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May have to travel alone...

Hi Everyone.

I'm new here. I just found out that I may have to go on our mid-December trip all alone. My husband is probably not going to be able to go.

I'm a little nervous about this and am actually thinking of cancelling. I don't know why I mentioned this...advice, I guess? Would you go alone or wait another year? Is it still fun traveling without anyone?

Ahhhh...why did this have to happen??

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Sad Oh noes! Booo!!!

I think this really depends on your relationship. If you are the types that occassionally take vacations apart, and this was not a "special" trip (like an annniverary celebration), then it could be kind fun to wander the world alone and explore, and bring back some special momentos for the hubbie to let him know you were thinking of him often.

For us, though, we do everything together, and I could not imagine going without Joe.

Hope that helps!!

And if you do decide to cancel, I know it kinda sucks, but start planning and make a countdown clock to the new date asap and look forward to the next trip!! yay

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I agree with Jeff. It depends on if you would normally do things alone. I would not even think about going alone but that is just me. But, if you do other things seperately I would say go for it.

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Hi again.

I've taken trips alone, but am always lonely. He has a funny schedule that always is changing because he's a consultant and when work comes, it comes. I would love to always have him with me, but can't. If I go, I just need to find a way of having fun and not feeling lonely.

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Can you take someone (friend or family member) with you?

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I would like to add like the others it all depends whether or not you like to sometimes travel alone. We have a well travelled lady who stops in to WDWFG from time to time who likes to travel alone. Her name is Gray Cargill and her user name is solofriendly she resides in Burlington VT. and she also has a website for people who travel alone and enjoy it called appropriately enough http://www.solofriendly.com/ and gives many tips for travelling alone. In fact she had a solo trip to WDW earlier this month. Travelling alone to Disney can be very enjoyable when you are able to do what you want when you want. NOW all that said I personally would not want to go without my wife. so I get your point as well.

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I just got back from a solo trip to Walt Disney World. We'd been planning our trip since last winter, but a business obligation came up this fall and hubby couldn't make it.

I should mention up front that I was not all alone for the entire trip. We'd planned the trip with my sister and her family, which was the main reason I didn't postpone the trip till later. But sister and family arrived in Florida later and left earlier than I did, and they spent all of their time at the Universal parks, whereas I am a die-hard Disney fan (although I did go to Universal a couple of days with them). But for my five days in the Disney parks as well as my first and last day in Orlando, I was all by my lonesome.

Disney parks are awesome, and I had a wonderful time, but it wasn't as wonderful as it would've been if hubby had been along. I won't lie about that. There were times when I walked through the parks feeling sad that we weren't having "our" vacation.

On the other hand, there were some real advantages to going solo. When I woke up at 6:30 a.m., I got ready and headed for the park du jour, which meant I was at the front of the line for headline attractions like Toy Story Mania. (Hubby usually sleeps late.) When single rider lines were available, I used them. I ate when and where I wanted to eat and toured the parks at my own pace (which is faster than that of hubby or the friends we frequently tour with). And I visited my favorite attractions several times while skipping the ones that don't interest me. I'd say my day at the Magic Kingdom was probably my best ever - that's hubby's least favorite park, but I love it. And since I got there around park opening and only sat down to eat, use the facilities, and experience an attraction, I made it around the park twice and visited several attractions two or even three times before I had to leave at 7:00 because I didn't have a MVMCP ticket. I have NEVER done so much at the Magic Kingdom in one day before!

I even made a couple of ADRs for Teppan Edo and the Biergarten, where everyone is seated at communal tables and I wouldn't have to eat alone. I ended up cancelling the Teppan Edo ADR to spend a little more time with sister and her crew, but I had a great time at the Biergarten with a woman and her two adult daughters.

And I bought lots of gifts for hubby so he wouldn't feel totally left out. I got the trip; he got the souvenirs.

If my sister and her family had not come along, I might have postponed the trip. On the other hand, I might have gone alone and scheduled more stuff to fill my time - maybe get a MVMCP ticket, maybe spend some evenings at Downtown Disney, maybe go to the ESPN Club where I could get a meal and watch some sports. Maybe it would've been the time to see Cirque du Soleil - one ticket is cheaper than two, after all. And I might have done more park hopping so I finished the day at whichever park was open latest.

So for you, especially since your husband's work schedule is unpredictable, maybe going alone is the thing to do. Or maybe not, if you think you'd be miserable the whole time. But if I ever have to make that choice again (hope I don't, of course), I might do it again even knowing that there will be times when I really, really miss hubby.

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I do travel without my husband occasionally and have a great time. I would still go, especially since it's Disney. Disney is a fantastic place to travel no matter how big, or small your party is. I don't think that I would get too lonely because I'd probably be tweeting everything to stay connected and help my hubby and friends "come along" with me. Three are always friendly cast members to chat with. The dining at a communal table idea is *GREAT*! I would just consider it the trip that I get to do anything I want to, when I want to, and I would take a gazillion pictures, and gather lots of research information for the blog.

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Wow! What quick responses and great ideas! Thank you so much for taking the time out to write to me. I also like the idea of a communal table so that I can have some "babysitters" while I'm there. I've traveled alone before and feel like the people I meet along the way are like "babysitters". The only thing about the communal table thing is that I'm a little shy. I do like meeting people during an activity, but I'm just a little nervous about family table eating.

