Retired widow previously worked in an office. Decided that I would either have to sit at home and grow old or take my courage and strike out alone. Having tried a couple of breaks in Wales on my own I ventured on a singles holiday to China and went away with the same company a few times afterward. I then met a man who was planning a 4 and half month holiday over in the far east, Australia, New Zealand and back to the UK via the USA. He was aware of the cost involved if one went to the best hotels and expensive flights and had learned the economic way. Youth hostels or backpackers accommodation is vastly different from what it was. We are now looking at going to South America.