There’s no drama.
With everyone having their own likes and dislikes, even the closest of friends have differing ideas of entertainment. This being said, when travelling with a friend or loved one, problems can arise.
Your travel partner probably won’t want to do everything you want to do and vice versa, just the same way that you may not want to stay at the same hotel that they want to stay at.
Trying to find your way around and keep yourselves busy when you’re sleep deprived and grouchy can quickly form divides in relationships.
It saves you money.
Traveling is an expensive hobby. Travelers pay a heavy price for enjoying the sights and sounds of other places – especially when they travel in groups.
In fact, even with one other person, costs are doubled. This doesn’t seem like much but when airline tickets alone can cost upwards of $400, even doubling the expense can be painful.
In addition, in groups you’re more likely to spend money unnecessarily.
By yourself, you won’t be pressured to have another drink, order dessert, or take a cab when you could have just as easily walked. Oh, and that mildly scary souvenir you were coaxed into buying? You wouldn’t have bought it had you been alone.
You can spend your time doing whatever you want.
When travelling alone, your time is your own. You can spend the day doing whatever your heart desires. Want to spend the day reading in a quaint cafe? Go for it.
Want to go rock climbing? No one’s stopping you. There’s nothing and no one to prevent you from spending your days how you choose. You can spend as much or as little time in any one place as you desire.
You’ll meet more people.
When you travel in a group or with a friend, you’re most likely going to spend most of the trip chatting with the person who came with you.
You may have a short conversation with a waitress or tour guide, but otherwise, chances are that you won’t interact with many other people.
When traveling by yourself, in order to get human interaction you’ll have to speak up and talk to the locals. You’ll be forced to reach out to others and, in turn, you may make some long lasting friends.
You can connect with yourself.
Often times, those who go traveling learn something new about themselves. This happens because when we’re abroad, we tend to try new things. In doing so, we learn about our likes and dislikes.
Sometimes, depending on the situations we’re put in, we also learn about our morals and values.