I am always curious about the people I meet and I like to talk about travelling. This is the first question from a 6 question interview I’ve asked some friends I’ve met in my travels or from home.
I believe it points out perfectly how we all are unique and how that is perfectly ok. Don’t let anyone tell you what you should do. Embrace your uniqueness and live the life you love.
My first question was “Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?” and I will also answer briefly.
I used to do everything with someone else and that was because I was terrified of being on my own. And later on, I’ve realised how much that was holding me back.
Luckily I’ve passed that and now I love travelling alone. I think that was the best part of my travels so far. I’m not saying I’ll travel alone every time, but that it’s a necessary part of anyone who wants to self-develop.
Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
Matei, 26 (living in Bucharest, Romania)
I always prefer to travel with someone or a group. I think that’s because I’m an extrovert. Sometimes I get bored travelling alone, even though I enjoy single moments as well.
Piotr, 34 (Poland, living in California)
Typically I used to travel alone (both vacation and business). Now I travel for vacation with my girlfriend. When you travel alone, local people are more welcoming and helpful to you. When they see a group, they don’t mind. Group can always somehow take care of themselves.
However, when they see a single person travelling, it seems unusual to them. This person is away from home, doesn’t know the neighbourhood, doesn’t know where to go or how to behave and as all cultures are welcoming, they try to help the individual in the “struggle” of travel.
They give advises on what to and where to go (also what not to do and where not to go) and it even may happen, that they will welcome the individual to their home.
Of course, the traveller should initiate the conversation. When you stand alone and mind your own business, people don’t want to bother you. It’s a common courtesy. Therefore don’t be afraid to start conversations, ask for directions, recommendations for restaurants, etc. Sit at the bar (not at the table) and start talking with other people at the bar.
This will help you meet new people and some of them may later turn into friends.
Pilar – (living in Madrid)
Quite hard to answer. I kinda like it better when I’m on my own. I do have all the freedom for me to decide where should I go, what should I see or where should I eat.
At the same time, is kinda nice to have someone around to share all that you are experimenting.
I have never believed in coincidence so I think some trips are just meant to be like that. Sometimes you are off to travel by yourself, might be the right time to do so. But other times is meant to be to travel with friends or family.
Jan (Dutch, living in Austria)
I prefer to travel alone. You are more flexible. If you like it, you stay a bit longer. If not, you continue your route. It will require some Investigation upfront or during your travel, as within a group, people will have more information about the area where you are.
Together you have more ideas for a possible plan. On the other hand, you need to make compromises as you all have different priorities. Travelling alone you should take the time to talk to locals to find out about the “hidden gems” and to learn to know new People. You will see a lot of people are willing to help.
On the other hand, you need to make compromises as you all have different priorities. Travelling alone you should take the time to talk to locals to find out about the “hidden gems” and to learn to know new people. You will see a lot of people are willing to help.
Lettice – blogger and volunteer (British, living in China)
I prefer travelling alone because I can do what I want when I want. When I’m travelling I have limited time and money so I only want to do the activities that interest me. Also, I like to take my time when I’m visiting an attraction. My slow pace, for example spending 4 hours at one museum, might bore other people. I also like the flexibility that comes with travelling alone.
Recently I was travelling in South China and I’d made a schedule outlining the activities I wanted to do each day. One day I woke up and didn’t feel like doing the activity I had planned so I reorganised my schedule. Because I was travelling alone it meant I could change my schedule as much as I liked without upsetting anyone.
Also, travelling alone comes with a huge sense of personal achievement. Every time I negotiate the price of a tour, find a hostel in an obscure location, or order food in another language I feel awesome because I did it all by yourself. #GirlPower
Bogdan (Romanian blogger, living in Bucharest)
Most of the time I travel in a group. But on my last trip, I felt the need to do it solo. Because I simply wanted to see how is it to be only with my thoughts, test my limits, discover new territories and be the only one out there. It was amazing.
But due to safety reasons, I prefer travelling in small groups. Why? Because I love to have fun too. And I do meet new people even of I’m in a group. I kinda do all the crazy things, from following a snake to record it with my camera in a jungle to doing the longest zip line in the world or a helicopter ride.
This kind of activities are funnier at least with a friend. Also, you can save money by travelling in a group. I love renting cars and stuff when I go abroad and experience things and places that might not be very popular with regular tourists so I have to reach them somehow.
Also, you can save money by travelling in a group. I love renting cars and stuff when I go abroad and experience things and places that might not be very popular with regular tourists so I have to reach them somehow.
Iulia is a traveller and her obsession started in her teenage years. Her aim is to discover as much as possible from this world and to inspire others to do the same! The ultimate tool for self-improvement and personal growth is travelling and this is what she discovered after years of depression. Now she shares her stories here. Describing experiences for others who might need them.