The Pros and Cons of Solo Versus Group Travel


Some people love to travel alone and dislike exploring the world with a group of people, while others are the exact opposite – they prefer a group experience to a solo one. No matter which side of the divide you fall on, there are pros and cons to weigh before you plan your next getaway. You may even change your mind and go for the something opposite the ways that you have travelled in the past.

Pros and Cons of Group Travel

Group travel doesn’t necessarily mean a large pre-planned package tour. It could also be a trip that you plan – and go on with – a small group of friends. Traveling with a group gives you safety in numbers. If you have too much to drink at a local pub or fall ill, one of your group members will be able to make sure that you get back to the hotel safely. Also, if you end up in an intimidating situation, the strength of your group should keep all of you protected. Groups also receive discounts on nicer hotels, as they can buy a packaged block of rooms, and you’ll find that entertainment options, like live shows and even museums, will provide the group with a deal as well. You might also make new friends in the group, so you’ll have someone to commiserate with during that airline delay.

However, group travel isn’t perfect. You do have to stay with the group at all times, which means having to do things that you don’t want to. For example, you might want to check out a local museum, while everyone else wants to spend some time at a different place. If you go the large tour group-route, you’ll also have to adhere to a pretty strict schedule. This doesn’t allow for a lot of freedom to roam about. On top of this, you might not get along with everyone in your group, which could lead to some uncomfortable situations.

Pros and Cons of Solo Travel

Traveling solo means just that – you are alone and free to eat and go where you please. You’ll be able to come up with your own itinerary, and if you wake up one morning and change your mind, you can choose to do something else. You’ll also have plenty of chances to make new friends, especially if you are staying at a hostel or utilizing travel message boards. As long as you exercise caution and meet your new online friends in public places, you might end up making some friends for life. Plus, you’ll receive plenty of attention from caring strangers, particularly at your room accommodations, in restaurants, and even in public places. It’s also easier to immerse yourself in local culture if you’re alone.

There are some negatives to traveling by yourself. Although you’ll have plenty of freedom, the loneliness can be intimidating to some. Some people are more adapted to reaching out to strangers, while those with general or social anxiety may be afraid of going it alone. The safety that comes with group travel isn’t present when traveling solo, so you might need to stand up for yourself now and then. It will also be harder to document your travels. After all, your selfies will only show so much of the scenery. If you want a real picture of yourself standing somewhere awesome, you’ll have to rely on the kindness of strangers.

The pros and cons of traveling in groups or alone must be considered before you choose your next travel destination! Don’t let them scare you, however, as both are acceptable forms of vacationing.

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Caroline Glassell, owner of Travel Barista, is a world-wide traveler, freelance travel writer, and multi-lingual mom of two daughters. Growing up in both Sweden and Portugal she developed a passion for travel at a young age. Her love of travel ultimately brought her to over thirty 

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