Travel Tips & Trip Ideas Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Travel Tips & Trip Ideas activity »
  1. 1 What Resources Do You Use to Book Complicated Trips?
  2. 2 40th Birthday Celebration
  3. 3 Should I use a travel agent?
  4. 4 Where in the world can I make my dream, reality?
  5. 5 Road trip from Denver or Salt Lake City?
  6. 6 What do you pack in your toiletries bag?
  7. 7 Difficult Decisions!!
  8. 8 Oceanfront Location - where in the world?
  9. 9 Barclaycard Arrival MC chip & pin useless in Italy
  10. 10 HoneyMoon - january
  11. 11 Glacier National Park Trip
  12. 12 Where to find volunteer work or hosteltrave job in the world
  13. 13 Why Do People Bother With Tripadvisor?
  14. 14 Wannabe female solo traveler seeking reassurance
  15. 15 Road map- European
  16. 16 Travel idea for a 1 year old
  17. 17 Malaga Ave fast train- M Zambrano Train Station car return
  18. 18 xmas anywhere in europe
  19. 19 Need advice for Asia trip
  20. 20 Family Italy
  21. 21 Big Island vs Maui
  22. 22 When do you start packing your suitcase(s)?
  23. 23 Winter Vacation
  24. 24 To Paris From UK HOW?
  25. 25 Suggestions on suitcase size/brand
View next 25 » Back to the top

25 year old guy from Chicago looking for solo getaway suggestions

Jump to last reply

Hi all!

I'm Bryan. I'm 25 and live and work in Chicago (Illinois native).

I have been experiencing a lot of changes in the past year, including a very unpredictable, high-stress job in the technology space. I am looking to plan a last-minute, solo trip to help myself decompress, unplug a little, and set some goals for 2014. I have never traveled alone, but am excited to do so.

My budget for this trip is approximately $800-$1,200.

Here are my criteria:

-Not Mexico, I've been there several times

- Warm and sunny (Chicago winter is brutal)

- Relaxing, but not isolating (i.e. I don't want to be going back to a fancy room by myself at some all-inclusive resort. Rather, I'd like to visit somewhere where everyone around me is going about their day-to-day life.)

- Minimal-moderate language barrier. I speak enough Spanish to get by in most places in Mexico, but if no one around me speaks any english at all, that may not be so great.

The picture in my head:
A small, yet not desolate, island somewhere south of the US. Local folks selling fruit on the streets. Small cafes run by 2 people. Groups of older gentleman sitting in circles rolling cigarettes and BS'ing. Sun, sun, and more sun.

Thank you for any input - I would really appreciate the insight of the Fodor's community on this one!


9 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.