Ask a few people what their interests are and a large proportion will put travel at the top of their list.
Many people only consider travelling with other people and wouldn’t dream of travelling alone.
But for others, travelling alone is a source of pride and pleasure.
Here are some of the pros and cons of travelling alone.
Pro – choosing all the details of your trip
There is no better feeling than being able to perfectly construct the holiday of your dreams.
When you travel alone, you can do everything you want to do and avoid everything you don’t like.
This is especially useful when you have limited time and money.
A holiday with friends can mean a lot of compromise and spending time and money on things you’re not interested in.
Travel alone and enjoy the ultimate, self-centred time of exploration and adventure.
Against – safety risks
When the subject of travelling alone comes up, the first thing that often comes to a person’s mind is the issue of safety.
Travelling in pairs means that you have someone to help you out of trouble, someone to witness any misbehaviour by others and to protect you from any nasty individuals who prey on single travellers.
It’s something that most solo travellers weigh up carefully.
Pro – being forced to meet new people on the road
Travelling with friends means you always have people to talk to.
Travelling alone means that if you want to talk, you have to make friends.
Sometimes travelling alone can be the ideal situation to force you out of your comfort zone and bring some spice into your life.
Cheating – no one can bounce ideas
Travelling requires a lot of planning and thought.
Travelling alone means that you are the only person who is committed enough to travel and willing to spend a lot of time planning.
Having a travel buddy when you’re on the road means you can discuss any big decisions before you take any action.
Pro – a complete break from everyday life
Travelling alone means you’ll have the opportunity to take a complete break from the daily drama that comes with everyday life.
When you bring a friend along, it’s impossible to leave it completely behind.
If your friends bring up topics you want to avoid or insist on constantly updating everyone’s social media posts, their company can get old fast.
Against – no cost sharing
Group travel can be cost effective when it comes to things like hotel rooms.
When you travel alone, some situations mean you pay almost twice as much as you would if you were travelling with a fellow traveller.
Take this extra financial cost into account when deciding whether to travel alone or with others.
Being close – getting to know yourself better
When we are with people with whom we get along well, we often fall into our usual ways of interacting.
Travelling alone forces you to get to know yourself.
Instead of asking your friends what they want to do next, you will be forced to think about what you really want to do.
You’ll find out what you want to try and what you love enough to do twice.
Travelling alone has many benefits, but there are also some drawbacks.
Whether you are travelling alone or in a group, you will know what to expect.