Ever wondered whether you’d be better off travelling alone or with a group when going to your next holiday destination?
Travelling, for some, is a moment to relax, unwind all day by the poolside and do absolutely nothing, whist others want to experience local cultures, partake in adventures and make every last minute count! Unfortuntely for the latter, such activities are only as fun as the company around them.
We go through life at different stages and your BFF might be preoccupied with other things and unable to explore the world with you; leaving you with some tough decisions to make! Should you bury your desire to travel or should you discover the world by yourself or with a group of total strangers?
Making the decision to travel solo with strangers will undoubtably be the right choice to make! This can be achieved either by travelling within a small, organised group of people with common interest, or by going it alone with the intention of meeting new people along your travels. Both, of course, have their advantages and disadvantages.
Since we provide photoshoot themed trips to paradise destinations for travellers looking to travel within a group or alone, read on as I explore some important factors to consider whilst making your decision, based primarily on what we offer.
When it comes to affordability, the general consensus will be your ‘lifestyle’. Do you prefer to have a private swimming pool, access to your own bedroom, toilet etc or is the lifestyle of a hostel living backpacker sufficient for you?
If the latter isn’t for you and you enjoy life’s little pleasures, then travelling within a group will certainly be the most cost effective way to go about it!
As a solo traveller looking for some degree of luxury, adding up the cost to stay in hotels, local tours, adventures etc will be far more expensive than travelling within a small group. Group trips, such as the ones we provide, are already inclusive of private villa accommodations and several activities that would no doubt have been far too expensive to pay for alone.
Our professional group trips are well researched and offer travellers the chance to discover local activities/locations they may never have gone to alone.
To ensure that everyone in the group is aware of daily plans and activities, we have a structured daily itinerary. This can limit the flexibility of your daily schedule, but it allows us to pack in exciting adventures every day!
When travelling alone, flexibility is endless and there’s very little compromise required! However unlike on group trips, where transportation and activity organisations would have been done on your behalf, you will need to do all these by yourself if you’re travelling alone. A process often fraught with language barriers and potential rip-offs you may be unaware of.
It must be noted that some people find it easier making new friends than others do! However, putting yourself in a situation where you are left with no other choice than to meet new people can often lead to some of the greatest new friendships & partnerships!
Travelling within a group guarantees you a set of new friends throughout the duration of your trip versus travelling alone, where you might have struck up the greatest rapport with a stranger, only to discover they have a flight to catch the next day!
If making new friends comes as 2nd nature to you, then travelling alone will no doubt be a breeze! But if this isn’t the case, and it takes you a little while to get into your comfort zone, then travelling within a group will be the smart choice for you!
Safety is one of the biggest concerns for anyone travelling to an unfamiliar destination. Different countries have various political, cultural & security issues that may be totally different to what you are used to and travelling alone could increase your anxiety to such worries.
Issues such as sexual orientation, gender or racial stereotyping, acceptable outfit choices, sexual assault, crime, etc are just some of the unfortunate points of concern.
Whilst travelling alone can make you more susceptible to these problems, travelling as a group will certainly mitigate some of these concerns. Safety in numbers, after all, is key!
Let’s face it, we all need those amazing shots for the gram! Travelling alone however, presents a conundrum; how do you get those gram-worthy shots with no one to take them for you? Of course, you could result to asking passers by to take your pictures, whilst praying they don’t chop your arms off in the shot or run off with your phone! #awkward #youdidgivethemyourphone
Travelling in a group, on the other hand, provides many opportunities to have your own ‘personal selfie photographer’ at your beck and call! On the group trips we organise, we arrange themed photoshoots featuring groups of models posed creatively together for some rather unique portfolio shots!
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