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What Are The Advantages Of Travelling Alone?

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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 10y

It's been said that it is better to travel alone, rather than with a bad companion. What do you consider to be the pro's and con's of either scenario?

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2634 posts) 10y

Pros -
- You set the schedule
- You never have to worry about pleasing someone else
- You can be as selfish as you want in picking what to do and when to do it
- You are more inclined to meet new people on the road, because you don't have your own built in companionship (met lots of people on buses that I probably wouldn't have if I was travelling with someone and the seat beside me was filled)

Cons -
- You can get lonely
- You may miss something that you truly might have liked because you didn't think it would be fun
- You have to pay a singles supplement at certain hotels because you aren't a "double."

I have been on both ends of this. I missed going to see Arenal in Costa Rica because my companions didn't want to and really wish I had gone. But the flip side of that is a few days later, I had an excellent day lounging on a deserted beach and snorkelling on a private trip arranged by one of my companions, which I NEVER would have arranged myself.

3. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 10y

Traveling alone is a great way to go. I converse more, have more direct interaction with local people at my destination. My schedule is my own and not adjusted to accommodate someone else's plan.

Last June, when hiking round The Chimborazo Volcano in Ecuador. I was surprised that the beauty of the place actually brought tears to my eyes. I doubt if this would have happened if I'd been with someone. We'd have been talking about the gorgeous scenery but I wouldn't have been in the meditative state that I found myself in. ;)

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7274 posts) 10y

I've only travelled alone a few times, but the pros for me were:

  • you make your own schedule and are free to change your mind (and not suffer the consequences!)
  • you're obliged to "debrouille", as they say in Quebec. Which kind of means it's up to you to figure out your own way around.
  • it's a lot easier to meet new people. In fact, everywhere I went people came up to talk to me, or I'd find myself starting great conversations with complete strangers. I'd never do that at home!
  • you get to see things at your own pace. (Which, for me, is everything possible until I can hardly walk.)
  • you learn a lot about yourself. You test your limits and realize you're much stronger, wiser, confident, interesting, etc. etc. than you ever thought you were.
  • you come away without regrets. No saying "oh, if it weren't for xx, I'd have seen...". I've done that before with people I was with.

What I miss, though, is having someone to reminisce with once I get home. Any conversation I start with "When I was in Paris" gets met with half-hidden rolled eyes...

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 10y

On your own, you are likely to do more varied things ... possibly because you don't think of all the possible risks and consequences.

6. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 327 posts) 10y

Agreed. Travelling alone, makes you interact more. I must say I have more friends around the world, than I do at home. Not mention u work at your pace. So u can sleep in...if thats your thing.

M.

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 10y

http://www.thirdage.com/travel/vacations/solotravel/tips/

8. Posted by hyypiaem (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

been reading through this topic and must say has given me some confidence-im travelling on my own laster this year and am a little scared but hey thanks guys :-) xx

9. Posted by eve3981 (Full Member 34 posts) 9y

Pros: Total freedom to do what you want when you want. You do not have to consider 'the other person' when making your plans. I can forget my partner, dogs, children and business (not necessiarly in that order!).
Despite suffering vertigo, I climbed the tallest of the pyramids at Tikal. It was a thrilling experience and something I would never of attempted if I had been travelling with family.
Sometimes you feel lonley, those you love most are not there to share 'special moments' or to see the amazing feats of bravado that you achieve. There is no one to keep an eye on your stuff when you go to the loo or go swimming.
If unsure about travelling totally on your own you can join an exploreworldwide tour (there are several similar companies out there). Explore do not charge single supplements (sometimes you have to share). It is a good way to make new friends and see some out of the way places. You also gain the advantage of doing some group trips that are not affordable for individuals. The drawback is you are tied to their schedule and 'an extra day' somewhere is not an option. They offer tour only trips which enables you to have a few days on your own at the beginning or end of the tour.
at the beginning or end of the trip. Find your own flights

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4124 posts) 9y

If you meet some hot chick from Timbucktoo, there's no girlfriend getting in the way!