Hi! This is my first post ever here. I've been thinking about doing a sort of interrail in my country - an intrarrail - but none of my friends can go with me and if I want to do it, I'll have to go alone. I'm almost 17 and have no experience travelling alone, but I do read lots of blogs and watch videos about backpacking so I'm not totally ignorant about it.
If I go, I will always travel by train and maybe a few times by bus and I'll sleep at inns. I'm expecting it to be quite complicated to find cheap meals every time, because I'm a vegetarian, but I've decided I can't spend more than 100 euros for the 7 days of the trip, trips excluded.
I'll visit mostly cities and historical places. My country is reasonably safe.
What do you think? Any tips on travelling solo as a girl? How can I convince my parents? Should I buy a proper backpack? Is there anything I really shouldn't forget to pack?
Post by wanderingwildcat on Jul 26, 2016 5:31:08 GMT -8
I would discourage the idea, based on what you proposed. You're very young and have no experience in traveling alone. That's why your parents will never be convinced. It's dangerous and irresponsible.
If you want to take a weeklong trip, I would instead recommend to take a couple good friends with you, and plan things in advance - such as where you will be staying each night. Create a trip itinerary that you can provide to your parents, and that will help ease their worries a little. Plus it gives you a better idea of costs for lodging and food so you'll have enough funds. Splitting those costs with your friends helps you to spend less of your own money. And having friends with you is much safer.
As a parent, I have to agree with wanderingwildcat. If you were experienced at traveling that way, with family or friends, I might say it's okay even at 17, but for a first trip, to go alone? No. I traveled Europe alone at age 22, a very long time ago, and my feeling is that 17 is pretty young (22 wasn't, except that I had no experience, so it was definitely a challenge. I admit that modern technology, like the ability to phone home, probably makes this easier than it was in 1986).
I echo wanderingwildcat and rebeccad, regarding your age and traveling solo. Determine a way to get some experience with shorter day trips, with friends. Another two or three years will make a huge difference in your confidence level, experience and your parents willingness to support you in a week long trip.