The pros and cons of travelling alone. You get all the benefits but you have to worry about all th
1. You can plan your own itinerary.
This is a very big deal when you’re visiting a large city with lots of attractions but have a time crunch due to which you have to scrap a few places. Unless your travel partner has the same taste as you do (very unlikely to happen), you’ll end up squabbling over your itinerary and ultimately reach a compromise which leaves both of you unsatisfied.
2. More freedom
You can really, really explore when you don’t have someone else to keep track of. This is especially true in the small, ancient towns like Florence or Rome where simply going around the labyrinthine network of the city’s back-streets is an amazing experience in itself. This requires a great deal of spontaneity and “go-with-the-flow” attitude to really appreciate, and you get the full sense of “no strings attached” if you really have no one tagging along. Maybe I’m romanticising it just a little, but you will definitely feel the difference.
This can really work both ways, but this favours going solo unless you are part of a group of like-minded people who don’t worry too much about a little austerity in accommodation and who can really walk for long distances without getting tired. Travelling can be really expensive with kids in tow, for example.
You can get more of the local culture if you travel alone. If you don’t have company, you will be more likely to seek out company among the people you meet while travelling, and in turn, others will approach you with less hesitation when they see that you are alone. This is especially true for locals- usually, especially in tourism hotspots like Rome, the locals will be wary of and often unfriendly towards large groups of tourists. If you travel alone, however, they will tend to be friendlier- this has been true as far as my own experience goes.
5. “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”
You can do a lot more fun things with greater abandon if you know that what you do won’t follow you home. The sheer unpredictability itself makes it so much more enjoyable! 🙂
6. Confidence Boosting
Especially for people who have lived a more or less sheltered life, this can be true.
Larger groups are definitely preferable in areas known for violent crime, especially in parts of the US or in South America. While petty criminals like small time pickpockets and frauds are usually not much of a threat if you take some basic precautions, violent crime is more difficult to avert or deal with. This is where numbers come in handy.
In most places, locals and local authorities will go out of their way to help you in case of major emergencies, but it always helps to have someone with you just in case. Especially true if you are visiting a foreign country where you face a language barrier- if you are incapacitated somehow, a companion can always notify the Embassy for you.
As I said, this can work both in favour of and against the idea of travelling alone. A large group can come in handy for splitting expenses if everyone is willing to put up with a little inconvenience (for example, you can rent a single room for 5 people and divide the cost).
Well, as I mentioned earlier, you should try to interact with locals and fellow travelers
, but if you are too shy, or everyone around you is unresponsive, it can be somewhat of a drag.