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This is a discussion on Solo Travel, Living Abroad within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I prefer to travel alone and find my infp social awkwardness is practically non existent, I happily talk to strangers ...

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    Solo Travel, Living Abroad

    I prefer to travel alone and find my infp social awkwardness is practically non existent, I happily talk to strangers and make friends whilst away but also I really love being alone in a new place or different country. I'm thinking of spending a year travelling through/living in latin america.

    Do you prefer to travel alone? have you lived in another country? experienced culture shock?
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    INFP - The Idealists

    That sounds like so much fun! I haven't traveled abroad much, but I do feel more confident in social situations involving strangers when I am not with anyone who knows me. It forces me to bond with someone new in order to develop a feeling of security, and if I can get one extravert to approach me, it is only a matter of time before I get to claim all of his introverted friends as my new group.




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    Unknown

    That sounds just like me. Maybe your an ENFP?

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by snail View Post
    That sounds like so much fun! I haven't traveled abroad much, but I do feel more confident in social situations involving strangers when I am not with anyone who knows me. It forces me to bond with someone new in order to develop a feeling of security, and if I can get one extravert to approach me, it is only a matter of time before I get to claim all of his introverted friends as my new group.
    That is exactly the same way I am.
    Ruyr, that sounds like a great experience :) I think it'd be so much fun. I think I'd rather go with either myself or my best friend (if I had one lol).

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    Quote Originally Posted by snail View Post
    I do feel more confident in social situations involving strangers when I am not with anyone who knows me.
    That's exactly the way I am, social situations are much harder with people I know. I think it's easier to just let them do all the talking and join in when needed. The only friend I don't feel like that with is an ENFP, He has a knack of bringing out the extravert in me without me even noticing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance View Post
    That sounds just like me. Maybe your an ENFP?
    A close friend of my is ENFP, when we are out together you would swear I was an extravert only i'm completey knackered when I get home and need a day to recover.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silhouetree View Post
    That is exactly the same way I am.
    Ruyr, that sounds like a great experience :) I think it'd be so much fun. I think I'd rather go with either myself or my best friend (if I had one lol).
    I started travelling on my own a good few years ago, I was always with family, friends or partner before and whilst it's a different experience I prefer being alone and wandering around. With friends you tend to stay in your own group, like being in a little bubble

    Iv'e found if I just do it and put myself into places, I always meet people and have a great experience.
    Last year I headed to Iceland to go trekking in the highlands, Icelandic wilderness is just that, no phone signals, river crossings etc..... So a little daunting when going alone. I packed camping equipment and food enough to follow a trail called the Laugavegur. On the first day whilst setting up my tent, a lovely South African guy was setting up next to me, he was on his own too. On the evening I climbed the mountain behind camp and met a great German guy. We all ended up doing the trek together and it was great fun.

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    ENTJ - The Executives

    i've been thinking about doing that also. except backpacking through europe and sleeping on benches and in cheap motels, hanging out in the pubs and cafes, checking out the art museums, and just enjoying the culture. it's so appealing to me. and for 3 months. just me, myself, and i. though, with the times we're in now, i'll probably have to go with someone as my buddy. you can't trust anyone now-adays.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by ruyr View Post
    I prefer to travel alone and find my infp social awkwardness is practically non existent, I happily talk to strangers and make friends whilst away but also I really love being alone in a new place or different country. I'm thinking of spending a year travelling through/living in latin america.

    Do you prefer to travel alone? have you lived in another country? experienced culture shock?

    Before I left the continent of North America, I thought that culture shock was just a cliche. No, it's not just a cliche! It was very real for me. I realized that being in another country was different from learning about it from home. Everything was different- the language, smells, food.... Living in another country was like turning my normalcy upside down. Because I couldn't speak the language, I began to rely on my visual literacy: communicating with visuals (maps, drawings) and observe behavior more in order to figure out how to do things such as pay for the subway.

    Now, I hope that my travelling days aren't over.

    Wow. Latin America!
    Last edited by Dina; 05-13-2009 at 08:05 PM.

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    I haven't traveled abroad for years now, but when I did it always was so much fun and it's always interesting to meet new people. I never experienced a culture shock and I found out that you can get on quite well using gestures and such. I also noticed that I'm much more outgoing when traveling and that I tend to make acquaintances faster when I'm on my own in another country, even if I don't speak the language, it all seems so much easier than at home.....

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by elissab View Post
    just me, myself, and i. though, with the times we're in now, i'll probably have to go with someone as my buddy. you can't trust anyone now-adays.
    This is true. If I get the chance to travel again I would be more careful. Depending where you go, foreigners can be easy targets.


     
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