When travelling is it best to go it alone or take a tour? Of course this will depend on your personal choice and what you want from the experience. I have done both over the last decade (or two) and discovered that there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
As I travel more frequently, I find that the more likely I am to go it alone. I like the freedom of being able to choose where, when and how I want to see a new country. When I travel solo it is the perfect opportunity to find out more about yourself and what you are capable of achieving. Besides, there is nothing like a new exciting city to inspire and influence you.
Going it alone may seem like a scary prospect, and yes I was scared the first time I went overseas. But the good news is that when I landed in a new city I discovered that it was not so daunting after all. However, if you are worried that it will just be you alone with your thoughts 24 hours a day, don’t be. There are many other solo travellers out there and you will soon meet new people on the road to share and swap stories with. For some reason people are a lot more sociable when they travel than they are back home.
If you are still unsure if solo travel is right for you that is where the group tour is perfect.
I have put together a list of some advantages and disadvantages of both group and solo adventures as I have discovered during my travels.
- Best if you want an overview of a country or multiple countries
- Everything is organised for you, e.g. transport, accommodation, selected activities
- Only limited time allocated to each attraction/city
- Priority group lane entry to major attractions – reduced waiting time in the line
- Meet new people and share exciting adventures together – friends for life after the tour
- No airport transfer hassles as most good tour companies will include air transfers on your arrival day (and cheaper in some cases)
- Group tours are planned before you leave home so you know how much extra to budget for
- No flexibility if you want to spend longer in one city than the itinerary allows
- Solo travel allows you to set your own pace
- A lot more flexibility to linger longer in one place
- Solo travellers learn to develop leadership skills and resilience as they deal with unexpected changes on the road
- Negotiate in a foreign language
- Can be expensive if you don’t research beforehand
- Make new friends with other solo travellers on the road
- You learn more about yourself and what you are capable of achieving
- Make your own decisions about what to do and where to go and no waiting on late group members
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