Pros and Cons of solo travel

So you may have seen my last post about solo travel. I spoke about how I thought how everyone should try solo travel and all the positives of doing so. But I didn’t really speak about any of the negatives of solo travelling and things that could potentially put you off. So I decided to write about all the pros and cons of solo travel.

watching the sunset in the Whitsundays

Meeting new people

Pro: Being on your own means you are pushed to meet new people, speak to new people and make friends. Whereas if you were with someone else you may find that you stick within your group. You also find loads of people who are also on their own and that you aren’t the only one solo traveling.

Con: If you are shy or maybe even a language barrier you may find it harder to communicate with people making it difficult. Also it can be more comfortable being with someone you know from day one and travelling with someone else doesn’t mean that you won’t meet new people at the same time.

 Planning

Pro: Being on your own means that you can plan your travels exactly how you want. You can go to all the places you want to go to and none of the places you don’t. Whereas if you were with someone else you may have to see or do something you didn’t really want to do and maybe there was something you’d rather do more.

Con: Being on your own means you have to do all the planning and think of all the things you want to do. Maybe if you’d been with someone else they’d have wanted to do something you hadn’t thought about and loved it. Maybe you’re missing out on experiences you’d not previously thought about? Basically two brains are better than one as people always say. And planning sessions could include so many places you’d never thought about.

Costs

Pro: As a solo traveller you may be more flexible with where and when you go as you don’t have to rely on anyone else. You can stay in hostel dorms which are cheap. All this meaning it’s easier to keep costs down.

Con: If you aren’t keen on hostels. Hotels are a lot cheaper when you’re in a couple of group being able to keep costs down that way. You can also share transportation costs like taxis and maybe even find multiple person entry fees to places. Splitting that is likely to be cheaper than if you were on your own.

So here are just some of the pro’s and con’s of solo travel. Hopefully this has given you more of an insight into if it is a good idea for you or not.

 

 

4 Comments

  1. September 26, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Completely agree – I love solo travel, but it definitely wouldn’t suit everyone! Having the freedom to have a nap in the middle of the day if you need one and not having to worry about going at the same pace as a travel buddy is always a benefit…

    • hannahcopcutt@gmail.com
      September 28, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Exactly! I love solo travel for all those reasons

  2. September 28, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Travelling alone must surely give someone a sense of being independent 🙂 I haven’t experienced that yet for myself but hopefully one day. Interesting post!

    • hannahcopcutt@gmail.com
      September 30, 2017 / 7:05 am

      Thank you, it really does! Hopefully you will get to one day