Pros and Cons of Travelling Solo

If you have been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I like to travel (mostly through the UK). And usually, I travel alone. Because I really prefer to be on my own instead of with someone else. I often joke about how I can’t spend more than 72 hours in someone else’s company without getting annoyed by everything they do. Sure, there are some people I can spend that much time with. But I usually need a break. Some time for myself – even if it’s just a few hours.

Pros of travelling solo:

  • You can travel whenever and wherever you want
    If you find a cheap flight and hostel, you can book straight away. No waiting for your friends to commit and prices increasing in the meantime. You can go whenever you want, whatever fits your schedule. You also don’t have to compromise on where you’re going and what you’ll do once there.
  • You’re in control of how you spend your money
    I talked about this briefly in my post on travelling on an au pair budget. Do you prefer to get cheap accommodation and eat fancier meals? Or are you more interested in shopping than taking guided tours? You get to decide exactly what you spend your money on and you don’t have to worry about a travel companion not feeling the same way.
  • You’re more likely to meet new people
    When you’re with people you know, you don’t really feel the need to talk to new people. Travelling alone gives you a reason to really get to know the locals and other travellers. I’m actually more open when I’m travelling alone than when I’m with others.

Cons of travelling solo:

  • You have to be extra cautious
    You’re always a bit more vulnerable when you visit a place you don’t know. When you’re alone, you have to be even more careful. Always trust your instincts and make sure your phone is charged so that you can call someone if necessary.
  • You might miss having someone to talk to
    Making friends abroad is one of the best things about travelling. But if you’re on your own for long enough, you will start to miss people. And then there’s the fact that some destinations are better to travel to with someone else. Even though it’s an amazing experience to go anywhere on your own, there will always be times where you wish that someone you loved was with you to enjoy that special moment.
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8 Comments

  1. Bindu Thomas
    29 December 2018 / 6:02 am

    I don’t like to travel solo. I think that is could be boring. But you described all the pros and cons of solo travelling perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 16 December 2018 / 2:50 pm

    You make some interesting points about the pros and cons of solo travel. I often find myself having to make trips on my own but I do prefer to travel with a buddy or buddies i.e. my husband and kids!

  3. 16 December 2018 / 3:06 am

    I think I would miss having someone to talk too. However the way my life is set up now it looks like solo travel might be what I am going to have to do

  4. 15 December 2018 / 3:12 pm

    Love your points. But I would always love to travel with my hubby 🙂

  5. 15 December 2018 / 2:44 pm

    You have pointed the pros and cons very nicely. However, as I mostly travel solo so I mostly keep to myself.

  6. 15 December 2018 / 9:10 am

    I agree. Traveling solo is very different from traveling with company. I kinda half way missing my solo trips but I still think doing it with your better half is better

  7. 15 December 2018 / 1:34 am

    good summary. i went on holiday once when i had the days to myself to play tourist and would meet a friend who was there on biz for dinner and the evening. best of both worlds 😀

    Joy at http://www.thejoyousliving.com

  8. 14 December 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Very good summary, although I prefer to have a travel buddy, I always envy meeting someone, who can enjoy travelling alone 😊

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