Travelling alone vs. travelling in a group

Travelling alone vs. travelling in a group

Posted by Kat Ashton on Feb 19, 2018 12:11:55 PM

Travelling can be a life-changing experience, or at the least an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Your semester abroad is a great time to see new places as you’ll likely have more free time on your hands and have more opportunities to explore than you’re probably used to. One of the hardest things, however, can be deciding who you choose to spend those experiences with, which can often have a big impact on the trips themselves.

 

While travelling in a group or with another person has its benefits, many people put off going to places altogether just because they don’t have someone to go with. Although it’s an entirely personal choice, travelling alone can be just as much fun as travelling with other people, and you may just have a better experience because of it.

 

Either way, we’ve rounded up the pros and cons of both to help you make up your mind:

 

Group travel

 

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Some of the best experiences are definitely the ones shared; after all you’ll have someone to reminisce with in the future. Not to mention the old adage that there’s safety in numbers and getting lost in a strange place doesn’t feel half as stressful when you’re with someone who has better google map reading skills than you do…

 

The main thing to remember when travelling with a group - or even just travelling with one more person - is to compromise. Even if you think you’re all like-minded, there will be certain things that some people would prefer to do over others which may cause conflict, but bear in mind you probably won’t be able to fit everything in anyway.

 

People who travel in groups also tend to stick together more, which can be a good thing but it also means you’re less likely to meet new people so don’t forget to strike up a conversation with some locals every once in a while...

 

Going solo

 

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While travelling alone requires a bit more courage, the benefits if you choose to take the plunge. For one thing you get to make all the decisions yourself; from which accommodation you stay in right down to where you eat.

 

You’ll also get the chance to fully immerse yourself in a new culture and make the effort to meet new people, things you can forget to do when you’re in a group. You may also realise you’re more daring or adventurous than you thought you were along the way, which could come in handy later when you’re facing new challenges.

 

Travelling alone can be more pricey however, especially if you don’t want to stay in hostels and depending on what activities you choose to do. Above all, always remember to stay safe when you’re on your own. The world’s less scary than it’s sometimes made out to be, but that doesn't mean you should step too far out of your comfort zone if you don’t want to.

 

Are you about to embark on the trip of a lifetime? Study Abroad Apartments offers some great options for students planning to study abroad. Just get in touch with us if you need any help finding somewhere to stay and we’ll make sure you have one of the best options out there!

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