Traveling is a wonderful experience, full of excitement and wonder. It is a marvelous way to expand your mind and heart. But, you may be wondering: should I travel alone or in a group?
The Advantages of Group Travel
Group travel offers less stress, more experiences, and the opportunity to make lots of traveling friends.
The tour organizers take care of the logistics and plan experiences that you wouldn't be able to have on your own. This is especially helpful if you've never been to the country before.
You also have a group of like-minded people to share experiences and outlooks with. You can disagree all you like with them and not worry about running into them later! Or, you can make a new best friend for life.
Journalist and UN Translator Katie Scott Aiton points out that a group maximizes your time abroad. The group organizes a full itinerary that might not be possible if you went alone. This local knowledge and experience allows you to use your time spent abroad to the fullest.
The Advantages of Solo Travel
Solo travel offers more control, awareness, and freedom.
Travelling alone, though, is all about you. David Wolfe, an adventurer, recommends travelling alone at least once because you'll have complete control over what you do. You can take the day and go walking in the city's park, shop at quaint local stores, or jump on a tram with the locals, all by yourself. However, most group travel programs will set free time aside for you to do these things as well.
Sarah Schmalbruch of Business Insider shares that you will also be more aware of your spending. It is very easy to just give the group a lump sum and not think any more about it. With solo travel, you hand over money multiple times and can keep better track of it. You can also spend it on exactly what you want instead of group experiences tailored to most people.
Your experiences will mean so much to you, as you are the only one who has had them! No one else will have the same trip. It will be a unique experience, one you can share with whomever you want. Or you can treasure it just for you.
Solo Travel vs Group Travel: Which One Is For Me?
There are many benefits of group travel and of solo travel. Any answer to the question "Which one?" is not simply a 'one size fits all'. You have to take into account who you are, your personal interests, and what you are most comfortable with. These change for each person.
You also have to evaluate what risks you are willing to take. Are you willing to take more? Independent travel might be a better fit. Do you stress out over all the little details and lose sleep over most risky situations? Traveling with a group will lessen those butterflies.
Eventually, you and you alone will have to make this important decision. No matter how you do it, traveling anywhere, under any circumstances, is always a rewarding, life-changing event not to be missed.
If you would like to learn more about group travel, check out the Wanderboss travel program.