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1. Posted by JMJimmy (Inactive 30 posts) 11y

Anyone want to share experiences or pros/cons?

I'm planning Oz in Aug and trying to figure out which one to go for.

JMJimmy

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

it's difficult to organise your friends for a particular trip. When travelling usually it's not a problem to find a companion wherever you go - even for a short time (sharing accomodation will lower your expenses). Travelling alone might be sometimes dangerous in an off the tourist areas places.

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Travelling alone, you can go where-ever you want to go and whenever you want to go, and you are more or less guaranteed to meet people heading the same direction so you have that total independence, but also the company of others - not sure what i've written there but i think it makes sense

4. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I have travelled on my own in many occasions, and I like it that way because you are free to make you own decision all the time. With many friends I'm afraid you'll have to accomodate everyone, and sometimes one happen to disagree with the rest... but in that case, on another hand, you can always separate for a few days if necessary, and rejoin later...

I've realized though, that I've got the chance to meet other travellers, or locals, just in the occasions when I was travelling either alone or with one travel companion, but in the case of many friends, we were having lots of fun between us, but not really exchanging remarks with others....

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Alone:

  • freedom to come and go when and where you want, as you please
  • no compromises to make
  • obligated/have the opportunity to come out of your shell
  • meeting new people (it's inevitable!)
  • becoming immersed in the culture of wherever you're visiting
  • the pride that comes from fending for yourself
  • knowing you did it on your own (and will talk about it forever!)

With someone:

  • the opportunity to share experiences with someone
  • the abilty to share in them when you get home
  • going places you may have missed because the other "dragged" you and you ended up loving it
  • possibly, a feeling of additional "safety" (although I personally felt safe on my own)

I guess you have to pick which one suits you best! There are pros and cons to both.

6. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I just wanted to add one point. When you come back from travelling it is better to be able to share them with the person you were travelling with because your friends/family will get sick of your travel stories in a while.

7. Posted by JMJimmy (Inactive 30 posts) 11y

Quoting angela_

... your friends/family will get sick of your travel stories in a while.

LOL

All good points, I think I'm leaning towards alone for sure for the freedom and I can always try to hook up with someone on the way if needed. I guess I just worry - I tend to get very quiet and reserved when I'm nervous - I'll just have to "come out of my shell" eh tway? (no rhyme intended)

JMJ

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I'm the same - I tend to get quieter the more people there are and the more nervous I am. Although I find that completely disappears once I travel. It's like magic!

9. Posted by Isom (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I am of the shy kind and have difficulties hooking up with people. I really want to travel though. It is tough to decide to go alone. I am terrified of it becoming a flop.

10. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Isom-i see it that if you are alone, anything that comes up-you will have to deal with, once you get into the swing of things i bet there'll be no stopping you!

Just think your not going to see people you know-so who cares if you make a fool of yourself!