Travelling With Friends Vs. Travelling Alone
Where you are travelling with friends or solo, there are many advantages and disadvantages to planning a trip either as a singleton or in a group. When travelling by yourself, you have the freedom to go on any adventure that takes your fancy when by yourself, but the days can be lonely and full of trepidation. When you travel in a group there is the added bonus of fun and socialising, but you may have to compromise on where and when you go out.
Most of us have a little more choice as to whether we travel alone or with friends, but which is best? The world can be a frightening place and adventures are often best shared. Seasoned travellers will report that there are advantages and disadvantages in travelling alone or with friends.
Travelling with friends – the benefits
Safety is possibly the greatest factor. Being with friends is certainly a good idea if you are planning to take in the nightlife. You may also be able to get group discounts if you are with friends. Quite a few cheap airlines and tourist attractions offer good discounts for group purchases. You may also find cheaper accommodation if you are sharing with others. Another great advantage to travelling with friends is that you have someone to laugh with and to share memories with when the trip is over.
There are some drawbacks to travelling with friends. Often, you are unable to get away from each other and may start to get on each other’s nerves. If you are a frugal person, it can end up costing you more than you expect if your friend/s want to eat at more expensive places or insist on particular sight-seeing ventures. You should pick friends wisely before you go off on adventure. Are they likely to land you in trouble? Or will they get you out of tight spot should the situation come to that?
Travelling alone – the benefits
Going solo presents a challenge but can be great for boosting your confidence. When you are on your own you are also more likely to meet interesting people (though not everyone would agree with this). You may also be able to pick up a cheaper airfare through one of the budget airlines that often have single ticket upgrade deals available at a moments notice. Being able to do things at a moments notice is another advantage of travelling alone. You don’t have to consult with anyone else. You are free to go where you want, when you want. Perhaps the best thing about travelling solo is that you have time to reflect on your journey.
Too much reflection time can lead to loneliness, but that is part of the challenge. Seasoned travellers do recommend some careful planning if you are travelling alone, especially for women. Take the time to find safe accommodation before you leave and find out as much as you can about any local customs you should follow. Have a plan to keep in touch with home on a regular basis and an action plan to follow if something should go wrong. Depending on where you are going, and who you want to meet, it can be a good idea to wear a wedding ring.
Clearly there are benefits and drawbacks to either choice of holiday. You may have more fun with friends, but you may learn more about yourself by travelling alone. Whichever way you decide to go, do plan ahead. Look for cheap accommodation and cheap airlines so you can use your money for more important things. Who knows where the yellow brick road will take you, or who you may meet on the way.
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