Everyone has their preferred way of travelling. Some people like to go it alone, others prefer travelling with friends, and there are some who just don’t have the times to organise everything themselves and go on group travel tours where they can experience all the wonders of the world, without having to worry about getting from A to Z. So how do you decide which travel technique is right for you?
If you want to be in control of what you see, when you see it and where you go, then planning your own journey is the ideal option for you. While it can be frustrating trying to figure out exactly what you want to see and do, knowing you have the freedom to go at your own pace is liberating. When I planned my month long trip to Thailand I organised everything myself. Once the flights were booked and I knew which islands I wanted to see it was all about TripAdvisor-ing the best ways of getting there, the sights to see and which hotels were the best value for money.
I’d highly recommend familiarising yourself with TripAdvisor and Air BnB if you’re going to create your own holiday from scratch. You’ll find bargain places and see in depth reviews from similar travellers.
Often, people planning their travels independently will do so alongside a friend, partner, or relative which saves any potential homesickness and grants you something to experience the whole odyssey with. Not only that but it also makes you feel a lot safer if you’re travelling with someone else in a place you’ve never been before. Especially when you’re staying in hostels or Air BnB’s as opposed to hotels like Hilton or Marriott.
Travelling in large groups of friends is a double-edged sword. You get to experience these incredible scenes and locations with some of your favourite people. But too many people can lead to disagreements and indecisiveness. Make sure you travel with people you know inside and out and you’ll be absolutely fine. I once travelled with a close friend back in high school and whilst I loved her to bits our personalities were very different and this came out tenfold when we were travelling together. it ended up being a struggle to do anything and we had a few arguments which put a dampener on the trip.
Nevertheless, big groups often inspire more fun and laughs. Going to party places like Ibiza, Vegas and Ayia Napa are always fun when you’re in big groups but you need to make the decision for yourself if it’ll be too difficult to organise everyone in a place that’s off the beaten track.
GO AT IT ALONE
Going it alone on a single holiday might seem like an intimidating and overwhelming prospect, but it can, in fact, bring experiences you may never have expected. Even if you are all by yourself, you will have the opportunity to meet exciting people along the way. I admire people who travel alone because it takes a lot of courage. I’ve been watching a few of my friends travel South America or Europe alone for the first time and seeing their adventures and the people they meet are incredibly inspiring.
Many people travel alone due to inconvenience with their friends and family. Much like the DIY approach to travel, you get to be in control of your own destiny. For many, it is the best of both worlds. On solo trips you can see everything you want to see along the way and take part only when you feel like it. I’d always make sure that the place you’re travelling to is safe. There are a bunch of blog posts listing the best places to travel to alone (especially if you’re a woman). So, check those out if it’s your first time going solo.
Deciding on your travel options can make the whole experience seem much less scary. Being adequately organised and prepared takes away a lot of the stress that ignites through planning trips and travels. Make sure you have all the documents you need. Check if you need certain jabs or even VISA’s to enter a certain country before heading off to the airport, bags in hand!
What are your favourite places to travel to? I’d love some suggestions as I have absolutely nothing booked yet for this year which is totally unlike me!
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