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.

 

 

Bondi Beach Australia

So I recently read on O is for Ottilie’s blog, a post about how Solo travel changed her and how she believes everyone should try solo travel once.

So I thought I’d tell you a bit about my experience solo travelling and why you should try it.

Two years ago I was travelling round the East coast of Australia on my own.

Before I went many of my close friend and family had concerns about me travelling on my own. Was I safe? Would I get lonely? And honestly it was the best experience I’ve ever had.

I like Ottilie, feel like everyone should try solo travel once. And if you do need some persuading here are some reasons as to why you should.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset

You meet so many great people

One thing everyone went on about before I left was that I wouldn’t know anyone and I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to.

Wrong.

While solo travelling I met some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. One thing I would say though is stay in Hostels if you are travelling alone, because it is the best way to meet new people.

The first day I got there I did start to get a bit nervous that I wouldn’t meet anyone. But within an hour of getting to my first hostel, I was talking to my room mates and was going out for drinks with them.

This happened pretty much every time I moved on to the next place.

So many people in hostels are on their own. Everyone is wanting to make friends which makes it so easy to have people to talk to.

I even kept meeting up with some travellers in various locations as a lot of people all travel in the same direction on the East coast of Australia.

You can set your own schedule 

Now, I hate doing things I don’t want to do. Like I’m sure the majority of people do.

Travelling on my own was great of me though as it mean’t that I could go off and do activities whenever I wanted. Not only that but I could move on to the next place when I wanted too.

This happened so much. For example I only had planned to stay in Nossa for three days. I loved it so much though that I ended up staying for over a week. It was great because I didn’t have to ask anyone if that was okay and if they wanted to as well. I just did it.

There were certain places I liked more or less than I thought I would. Being on my own mean’t I didn’t have to ask someone if we should go to the next place yet. I just did it.

I absolutely loved the freedom of being on my own.

You learn so much about yourself

When travelling around Australia on my own, I realised how much more confident I was than I thought. How I was able to speak to new people and make friends so easily. I met so many people that I still speak to now and keep up to what they’re doing and where they’ve been.

It showed me how I was capable of, and how easy I could deal with challenging situations.

You learn what it’s like to be completely independent and not rely on others. You learn that how to make all the decisions and not asking someone else what to do. You have to do it all yourself.

Feeding wild dolphins

At Melbourne Luna Park

This was my first time solo travelling, and honestly it was one of the best experiences. Yes there were times I wished someone was there to help me when things were tough but I’m glad I did it. And hopefully I will be able to solo travel again in the near future.