Would a solo Asian woman traveling to Australia feel uncomfortable?
I am a solo Chinese woman. I wish to go backpacking to Australia. I never go there before and I am worried that I would feel uncomfortable there. I am also not those normal pretty young woman instead I am ugly with lot of pipmples on my face. I really badly want to know should I travel alone or not.
I can't tell you whether you should travel alone or not, but I can tell you that Australia has a huge Chinese population - around half a million out of a population of 22 million - so that's a large minority. Especially in the cities, you'll see plenty of other Chinese. English is also the country's language and as your English appears perfect, you should have no problems meeting people or getting around.
As for a woman traveling solo, you know from reading this site that I think it's a hugely affirming undertaking and that it can be an incredible experience. However what counts is how YOU feel, not how others feel. You need to be comfortable in your own skin and know that travel isn't about being beautiful - it's about discovery, both of the world around you, and perhaps of the world within you. People aren't looking for attractive travelers - they're looking for interesting ones!
If you're heading off solo, Australia is probably as good a place to start as any. All I can do is wish you well and hope you have a wonderful, self-affirming trip that opens your eyes to new places and helps build your confidence.
Can you help me decide?
(New York, U.S.A.)
I am a single black AMERICAN woman who normally does Contiki tours. Unfortunately I have aged out and no longer can travel with Contiki. I saw a company called, "Ace The Himalya" (a company based in Nepal not America) which is doing a trip to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for 21 days. However, I can only travel in July and in July this trip becomes private.
I have some concerns:
a. How safe is it as an american female to travel with only a driver/guide/no tour group.
b. How do I combat the loneliness? Do you think I will be lonely or bored?
c. Is this choice of a trip wise? No, I am not doing backpacking or trekking. This is strictly sightseeing and staying 3 days at Chitwan.
It's perfectly safe to travel without a group but if you're going to choose a driver and guide, make sure you get someone through a good personal recommendation. I suggest posting on expat forums or regular travel forums. I've listed a few of them on Best Travel Forums.
As for feeling lonely, you'll be traveling in some tourist areas so even if you're not backpacking or trekking, you're bound to find other travelers with whom you can share a meal or an evening. Just don't be shy - after all, a great part of travel is made up of the people we meet.
As for being American, that shouldn't be a worry. You won't be any less safe because you're from the US than if you were from any other Western country. However, travel should provide you with a wonderful experience so make sure you adhere to your own comfort level, not anyone else's. Just do what you're most comfortable with.
A final word - there are plenty of tour agencies out of the UK that cater to the slightly older traveler. I'm not sure how old you are - you didn't say - but you could try such agencies as explore.co.uk, with average ages into the 30s and 40s. I hope you have a wonderful trip!