I have been asked multiple times whether I love travelling alone or prefer travelling with a group. In my opinion, solo travel or in a group both are equally good and has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Solo travellers at some point or other must-have faced these questions.
Don’t you feel lonely when you travel solo?
How can anyone enjoy travelling alone?
Don’t you get bored?
The reason people have such an impression about solo travel is that they never attempted hitting the roads without a company.
Unless we get into something it may appear mysterious from a distance. But once we get a feel of it, we want more and more. Similar is the case with travelling alone.
Here is my take on travelling solo versus travelling with a group.
Disclaimer: Opinion differs and I respect others.
Travelling in Groups
Being in a group is anytime fun, there is no doubt about that. I mean, who wants to miss the antics and pranks of our best mates. I have always enjoyed the trips and treks I have been with my buddies.
Travelling with friends and family not only increases the bonding but also brings a sense of responsibility and unmatched companionship.
The most welcoming part of travelling with groups is the creation of stories by being a witness of the same events.
This goes a long way and when we all sit together and recall the stories, the laughter and smile on our faces is what sums up everything.
When it comes to cost it reduces by half when we have a partner. However, this largely depends on how adjusting and frugal you are.
When I am tight on a budget I ask my friends to join me as pillion. This brings the fuel, hotel stays expense to half.
Also from the safety perspective, we feel more secure in groups especially during camping or wandering in remote areas.
Travelling Solo comes with time
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It’s a fact that the interaction with locals and the serenity around becomes limited when we travel with friends.
Even if everybody shares the same interest, still, we cannot keep away from the group all the time. We have to follow the shared schedule.
While travelling alone, we are no more restricted or limited to 4-5 people. And we are not alone either. The limit is now limitless.
All the time and all the decision is ours. We can now stand and stare at a place as long as we want.
We need not wait for a smoker friend to finish his puff, similarly not make others wait when we want to need some more time to admire the beauty of the place.
Our focus now shifts from friends to the location and people. We now experience the place, feel the atmosphere.
Our eyes start noticing something which we might have missed with groups. And this is what keeps us engaged.
The gentle movement of the river, the ripples on the lake surface, the slow-moving crowd, the fresh air, the old woman with wrinkled face sitting outside his house, ultimately this is what we were looking for isn’t it?
In the closing lines, I would say, there is nothing wrong with travelling in groups and absolutely nothing wrong with travelling alone. It all depends on the purpose we are out for 🙂
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