When you decide you want to go travelling, the next question is always, who do you want to go with. For some they may be adamant they’re going on their own, others may have planned the whole trip with a partner or a friend but if you’re not sure then this is the perfect guide for you.
Over my many years of travelling, I have been on my own, travelled in a group and explored countries with my partner. All experiences are different and it depends what kind of person you are and what you want to get out of this experience.
I can’t give you a definitive answer but hopefully, this post will give you a better idea of if you want to travel solo or within a group.
Going solo is incredibly rewarding which gives you so much freedom. Even though you are leaving on your own, I assure that you will meet a ton of new people who you may not have met otherwise. When you’re on your own, other travellers are more likely to approach you, so in that sense you’re bound to make a whole host of new friends and travelling buddies.
With this, you can tag along with others on their route, invite some to come with you all without the commitment of their plans.
Yes, at times it can be a little lonely, when you have no plans for that night or you have a spare day and you want some company but if you’re the kind of person who likes their own company, then this may be perfect for you.
If you’ve been talking about visiting a certain country for a while with friends, then group travel may be the right choice for your travels. Experiencing incredible things with your best friends is amazing, making memories and building bonds which will last forever.
If there is only three of you, you may want to set out a clear route before hand as you can’t really go off in different directions, or have two opinions opposing one. If you’re in a bigger group you can split off because there won’t be one left on their own or doing something they don’t want to do.
Travelling in a group can cause problems though, decisions on where to go next, what you want to do that night or where you want to eat can cause arguments but that’s the last thing you want to do. Be rational, try not to argue and keep the peace.
Travelling as a couple is again amazing, seeing the world with your other half is fantastic and can create so many happy memories for you both.
As long as you’re both on the same page, happy to compromise and enjoy spending a lot of time together, then I would 100% recommend travelling as a couple.
Organised Group Travel
If you want to go on your own, but don’t want to be alone then why don’t you plan to go on a pre-organised travelling trip. These operate all over the world, you simply book your flight, pay for the travel experience and you’ll be met at the airport with 10-20 other solo travellers. This is a great way to meet new friends, and although you are restricted, you will be able to break off for a few days then return to the group at the next destination.