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Solo Travel for Beginners

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[Samantha Brown] Hi—I'm Samantha Brown [whirring sound] Thinking about taking a solo trip? Well, I have got some great ideas about where to go. ♪ music ♪ [popping sound] [bouncing sound] [horn blaring] [AARP Travel Ambassadaor Samantha Brown] Traveling solo—hm? [Decide] Should you stay in the US or travel overseas? Well, the best thing about going alone is you have the freedom to do whatever you want. But I will say if you are new to traveling solo, you might want to take your first trip to a place that shares your same language. ♪ music ♪ Of course the US has some great places for your first solo trip. Chicago, New York, New York [singing] San Antonio, Seattle. These are all fantastic places to see on foot, using their public transit, or hey—hop on a bike. [ringing sound] For instance— our nation's capital has a bike share program that is first rate and makes it super easy to bike around town and visit museums. [popping sound] Now if you're feeling a bit more adventurous— and ready to grab your passport— Ireland and Australia are extremely friendly cultures. And we all know how easy it is to talk to an Irishman. [laughing] It's getting him to stop that's the problem. Just kidding. [bouncing sound] [Tip] But whenever you're engaged in a conversation with a local, be sure to get their recommendations on things to do and see. Australians—can we just spend a minute talking about Australians? They are super friendly and there's a real culture of travel in that country. Particularly traveling solo. So even alone, you'll be in very good company. ♪ music ♪ If you're not sure about staying in a busy city, don't think twice. Cities are a perfect choice. Hotels are used to catering to the solo traveler and urbanites themselves spend a lot of time alone. They go to movies, to the museum. They even dine alone. So hold your head up high when you say table for one please. >> [waitress] Now tell me your name. >> [ Samantha Brown] And not only does the concierge know where to eat— but so does the doorman and the bell hop. So ask away—oh—a quick word on safety. [Tip] Just be sure to ask the front desk about safe areas for walking—especially at night. And one more tip—it is ok to wear a white lie— a wedding band or or tell one. There's just no need to let folks know you're traveling alone. But most importantly, enjoy the fact that you get to do whatever it is you want to do. So relax [pinging sound] and have fun. [whooshing sound] For more of my travel tips, visit [clanging sound] [horn blaring] AARP Travel Ambassador Samantha Brown

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Duration: 2 minutes and 29 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Views: 31
Posted by: aarp on May 14, 2014

Traveling alone: it's the ultimate in freedom and relaxation. Just ask Samantha Brown! But if you're a newbie to solo travel, you may want to pick a destination in your language comfort zone. Check out these tantalizing destinations and travel tips for first-timers.

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