The article below was originally published on Taking Time to Travel.
Whenever you go traveling, you meet people from all walks of life in all sorts of constellations. People have long debated whether it better to travel solo or with friends. Truthfully, there is not real answer to that question. Everyone has different preferences and priorities and there is not just one best way to travel. However, deciding between travelling in a group or solo is a big decision, with each option having its own pros and cons.
It goes without saying that organizing a trip is a lot easier if you are on your own. One of the beauties of solo travel is that you are free to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Most people who traveled as part of a group or with friends before will tell you that there most certainly will be moments of disagreement. The flexibility of solo travel really makes it easier to organize a trip and go with the flow, as your decisions depend on nobody but yourself.
Safe travel is an absolute priority and can depend on where and how you travel. Generally, there’s safety in numbers and it’s always good to have someone you know and trust that can have your back if things go wrong. This doesn’t mean that traveling solo is dangerous, but it’s always important to be cautious when you’re alone.
Generally speaking, travelling with friends always turns out cheaper than travelling on your own. Whether it’s sharing food, taxis, or accommodation, you can save a great deal by travelling with others. Furthermore, some solo travelers do tend to spend more because they go out and meet new people every day with which they spend money. This depends on a case by case basis though.
Travelling solo can often turn out to be more expensive. Then again, it can also open you up to experiences that can help cut prices, like meeting locals, Couchsurfing and hitchhiking.
The experience is what everything boils down to, and it is mostly subjective. Solo travelers are rarely actually ‘solo’ because travelling offers infinite possibilities for meeting new people. Some people prefer solo travel because it can be more spontaneous and empowering. The flexibility gives you the opportunity to do whatever you want and experience all the adventures the road has to offer.
The same can be said about people who travel with friends though. One of the best things about travelling is sharing the experience with the people you love. Moreover, if you have like-minded and easy going friends, you are free and flexible to do all the things you would do when travelling solo. After all, travelling with another person doesn’t mean you need to do things together all the time.
At the end of the day, the decision whether to travel solo or with a friend is completely up to you. If you have like-minded friends who want to do the same things as you, travelling together can be amazing. If you cannot find anyone to join you on your travels or want to experience travelling solo, do not hesitate to take the leap. Both forms of travelling can be hugely enriching experiences.