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Solo Travel Versus Group Travel; The Definitive List of Pros and Cons

Sometimes it's difficult to choose between taking a holiday with your best friends and flying solo. In my own experience, I've mostly traveled with other people and have had a blast every time. Although there are many advantages to going it alone, you might feel that a particular location will require some companions to enjoy it to the fullest. Check out this definitive list of solo travel versus group travel pros and cons before planning your next big trip!

SOLO TRAVEL

Pros:

1. Complete freedom to do whatever you want, when you want to do it.

2. Lots of time for reflection on your life.

3. You'll develop the kind of confidence that only comes from figuring it all out on your own.

4. Your itinerary reflects exactly what you want to do and can be changed without consulting anyone else.

5. You are available to meet new people.

6. There are more opportunities for spontaneous adventures.

7. You never have to worry about making sure everyone else is happy or comfortable.

8.You can spend (or not spend!) as much money as you like without feeling pressured either way.

9. You become even more self-reliant and capable of handling difficult situations, should you find yourself in one.

10. You learn how to prepare, plan, and execute an international adventure all by yourself!

11. The emphasis is on having fun but also learning more about who you are.

12. You don't have to wait around for other people to save up money or take vacations from work.

Cons:

1. If something goes wrong, you have to figure it out by yourself with little or no help from strangers.

2. Solo travel can be lonely at times.

3. Going out to foreign clubs alone is just not as fun.

4. There's no one around to readily help you figure out a map or set of directions.

5. If you forget an important item somewhere you won't have anyone there to help get a new one or borrow one of theirs.

6. Lots of awkward moments handing your camera off to strangers or worse, not having any pictures with you in them after the trip (because nobody wants to look at 1,000 landscape pictures, not even you).

7. Not having anyone there to share in the special moments of the trip with you.

GROUP TRAVEL

Pros:

1. There is most likely one completely organized person among your friends who will volunteer to do all of the planning. If you are usually that person (I know I am) please skip to #2.

2. Lots of friends to hang out with!

3. If something bad happens you can all work together to solve it.

4. Getting lost isn't as easy with three other pairs of eyes and ears.

5. Going out to pubs and dance halls is loads more fun.

6. You're surrounded by people you care about who will share in all of the wacky and special moments.

7. You have help every step of the way which takes the pressure of you to figure it all out.

8. You're more likely to try new things you wouldn't have thought of by yourself!

9. The buddy system ensures a little more safety.

10. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying the journey.

Cons:

1. There may come a time when no one is on the same page and you argue over what to do for your last day in this destination.

2. You might have to compromise your own interests or restaurant preferences to accommodate a fellow traveler.

3. You might be pressured into doing activities that you either can't afford or are not interested in because you don't want to feel left out.

4. You might have to miss out on an activity you've been wanting to do because the other group members may not want to.

5. If you don't go in with a plan, you might waste a day or two wandering around while everyone tries to figure out what the group wants to do.

6. You miss out on time to reflect or grow from the experiences as they happen to you.

7. You sacrifice the flexibility that can only come from solo travel.

Which type of travel do you prefer? Comment below with your thoughts!



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Hi, my name is Maria and I'm an actor who lusts to wander. As a young 20-something, my vision is to unite my passions for theater, writing, and travel to inspire others to have more adventures. Follow me for some passionate, funny, creative, and often feminist advice and commentary on all things related to US and international travel. If you like taking big risks and enjoying mixed drinks in foreign landscapes, we'll get along just fine.



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