Your mail and mis­sives: this is­sue, vent­ing against over­shar­ing trav­ellers, lov­ing go­ril­las and sun­rises, and count­ing the cost of solo ad­ven­tures…

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In our mail­bag: why cer­tain trav­ellers are bet­ter off keep­ing their opin­ions to them­selves, cel­e­brat­ing the joys of go­ril­las and desert sun­rises, count­ing the costs of solo travel and much, much more...

★ STAR LET­TER ★ Moun­tain magic

I’ve just re­turned from my first trip to Nepal, a fan­tas­tic trek around the An­na­purna Cir­cuit. As pre­dicted, the lo­cals were truly wel­com­ing, the scenery was out­stand­ing and the trekking suit­ably chal­leng­ing. How­ever, I have a mi­nor gripe.

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions we met trekkers who, while os­ten­si­bly en­joy­ing their trip, were keen to tell us how things had changed since they last com­pleted the walk 20 or 30 years ago. For them, the sense of iso­la­tion had been lost, the tea­houses were too var­ied in their menus and the path too easy to fol­low.

I’ve come across down­beat at­ti­tudes be­fore on sim­i­lar ex­cur­sions to hard-to-reach places. But, as a ‘Nepal new­bie’ who had noth­ing to com­pare my trek against, I was lov­ing life and re­ally didn’t need any­thing to spoil my sense of achieve­ment.

So, I’d like to of­fer a gen­tle re­minder to us all, when we’re abroad and talk­ing to other trav­ellers, which most of us thor­oughly en­joy do­ing: please re­mem­ber to tone down any his­tor­i­cal com­par­isons. For many trav­ellers, trips such as mine are a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence and re­ally need to be savoured and en­joyed to the full. Cliff Par­rott, via email

A spe­cial mo­ment

We trav­elled around Namibia in Novem­ber 2017 on a small­group tour. We woke early to get to the dunes of Sos­susvlei, in the Namib desert, to catch sunrise. As the sun rose, the sands were lit by a soft golden light, giv­ing it a slightly eerie ap­pear­ance. It re­ally was a beau­ti­ful sight.

We then climbed to the top of one of the dunes – not the eas­i­est of walk­ing – and were re­warded by a won­der­ful view from the top, fol­lowed by a pic­nic break­fast pre­pared by our guide. A spe­cial way to start any day. Hazel Wright, via email

Go­ing solo

Greet­ings to you at Wan­der­lust! Your magazine has in­spired me so much that, af­ter be­ing let down by my boyfriend, I de­cided a solo trip from Ire­land to Costa Rica – as fea­tured re­cently [ Feb 2018, is­sue 183] – was needed.

It was beau­ti­ful, even if I nearly gave my­self a heart at­tack while run­ning for my cam­era when the top of Mount Are­nal be­came vis­i­ble. But I want to of­fer up an idea. I have read count­less is­sues but I would love an ar­ti­cle on ac­com­mo­da­tion around the world (not just re­sorts) for solo trav­ellers. Af­ter trav­el­ling on my own, I now re­alise that sin­gle pay­ment can makes trips very ex­pen­sive, and re­sorts can be lonely for a solo trav­eller.

He­len Collins, Ire­land

[ Ed. Thanks for your let­ter, He­len. We’ve cov­ered solo travel a lot over the years, es­pe­cially group tours and the tyranny of the sin­gle sup­ple­ment. Trips that avoid such fees (and in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion) are one way to bring costs down. For more tips, visit ‘The Wan­der­lust guide to the best of solo travel’ on­line, and happy solo trav­el­ling!]

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