I did not have a section on solo travelers reviews but when I got this following e-mail I decided to make one because not only was it a joy to read but it will also give people who are nervous about traveling alone the courage to do it. Its written by a French-Canadian and English is not his first language but he makes himself clearly understood and it is one of those e-mails I was so thankful to get that I wanted to show it off to everyone.
Hi Mr. Barrett, how are you ?
I don,t know if you remember me but i wrote to you last summer to make
a trip to greece from mid-july to mid-august. And i made it. For me it
was not only a trip or a vacation it was an accomplishment. I made the
trip of my life it was so nice and intense that now, i feel like a new
person, i have a different way of thinking, because of this incredible
trip. When my friend knew and my parents that i decided to go to greece
they was all like, why greece ? why you want to go this far ? But in my
mind, the place i wanted to go last summer was greece. I don,t really
know why, but inside of me there was something that was pushing me to
go there. When i arrived at the ariport in Montreal ( Quebec), alone
with my parents and they were leaving me so ican catch my plane in my
mind it was like : WoW, now i really in my way to go very far from my
country and i,m alone !
But there was nos stress at all, when i arrived in Athens and i saw all
the greek signs and people coming from everywhere, speaking greek,
english, italian i was lost alittle bit. But, the first day i was at my
hostel ( Athens backpackers, the best hostel in athens with a rooftop
i was already feeling good and free. I was already speking with people
from everywhere and making new friends, that was the party ! it was
just day one !
After Athens i went to IOS. What a paradise it was for me!!( 21 years
old ) and for all the crowd of hundred young people that where there at
this time of the year, i have no word to describe what i felt there. I
slept 2 night at the Ios Palace ( INcredible, unbeatable view, its near
the best beach of the island and near everything, I recommend it to
everyone, it woth every penny i pay to sleep there) and i slept 5 night
at the hermes hotel 9 very nice too, i recommend it too, very nice
pool, with lots of nice young people. I went to the bar every night and
i met new people evey day!! Many italian there ! In Ios every body is
son nice and it,s very easy to make friends. After this i went to
Santorini 4 days very nice, i have hundred pictures of that island. The
sunst is unthikeably nice.
After i went to the most charming, entertaining, fantastic,
unthinkeably nice place of my life : MYKONOS. Wow, even if it,s more
italian than greek, and there is almost no real greek tradition there,
i was 21 years old in a place that is in a league of it,s own! The
girls were so nice that sometime i was pinching me to know that i was
not dreaming !! I spend 10 days there and by chance that i had a plane
ticket to exit this place, because i would have stay there more time.
The only think that was missing me was the greek tradition.
So, Mr Barrett, i wrote you this letter to you because i really want to
thank you so much because if i haven,t foun your site on the internet,
my trip to greece would probably have been impossible , or very hard. I
took all my infromation on your site and that,s your personnal info
that made me chose to go to greece and spend big money on a place that
i didn,t even know one year ago, that is saying alot about the effort
you put on that site( it is a achievemnt for me) I also want to thanks
so many tiem the traval agency FANTASY Travel , i made my reservation
in Ios with them and they send me a letter in my hostels with many
different informations to guide me in Ios. They send a taxi to pick me
up at my hostel and bring me in the port at my boat, so there was no
stress for me. I was very happy to pay money and have a sevice so
great. Thank you all the member of fantasy travel, i will made
businness with you again anytime!
I was 21 years old, i was from Quebec ( french Canadian), i was alone,
my fisrt langage spoken was french, and i went in greece. That was the
rip of my life and i would have stay there all summer long ( if i had
the money :):):):) You should have see my friends faces when i showed
them the pictures from Ios and Mykonos, and the girls !!!
Yes, greece is not cheap for a canadian, but i made an achievement i
spend 1 month there alone and i made more friend than in 21 year in my
So, for all the young peolple that want to go there and have no idea
what greece look like in summer i have just one thing to say to you :
GO FOR IT!
SO finally, mr barrett thank you so much , because you made possible to me a experience that will stay in my mind all my life.
Quebec, Canada .
I went in greece from mid-july to mid-august