Travelling Solo

Travelling Solo


When going travelling, one of the first things you might need to decide is if you are going alone or with other people. If you are unable to decide if travelling solo is for you, here are a few of the advantages and disadvantages to setting out on an adventure unaccompanied.

Advantages

Travelling alone gives you the ultimate freedom to do exactly as you like whenever you feel like it. You are answering to no one, so all choices are yours to make. This includes where and what to eat, sleep and do, and how much to spend whilst you’re at it. If you want to have a lie in or stay out all night, who’s to say you shouldn’t? By setting off by yourself you are avoiding the drama that might occur when there is a clash of opinions, which can be a stressful part of travelling with other people.

Travelling Solo

You will also experience things entirely through your own lens and perspective. Travelling with someone else means that, for better or for worse, you will take on some of their opinions – if they’re having a crappy day or if they’re manically happy, this might have an effect on how you view your own experience of a situation. If you’re on your own, then you can interpret your surroundings in a way that is entirely authentic to you alone.

On your own, you will get braver and more self-reliant as there is no one else to depend on. Talking to strangers will get easier with practice, and solo travellers are more approachable to others, so you may find that you meet more people if you travel alone. You will come back a more secure but sociable person.

Lastly, let’s face it; travelling alone is ultimately much cooler and respect-worthy.

Disadvantages

The first, and biggest, concern most people usually have about travelling alone is about safety. This is understandable, as you are less likely to get lost or hassled if there is a group of you together. However, there is also a small advantage in that you will be less noticeable as a solo traveller and less of a target than a large group or naïve tourists.

Another disadvantage is that some things may be more expensive if you do them alone, as you can’t automatically split the cost of things like cabs or take advantage of group deals. You will also need to do all planning and preparation logistics alone, which can be time-consuming and a bit tedious if there is no-one to share tasks with.

If you go with friends you will always have someone to talk to and go out with, and so avoid loneliness. Having another person can also provide you with comfort if you become unwell or homesick. Friendships or relationships can be cemented for life by successful travel together. You will also always have someone to relive the best moments with once you are back home.

Lastly, one big disadvantage of travelling alone is that you may be compelled to buy a selfie stick, which officially would make you annoying (sorry).

Date posted: 12th June, 2015

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