So you have made the decision to head off travelling…YAY!!!
A question that springs to mind once that decision has been made, is who to travel with?
Solo, with a partner or with friends? Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!!!. Its by no means a life changing choice but it is one that is important to many as the experience of solo travel is very different to travels with your bestest buddies.
Having experienced all three myself, I have put together a little list of pros and cons of all three.
This is the type of travel that most first timers find daunting. However a lot of people don’t have the choice to travel with friends or a partner so solo travel might often be the only option. Having done a few solo trips myself, rest assured you are never actually alone, unless you want to be of course. There is always other solo travellers out there so you will never be the only one. Hostels are a sure place to make tonnes of friends and even find yourself a potential travel buddy.
Pros to solo travel-
: You can do what you want, when you want. Yes you can be as selfish as you like.
:People tend to approach you more when you are by yourself and help you out in any way they can.
:You get to know yourself very quickly and it takes you out of your comfort zone.
Cons of solo travels-
:Its can be costly to travel alone, no one to share transport and room costs with.
:I have never experienced any, thankfully, but yes there are safety concerns of being alone anywhere in the world.
:No one else to share the travel load with, whether that’s planning a travel route or minding your bags while you nip to the loo.
TRAVEL WITH A PARTNER!!!
Traveling with a partner or loved one is really rewarding, you share memories together that will last a lifetime. It is comforting to travel with a partner, always that sense of security, almost like being at home. This is your perfect chance to go to all the romantic destinations and moments like those are better shared.
Pros of travels with a partner-
:They are always there to support and love you and you make the decisions together.
:Never a dull moment in a travelling relationship as you are always trying and experiencing new things.
::Travelling together brings you closer, you bond way more than you would at home. They will see you at your best and worst moments.
Cons of travels with a partner-
: People tend to think that couples just want to spend time together so they are reluctant to come get to know you.
:You always have to think of the other persons wants and needs. You are less independent.
:It can sometimes be hard to be seen as a individual, you are always looked at, as the couple.
TRAVEL WITH FRIENDS-
Travelling with friends also gives you bundles of security much like with a partner, these are the people that know you inside out so you can always be yourself and they have always got your back. They share the same passions and interests as you so when deciding what activities to do, there ideas should be on par.
pros of travel with friends-
:Its super fun to go on trips with your friends. The most craic can be had when travelling with friends because they “get you”.
:Always have a drinking and dance floor buddy. This is very important!!!
:They share the highs and lows with you and you will have stories to tell forever.
cons of travels with friends-
:You don’t tend to make as much of an effort with other people because you already have your posse with you.
:Sometimes they will drive you mad, they say you think you know someone till you live with them. I believe the same is true for travelling with them.
If I was asked which type of travel I prefer, I would probably lean more towards travelling with friends and/or a partner. However I do enjoy my own company and planning my own adventures, travelling solo is a really liberating experience. I have always said the man I marry will have to be a traveller at heart(it just wouldn’t work otherwise), because being able to share travel experience’s with someone is amazing . And lastly travelling with friends is always fun and keeps your spirits high when on the road.
If you ever have the chance or opportunity why not try out all three? See whether solo travel, travels with a partner or travels with friends suits you best.