Go on a solo trip VS with travel buddies
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You weigh the pros and cons.
But nothing you can, you just can't decide!
Between your different frenetic daily lives, it's been a long time since you've had time to get together.
A solo vacation would therefore be the ideal opportunity to please you and only you.
Especially because this is your only week of rest, and you will have to make a decision.
We are going to discuss together the different stages of a trip in order to underline the advantages and disadvantages of going alone or with travel buddies... So we can elect the big winner of this duel!
I let you guess what my bias is through your reading.
<h2>Round 1: getting organized when you go on a solo trip VS with travel buddies</h2>
Choosing your destination, reading a few guides, planning your budget; these are all important steps in planning your time on the spot.
I always thought that the organization is almost as exciting as the trip itself.
We dream, we project ourselves on the spot and we already imagine the adventures that await us.
- The choice of the destination
You can say goodbye to your dream of going to Morocco and crossing the desert.
We already make so many compromises in our daily life, why make them for our vacations?
If you travel alone, the destination only depends on your dreams.
So, when will you see Morocco?
- The (very sensitive) question of budget
Besides, if you don't agree on what a "girls only" moment is, you might be quickly disappointed by the activites.
Want to treat yourself to that great, overpriced restaurant? Or on the contrary, you just want to eat a sandwich so you don't blow your budget?
It's up to you to decide.
- The management of the program
Indeed, everyone has their say, their suggestions, their desires. With "Personally, I'd like to do..." and "Oh no, I don't want to see that!", group conversations quickly become a headache, and you start dispersing.
Who is in charge of reserving bus seats, who checks the train schedule and who inquires about the different activities?
I remember going to Milan with some travel buddies. Under the pretext that I am studying tourism management and that I have already lived in Italy the role of the organizer was (graciously) assigned to me; but between the disagreements, personal preferences and tastes of each one...
The preparation was particularly tiring, while it was also supposed to be my vacation, my break.
You can easily plan your road trip.
You will finally be able to go to Morocco! Spend within your budget! And, miraculously... Your phone didn't vibrate once while you daydream.
<h2>Round 2: and on the spot?</h2>
It would be a shame if a dark shadow came to spoil this pleasure that you were so longing for.
Let's take a closer look at what can happen on the spot, whether you travel with friends or alone.
On the other hand, going with travel buddies when you are not very close can sometimes create some unexpected events… You don't know everything about a person you only meet on a few rare occasions.
I went to Cassis (by the way, it's a great place to travel cheaply in France) with Stéphanie, a good friend I met regularly at college.
I didn't know until then that she was hiding a terrible secret... Stéphanie snores like a tractor.
And I can assure you that five nights, in the same bed, quickly become reeeaaally heavy.
How good it is to live with yourself.
- Exploring your environment
Nevertheless, keep in mind that by dint of observing too much of what surrounds us, we forget to live it.
That's where I really learned about this country, about its culture, its values…
And what better way to do this than to choose a couchsurfing platform that suits what you're looking for?
Homesharing is an excellent way to discover the daily life of a local inhabitant.
- Making beautiful encounters
In fact, when I travel with friends, I tend to take advantage of their presence to exchange and discuss with them. Our bonds are generally reinforced.
But meeting other people is much more difficult, because I stay within my close circle without opening myself to the others.
I was going to tell you an anecdote about Italy again, but I think you're tired of hearing me ramble, so let's go to Germany instead.
I had the opportunity to travel with friends in Berlin. It was a great trip, but it's true that we stayed between ourselves. A year later, I went alone to Munich, and I met a young Finnish girl there. I became friends with her very quickly: she has been one of my best friends for two years now.
So why not welcoming a female solo travellers ? This way you can also meet inspiring people while staying home.
- Time management with others
As we all know: the more, the merrier...
But this friend who joined you doesn't get along with you, and vice versa.
It's normal: you can't be friends with everyone.
On the other hand, you're going to share the same roads, the same visits and the same accommodations for such a long time.
So you find yourself stuck with someone you don't like.
<h2>Round 3: coming home</h2>
The most wonderful thing about traveling is what you retain once you return to your everyday life.
- What travel brings us
Going with travel buddies will bring you lots of nice and funny memories.
You'll be laughing a lot when you get back!
Indeed, a solo trip will teach you a lot about yourself, about your potential, about what you are capable of: an inspiration that often leaves others amazed at the strength you will have gained.
In fact, I would tend to say that a trip with friends will entertain you, while a solo trip will make you grow.
- What you will have learned on the spot
Without having discovered your destination, which is more like a tourist vacation.
- The power of memories
Who has never remembered anecdotes with a nostalgic smile while sharing a good meal years later?
There's no doubt about it: when we go away with friends, the memories we share unite us.
Like a plot of land dedicated to all the beautiful things that happened to me, that I cultivate with a dreamy smile that warms me in difficult times.
The others cannot understand what I have experienced: and my memory germinates under this exclusivity.
Let's meet again for our next fight: hotel VS homesharing!
Like the time when, sleeping in a boat to cross the Mediterranean, a Polish truck driver was snoring so loudly in our common room that my friend threatened to call the police (seems like Stéphanie chased me all the way to Greece!).
Maybe I will tell you this story in a future article.
I can only recommend you to go alone, especially if you haven't had the opportunity yet.