Individuals who have never traveled alone might consider the prospect quite terrifying. Others may jump at the chance to explore the world on their own. The truth is that traveling alone has plenty of pros and some cons. It really depends on the type of person who embarks on the adventure and what he or she hopes to accomplish on the trip.
The prospective solo traveler benefit from considering all possibilities associated with traveling alone. What are the perks of traveling solo; what are the disadvantages; is traveling in a group better for some types of journeys?
Here is a look at what to consider when planning a trip – either in a group or alone.
Freedom and Flexibility
One of the best parts of traveling alone is that there is no one else to worry about. You can see what you want, when you want it. The freedom and flexibility of traveling alone makes everything so simple. There is no need to discuss the itinerary with anyone else or to get a consensus on what everyone wants to do; the independence can be liberating for many.
However, too much freedom and flexibility is not for everyone. Traveling in a group does great things for motivation, travel plans are rarely thrown by the wayside and the entire group shares experiences. Sometimes, it is just more fun to share experiences with friends or loved ones. Seeing a situation, attraction or culture from someone else’s perspective can be enlightening and make for wonderful memories.
Meeting New People
Often, the appeal of traveling to new places is not only to see new things, but also to meet new people and have exciting memories. On a solo trip, it can actually be easier to meet new people than when traveling in a group. Think about it, when there is a group, people are less likely to approach anyone in that group, as they are likely to seem preoccupied. When you are on your own, the chances of someone striking up a conversation are much higher.
Traveling alone may not be the first option for the faint of heart or shy. Anyone who is uncomfortable talking to new people or experiencing new situations on their own might not want to travel alone. It really comes down to the personality of the individual traveler. People who enjoy the comfort and contact of familiar faces may prefer to travel in groups.
Finances and Safety
Two important issues for any sort of travel are finance and safety. Carefully consider both when traveling alone. While travelers can tend to spend more money on food and entertainment when they travel with friends, that cost may be cancelled out when you split the cost of the hotel, rent a car or share other travel expenses. Remember, when vacationing solo, the bill is also all down to the individual, so if on a budget, sharing the costs with another can be the better bet.
In addition to the financial perks of traveling with other people, there are safety issues to consider. The old saying goes, “there is safety in numbers.” Traveling in a group is more practical when it comes to personal security. However, solo travel can be just as safe, as long as you are vigilant and cautious of which areas to avoid and where it’s safe to do what you came for – experiencing new memorable moments.