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1. Posted by fortnite4ever (Budding Member 4 posts) 2d Star this if you like it!

Ive decided I'm going to do some travelling over the summer around Europe between semesters end of may till mid august. Never done any kind of exploring so to speak I was wondering does anyone have any advice as to if its more fun to travel alone or to have someone along for the ride too?

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 842 posts) 2d Star this if you like it!

Quoting fortnite4ever

I was wondering ...if its more fun to travel alone or to have someone along for the ride too?

The best of both worlds is....best.

Start your travels alone and meet up with others either in transit, at your accommodation or while visiting attractions - I think this is easy to do depending on how outgoing you are. There are loads of travelers looking to meet others while on the road through relevant FB groups, online forums or just in person.

Or...

If the thoughts of your first few months of solo exploring seem daunting and you aren't certain about it, try to find a friend who also wants to travel and feels the same way as you. Start off your trip with that friend and get a feel for things together; temporarily part ways with each other after a few weeks as you both travel solo. Meet up later on the road and compare notes. Repeat this strategy often if it works or, if you both miss the company of each other, continue to travel together at all times.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2175 posts) 2d Star this if you like it!

I think two people together often means people don't talk to you. Whereas if you're a person on your own, people are more likely to interact with you around the hostel and strike up friendships.

I've found group tours, bus trips, to be great for making friends when travelling. You become a clan, sharing experiences and looking after each other against touts etc, and I've sometimes continued travelling with people after the tour.

I'm not sure how confident I would be making plans for this May - August because of the Covid pandemic.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2835 posts) 2d Star this if you like it!

Do you NEED someone with you to share the cost? Or, do you have sufficient funds to pay your own way?

Where are you starting from? If you fill out your profile we will have more info to go by. You could be in India looking for trip in Europe or in England and have a shorter flight somewhere or even using a bus to France.

I have been on shared tours that I had a good time on and plugged along by myself. Either way was good for me.

Come on back with more info.

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1708 posts) 1d 1 Star this if you like it!

Both are great fun, but only if your travel companion is compatible. If you are both fairly flexible and enjoy the same things, traveling with someone is excellent. However, as Andy mentioned above, people are more likely to start a conversation if you are alone.

Traveling alone is nice because you can do exactly what you want to do. There are advantages and disadvantages in both styles but a variety of experiences is nearly always good so give both a try. If you haven't traveled much, you may want to start with a seasoned traveler and then go alone when you have more confidence. If you've traveled quite a bit, either style should suit you.

You need to be aware of COVID-19 restrictions on travel. We don't know when or where they will end so keep your plans very flexible until things are more settled.

Enjoy.

6. Posted by fortnite4ever (Budding Member 4 posts) 1d Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Do you NEED someone with you to share the cost? Or, do you have sufficient funds to pay your own way?

Where are you starting from? If you fill out your profile we will have more info to go by. You could be in India looking for trip in Europe or in England and have a shorter flight somewhere or even using a bus to France.

I have been on shared tours that I had a good time on and plugged along by myself. Either way was good for me.

Come on back with more info.

im from England got a flight to Poland booked 27th May so I’m starting off in Warsaw I have enough funds to pay my own way got a couple grand in the bank so I guess just figure it out I want to go to Ukraine Lviv & Kyiv

7. Posted by fortnite4ever (Budding Member 4 posts) 1d Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Both are great fun, but only if your travel companion is compatible. If you are both fairly flexible and enjoy the same things, traveling with someone is excellent. However, as Andy mentioned above, people are more likely to start a conversation if you are alone.

Traveling alone is nice because you can do exactly what you want to do. There are advantages and disadvantages in both styles but a variety of experiences is nearly always good so give both a try. If you haven't traveled much, you may want to start with a seasoned traveler and then go alone when you have more confidence. If you've traveled quite a bit, either style should suit you.

You need to be aware of COVID-19 restrictions on travel. We don't know when or where they will end so keep your plans very flexible until things are more settled.

Enjoy.

yeah I am totally flexible in terms of where I can go because all I have is a starting place in Warsaw staying there for 5 night and then who knows.....

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2835 posts) 1d Star this if you like it!

".....from England got a flight to Poland booked 27th May.."

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Good luck. I hope this virus crap settles doesn't interfere with your trip.

  • One thing that works for any country you visit - always learn how to say "hello" and "thank you" in that country's language!

9. Posted by fortnite4ever (Budding Member 4 posts) 1d Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

".....from England got a flight to Poland booked 27th May.."
Good luck. I hope this virus crap settles doesn't interfere with your trip.

  • One thing that works for any country you visit - always learn how to say "hello" and "thank you" in that country's language!

Fingers crossed restrictions will be relaxed I’m hoping in 5 months there will be some improvement

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1708 posts) 1d Star this if you like it!

Quoting fortnite4ever

Fingers crossed restrictions will be relaxed I’m hoping in 5 months there will be some improvement

We are all hoping the same thing! Good luck.