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Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-18, 5:40 am

MongerHunter
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Hi folks

Just out of curiosity really, how many out there do trips to Amsterdam solo?

I've frequently visited Amsterdam for the past 10 years, more so over the last couple doing roughly 2-4 trips a year lately but i've always gone with a friend or two.

Most now don't want to go, for one reason or another. So i'm left in a predicament of travelling solo (something i've never really done).


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Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-20, 2:43 am

officematt2002
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I have lost count as to how many times I have been to Amsterdam but basically 2-3 times per year on average since 2009 with two prior to that. I only went once with friends and that was my worst trip. I have met friends and family there but I have essentially travelled solo. Solo travel for me is awesome.
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-21, 4:36 pm

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Many times...The most challenging was the first time I traveled after I had lost 95% of my hearing.

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Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-21, 4:58 pm

grimnul Power Kat
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I’ve only ever been to Amsterdam solo. I think it’s actually better than being in Amsterdam with friends. Much more freedom travelling alone than in a group. Amsterdam is a place where you want to be able to be spontaneous. You’re walking through De Wallen, you catch “the look” from an absolute stunner, but oh shit, you’re running late to meet your buddy. No bueno.
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-21, 11:56 pm

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Many many times solo, don’t mind the odd trip or meet up but there is definitely something to savour about just doing your own thing and completely letting the rest of life withdraw to the recesses for a few days
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-22, 9:46 pm

IQ
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Solo solo.
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-22, 9:52 pm

jimmy_nova
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grimnul wrote:
You’re walking through De Wallen, you catch “the look” from an absolute stunner, but oh shit, you’re running late to meet your buddy. No bueno.

Sounds like a good thing to me. Most probably avoided getting ripped off.
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-22, 10:55 pm

retro Power Kat
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Only been once with others all the rest been solo, your able to do what you want when you want...
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-23, 7:40 pm

AlCaponedLondoner
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I have travelled both solo and with friends. Travelling solo has its pitfalls but it also has its pros. You can do what you want when you want. Its up to you. You are more likely to make new friends. Or if you just want to punt then you have no mates getting in the way.
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-25, 1:21 am

berkshiretyman
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Ive been going to Ams since may 2013 and after being let down by 2 mates on the first trip ive always travelled alone.
I love it....get up when I want, go out when I want, session, drink and smoke when I want.

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Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-03-26, 1:39 am

Eric
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Yea, solo is the way to go. That being said, about once a year or every other, my friend, who I've known way too long because we're that old, and I both fly into town. Even then as two, we frolic solo; but we'll meet up for breakfast after lunch time, and might then plan to have dinner together too. Coffee shops are his gig, and girls are mine; but preferences don't stop us from crossing paths between meals.

If I'm not just wondering the streets alone, I might be shopping, or might stop into a museum. On multiple occasions over multiple years, we've tried together visits to the Rijksmuseum, my favorite; but each of those attempts ended up with my being just as happy there alone. We do often manage trips to a likely Haarlem, or to Alkmaar; because mutual interests keep us both motivated. We've learned to respect each others needs, so we might not even meet up for a day here and there - that's traveling "solo" together.

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Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-04-05, 12:57 pm

HolyShitBSE Power Kat
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Originally I came over with groups of friends, but as time went on I found that being alone was much easier.

Echoing above, solo trips are far less hassle and are very relaxing, I find. Not to mentioned you've got the freedom, again as already stated.

Last going off, I haven't been since 2017 (wow that has gone fast!), but the last few trips was with a friend who was also into mongering. When it came to "the deed" however, we would always split up and meet up later on.

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Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-06-16, 6:20 pm

jsabetron
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I have been going to Amsterdam since 2016 for business at least once in every month. I never notice anyone solo. It feels like i am the only one alone which is uncomfortable. I usually head back to the hotel and order an escort or something :-( Where you guys hiding then ?
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-06-16, 10:22 pm

lilji
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I've been mixed with friends and solo. I always found with groups of friends that it can be easy to sneak off for a quick punt haha.

But yeah, going solo gives you freedom to not only see whatever girl you want (eg. I like all types of women but don't want to risk some fetishes being seen by friends) plus you can go to any attraction you want. I'd definitely recommend staying in a hostel (tho I must admit that Amsterdam is harder than most places to meet hostel friends at times) and if you go to some things like bar crawls you will meet people who are also solo (they can be a bit of a rip off but its a price worth paying sometimes so that you can have a bit of fun).

On a side note, doing 'touristy' things like bar crawls in Amsterdam, I've found it very easy to pull. I've done the same bar crawl 6 times and pulled 5, so decent odds haha.
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-06-18, 6:16 pm

ams2008damPower Kat XXX
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I only ever travel solo.
Be hard for me to go with someone now.
Freedom of it if i want to go back to the
hotel and rest dont need to worry about
anyone else.

Only time i feel lonely is the travelling time.

Travelling for 30 years 2 or 3 trips a year no
trouble.
Re: Solo Travelers
Posted: 2019-06-21, 10:53 pm

retro Power Kat
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lilji,

which places do the bar crawls nowadays? I've not seen any the past few times I've been.
I was approached by one a few years ago at the plays bar.


lilji wrote:
if you go to some things like bar crawls you will meet people who are also solo (they can be a bit of a rip off but its a price worth paying sometimes so that you can have a bit of fun).

On a side note, doing 'touristy' things like bar crawls in Amsterdam, I've found it very easy to pull. I've done the same bar crawl 6 times and pulled 5, so decent odds haha.
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