually operate in West to East or East to West, so you can think of visiting countries in a specific geographical order. A lot of RTW tickets include standard routes, so if you want to go slightly ‘off the beaten path’ compare multi-city ticket. Skyscanner will let you plan your route with up to six stopovers. It’s also worth checking budget airlines in a specific world region.

When planning your route, don’t forget to consider countries on top of your bucket list and check when is the best time to go to those. WEATHER is not going to be the same everywhere you go, so it’s worth checking when is the best time to go there. It can also be a factor around the ACTIVITIES you would like to do during your round the world adventure.

Assuming you already have a passport, don’t forget to check VISA requirements for each of the country you are planning to visit. And not just that, read about specific rules on accessing the country. There could be restrictions allowing you to enter specific country by plane only.

TRAVEL INSURANCE is an absolute must in any type of trip, but even more important in this type of adventure. In the UK, TravelSupermarket is a good website to compare different insurance options. To avoid ruining your trip, and even worse, risking your health, don’t forget to check VACCINATIONS requirements on your route. Depending where you live, some vaccinations will be free and provided within your social security, or national insurance scope, but not all. You may need to pay for some, so it’s worth checking that too. Don’t leave vaccinations to the end. There are certain injections you should start taking a month before your trip or earlier. Some will require coming for a booster before taking off. Some of them don’t work immediately, sometimes it can take several days for the vaccine to take effect, so do your research or speak with a pharmacist, a doctor or a nurse in a travel clinic. Don’t forget to buy some travel related MEDICATION; you never know when you may need it and it may not always be possible to buy it at the hour of need.

WHAT TO PACK? Firstly, not too much! There are possibilities to do laundry and you don’t want to the burden of carrying the clothes you won’t wear. How many times did you over pack, only to wear the same comfortable clothes during your trips? The same principle applies here. Of course, consider the activities you plan to do during your trip, or may want to try and include this option in your planning. 65L backpack is large enough to include all the necessities of your trip. You are going to collect memories, not things after all.

Do you need to change MONEY? It’s always good to have local currency for the first few days, as it’s better not to change it at inflated airport rates. Most countries will have money changers, where you can exchange dollars, euros or pounds for a local currency. And there is always an ATM.

Don’t forget to be prepared for all scenarios and remember to take CHARGER, BACKUP your computer files if you are taking laptop, as well as your phone contacts, and don’t forget about emergency CONTACTS.

There is a lot of research that usually goes into any trip planning, but even more so, for round the world trip, which for many is once in lifetime adventure. My list here is not inclusive of everything, but it’s a good starting point. To complete your research, you can use social media, groups, forums, travel guides and of course directly speaking with those who have done it. There are countless groups on Facebook related to travel, backpacking or solo travel, all you need is to join them. Sometimes you don’t even need to ask a question, it’s likely the topic has already been covered in previous posts, so you can use search bar to check.

Travelling the world solo can be overwhelming and lonely at times. But you can always download Tribd on iOS and connect with other solo travellers with similar travel plans.

Follow @tribdapp on social media for travel stories and travel inspiration and join our group of solo travellers on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Tribdapp/ 

#findyourtribe

 Whosoever is delighted in solitude, is either a wild beast or a god.
— Aristotle
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