There is a place in Savannah (one of my favorite towns) called Mr. Wilkes Boarding House and it's supposed to have incredible food. I was too shy to make a reservation while I was there alone in March. It's a great idea and I should probably make a reservation at Bier Garten, then cancel if my husband can go.

I do like the idea of going at my own pace. I like to get out earlier than he does. He's an early riser, but I'm a little more gung-ho with the attractions. We went there in September and didn't do a single rope drop. I also use the FastPasses and have no problem crisscrossing the park if need be. I'm still unsure about the best way to use those suckers.

The part that will make me a little sad is that I planned so many romantic things for the trip. I can still do some of them like watching Holiday Wishes from the Polynesian. It won't exactly be romantic though...but still nice.

Thanks for the quick replies, great ideas, and well-wishes. I really like this site!

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I just returned from WDW where the first 2 and a half days, I was alone. I had a great time. One of the days, my friends wanted to go back to the resort and I stayed at Animal Kingdom a little while longer. The best part about solo travel is you don't have to wait for anyone and you can go at your own pace. I'm glad Vettelover mentioned Gray's Solo Friendly site. Here is an article she wrote on traveling solo to Disney.

Top 10 Reasons to Travel Solo To Disney World

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Thanks JoAnn and Vette for the links!!!

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Ill go with ya! lol

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Mase wrote:
Ill go with ya! lol

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True 'dat!

In my head I think the idea of a solo Disney trip would be awesome. A great friend of mine was in a situation like yours recently and her husband couldn't go but she went anyway and had an awesome time.

However, if it was me I would cancel. I like hanging out with Dave in Disney and I am not really the kind of person who likes to be alone for too long (an hour or two yes..a few days? No thanks). But that's just me.

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okay I totally envy you guys that want to and/or can go alone to Disney! I dont think I could. I think everything I did would make me think of my DH and wish that he was there with me... But Im that way in pretty much everything, I dont even like to eat at a fast food place by myself! hahahaha!! I hope you have an awesome trip Reflections and I will live vicariously through you!!! Have you decided to go?

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Yes, Emma. And now my husband can go with me. I originally got two plane tickets and bought two 6 day park hoppers from Undercover Tourist. I thought we were going to have to send back one of the tickets and cancel his flight. So, right now, he's saying yes to the trip. He just let me know.

He's a consultant and just got a big gig that he thought was going to be more work than it is. It turned out to be pretty "easy" stuff and he says it shouldn't be much of a problem to take a week off. Get ahead with his work before the trip and work hard just after. Even if he has to work just a little bit during the trip (he says probably not), it's wayyy better than going alone.

I've traveled by myself to Savannah, San Diego, even Australia through the years. It's not that big deal for me I guess, but Disney is just different...I was really nervous about traveling alone and love the idea of sharing those experiences. I'm very glad that I don't have to go alone. I still would have made the most of it though.

So, for now, he says yes. I really, really hope nothing changes...especially after getting my hopes up.

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aw yay! I am glad that he is going to get to go with you!!!! Its almost time!!!! =)

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Yay! I am glad he gets to go with you too!!

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Me too! I just talked to him at dinner tonight and made absolute sure that work wouldn't get in the way. He said there is no way that it will and not to worry.

So, we're on and I'm very, very happy!

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Me too! I just talked to him at dinner tonight and made absolute sure that work wouldn't get in the way. He said there is no way that it will and not to worry.

So, we're on and I'm very, very happy!

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Well, I guess I must be happy since I posted twice! Now, how to delete one of these...hmmm.

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Yay! So happy for you that he can go with you!

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Glad to hear you Hubby can make the trip after all! yay

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Hi,

I hope you don't mind if I continue to post my opinions on each topic.

Reflections, welcome to WDWFG, the friendliest Disney fan site on the internet. I'm happy for you that your husband can now go with you to WDW.

Seven of my eight trips (between April, 1982 and December, 2007) were solo, the exception being my high school senior class trip in 1982. I think that if I waited for someone to go anywhere with me, I'd never leave home.

For me, a highlight of any vacation is the food. A solo diner can sometimes walk up to the podium of a restaurant for which s/he does not have an ADR and get seated, especially if it is low season and/or a non-peak meal time. This works best if the restaurant is less known or popular; I went to Captain Jack's Clam Bar on the marina at Downtown Disney Marketplace, at 5:00 pm one day in December, 2003, and was seated immediately for a nice meal of seafood pasta.

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I'm glad it worked out! Even though I love to take daytrips to WDW by myself, I just didn't think it sounded like you would be happy for a solo trip at this time. Can't wait to hear all about it!

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Thanks for the replies everyone...I'm very, very happy to have my husband along.

I'm actually ok with traveling alone and have done it a few times. Disney is just a little bit different for me though. I still would have been happy, but I know I would have had a pathetic moment here and there just wishing he could be right next to me. It's happened before (Savannah in March) and I just pick up the phone and take him with me as I describe everything I'm seeing. I also take a lot of pictures with my camera to send him right there on the spot. It doesn't take his place, but at least helps.

Everything is working out great for the trip now. I have about half my planning left to go though!!! Arghhh!!!

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I love a happy ending. I couldn't imagine going to Disney without Mrs T, even if she won't go on ToT.

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