There’s a lot to consider when going on a trip - from the availability and schedule to the budget and preference. One of the things that make a wonderful travel experience is the decision to travel solo or with a group. Find out which option will make your next adventure a memorable one as we compile the pros and cons of each:
Cheaper, more affordable travel packages with a pre-set itinerary. With a professional tour guide assisting during the entire tour, stress-free traveling is guaranteed. Given the limited time tour groups have when exploring places as a large collection of travelers, tour groups usually have an access privilege, especially at landmarks or attractions. Having varied individual preferences also mean having a variety of options for food and activities to try out during your journeys. Group traveling is an ideal way of meeting new people in a new setting, expanding your network of acquaintances and friendships. You never know you might meet some amazing folks and lifelong friends along the way.
Various preferences could also be a challenging when it comes to providing the needs and wants of each traveler. Free time is usually limited because the total number of people in the group must be accounted for when it comes to transportation and exploration time. With a planned itinerary on hand, there's no way you can separate from a group tour and explore things on your own time at your own pace.
You don't have to wait for someone to finish getting ready or have all the seats on the bus filled before finally hitting the road. You have control of your time and schedule, making it easy to make unscheduled or out-of-the-way stops without having to worry so much about the time. Independent travels also allow you more room to explore, even in crowded exhibits or attractions. Solo trips can be a journey to self-discovery, the spontaneity of the situations opening up more opportunities and experiences you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered when in a controlled grouping system.
Accommodation and fares can get very pricey since there isn’t anybody to split the costs with. The language barrier can also be quite the challenge if you don't have a companion or tour guide to assist during travels. Getting around can also be a little pricier, with you having to pay for transport straight from your pocket without the discounts or accessibility most group tour buses have.
Remember that it’s important to know how you want to spend your vacation in order to make it feel truly memorable and worthwhile. Deciding whether you want a little self-reflection time solo overseas or want to experience a variety of fun with a group, is important in making sure you enjoy your time to the fullest.