Solo travel

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Are there any solo travellers out there. Does any one know if there is a solo traveller club or group.
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 09:45

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 09:45
Gday Jeni
Not ever being able to get away on my own, i have never looked the solo travelers club australia up before. Just use google and make sure you mention australia, and there they are.

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Follow Up By: Jeni - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 09:56

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 09:56
Thanks Muzbry. Had a quick look at 'The Solo Travellers Club' . It looks like it is for organised tours by bus and plane. I have a caravan and would like to do some travelling around Australia on my own. I am very independent and quite capable of travelling on my own. Just a bit concerned about safety.
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Follow Up By: baz&pud (Tassie) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 10:12

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 10:12
Jeni,
I wouldn't be to worried about safety, generally where ever you pull up now a days, there is always some one else there.
We generally try to find a spot for the night around mid arvo, if it looks a bit sus we then have time to move to the next camp site.
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 10:51

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 10:51
Try the Caravan & Motorhome Club Aust at (www.cmca.net.au) they have a lot of solo travellers, its easy to link up with like minded travellers and tag along. They also have organised events etc. and special interest groups
There is always someone going somewhere and most are happy to share the adventure
Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:27

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:27
Kev, they don't allow caravaners in the CMCA. You can get in and participate in their rallys if you have a fifth wheeler, which is a bloody caravan in anybodies language, but you are not allowed to participate in their rallys in a caravan.
They condescendingly allow you to become a member but you can only attend one rally in your caravan. After that, foof off.

Bit of an elitist organisation I believe. Brother is a member, that is how I know.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ross G (NT) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 17:45

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 17:45
The name is actually Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia. Not as stated. So it reasonable to expect they don't have caravans in their club. Googling caravan clubs brought up a lot of possibilities including this one http://www.australiancaravanclub.com.au/. I am not a member of any of them and camp in a KK but hopefully this info will help you.
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:31

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:31
Ross G & Bruce C Sorry you are right my fingers were working faster than my brain it is Campervan & Motorhome Club - I knew that
I know a few solos that travel with them but in motorhomes
By the way Jeni's post does not mention caravan so maybe she is still elegible
Cheers Kev
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Reply By: Hairy (WA) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 10:46

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 10:46
Gday,
Solo Group? Bwahahahahaha!!!!
If you joined in a group you wouldnt be solo.....LOL
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Follow Up By: David16 - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:18

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:18
Lol, I was thinking exactly that!
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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:20

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:20
Very droll, Hairy, very droll.
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Reply By: Michaeljp - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:35

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:35
Jeni,
Ive been traveling solo for the past 11 years, with 6 trips through the Kimberley's and ive never been hassled anywhere. You just have to be vigilant where you park up for the night and if you dont feel safe there, move on.
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Follow Up By: Jeni - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 19:36

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 19:36
Thanks Michael, for the advice. Good to hear from other solo travellers.
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Reply By: joe r - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 16:29

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 16:29
Hi Jen my wife and i travelled for 2 years around oz and met lots of solo ladies in free campsites and they all said that they have had no problems but acknowlaged that you had to be careful
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Follow Up By: Jeni - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 16:59

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 16:59
Thanks Joe. That makes me feel a bit better. I love utilising the free camp sites so that is good to here.
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Follow Up By: Member - VickiW - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:18

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:18
Comforting for me to hear as well. I'm only starting solo travel after marriage split. Although I never worried about it before with my now ex, & sought out spots with no one else, my parents have made me promise to never camp by myself! I may be 50 but parents are always parents!
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Follow Up By: MobiCondo - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:25

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:25
We (my wife & I) travel "solo" all the time. Meet lots of solo ladies along the way, they seem to enjoy their chosen style and tell us that they feel quite secure. Most do seek a camp where there are others as well. Like us they do a general 1st up character assessment of others before setting up. We leave our diesel running for the usual reason (motor warm down) AND ready to drive on if need be. We also have the rig in a "quick escape" readiness position. Have yet to do so!
Hope this assists - Mobi
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Follow Up By: Jeni - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:38

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:38
Hi Vicki, good to hear I am not the only one out there on my own. I am 53 and can't wait to get out there on my own with my van.
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Reply By: Member-George (WA) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:18

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:18
Hi Jeni, don't know where your proposed travel will originate from. However we will start our caravan tour from Perth to SA and up to Darwin and back down the East coast back to Perth. You are most welcome to tag along, if that suits you. We mainly bush camp along the way and caravan park stops every 3 days or so to take stock. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Jeni - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:32

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 18:32
Thanks guys. That is so kind of you. I am thinking of heading off Jan next year from NSW, so may not match up with your travels, but it is so good to hear that fellow caravaners are willing to help. Thanks so much.
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Reply By: Member - Mary W NW VIC - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 20:43

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 20:43
Hi Jeni,
I often travel alone.Have a landrover camper that is self contained.For my peace of mind and that of folks and friends as well as myself i Carry a Spot 2 which when hooked up to expoloz gives a record of my travels and also has heaps of emergency help features.
Also travel to outback areas with Landrover clubs where it would be foolish to travel solo..
However your proposed trip should be fine.Maybe we can travel in tandem sometime,
Cheers,
Mary
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Follow Up By: Jeni - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 20:53

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 20:53
Thanks Mary. Not heading off on my travels until next year, but it sounds like a good idea to hook up with other solo travellers while on the road.
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Reply By: Member - JohnBee (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 21:07

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 21:07
Gday...

I travel solo but don't belong to a "Solo Traveller's Club". However, I am retired and a 'grey nomad'.

There are many female solo travellers on this site -

http://thegreynomads.activeboard.com/f447172/solo-grey-nomads/

I am a member of the forum and find it interesting, friendly and full of info.

Cheers - John
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Follow Up By: Jeni - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 21:11

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 21:11
Thanks John. I only found this web site this afternoon and have been overwhelmed with helpful comments. It is so good to find out I am not the only one out there who wants to travel solo.
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Reply By: Miss Destiny - Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 23:08

Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 23:08
Hi

You could look for a club relating to the make of your van. Joining a club gives you an opportunities to travel to destination and meet up with others until you get out there on your own.

Most clubs meet monthly and sometime groups go off on longer trip.

Kath
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Reply By: Member - Lee & Arrabella A'Van - Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:01

Monday, Jun 04, 2012 at 20:01
Hi Jeni,

Also a newly solo traveller... in my early fifties ...in WA.
Not that I feel like one...but the Grey Nomads forum has a solo section which is reasonably active www.thegreynomads.com.au
I have posted a few times and received informed and helpful responses.
They seem to be a nice bunch of people with a few characters thrown in!
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Reply By: Grubby - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2012 at 21:44

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2012 at 21:44
hey there

I'm solo and a chick :-). I don't know of any clubs - I will have a look at the ones mentioned on here. I know that there is a few of us out there. I am yet to catch up with a lady that another friend of mine told me about - we swapped facebook details so far and then we'll catch up for a bevvy when we hit the same towns :-)

Cheers

Rob

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