Traveling Solo vs Traveling with a Partner

Posted on April 10, 2012 by

This is a sponsored guest post by Federico Mendez.

A lthough it’s something of a brave decision to take, traveling solo is both an exciting and liberating experience that allows us to learn more about the world at our own pace. Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness.” This is even more so for the solo traveler who is free to see the world through his or her own purely subjective prism, without the opinions and influence of friends and family.

Despite the many positive aspects of solo travel, making a decision about whether or not it is right for you means weighing its pros and cons – here are some factors to consider when deciding to hit the road alone.

freedom of traveling solo

Making decisions

For those who like being in control, solo travel is perfect. Compromise becomes a thing of the past as you forge your own path. The downside of this is that you must become used to breaking away from the people you meet en-route. This is important, as it’s all too easy to fall in with someone else’s plan.

Learning languages

A group of friends traveling together tend to hang around each other and make little effort to learn the language of the country. The solo traveler is far more likely to pick up useful words and phrases, as well as have more opportunity to practise by talking to local people. Locals are almost always friendlier to someone who tries speaking to them in their language, and they will take extra time to help you learn even more – sometimes even inviting you into their homes for a meal.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow mindedness.” – Mark Twain

traveling with friends

Staying strong

Inevitably, there will be times when you might feel a little lonely. Adopt an open and friendly demeanour and new acquaintances are easy to make – far easier than if you travel in a group. Stay in a hostel or join a trekking tour, you’ll be on your way to making lifelong friends along the road. However, it’s important to learn to enjoy spending time by yourself – after all, the idea of solo traveling is to experience new things on your own terms and at your own pace.

Building relationships

For those spending more time at a destination and looking to meet someone along the way, the dating sites Australia and other countries offer are always a convenient way to connect with other like-minded people looking for romance. It’s easy to meet people on the road and solo travelers often attract fellow solo travelers. So keep a look out, and you’ll be forming  new bonds with people from any country in the world, whether they’re interested in Asian dating or European romance.

Things to watch out for

Traveling alone puts you at a little more risk than if you were to travel with a partner – especially if you’re female. Nevertheless, risks can be minimised with a little forethought. Before you leave, let your family know your intended itinerary and keep them updated if anything changes. Keep valuables hidden and your bag under constant supervision – especially in gritty cities. Be aware of your surroundings and use common sense to avoid entering potentially dangerous situations.

Health

Getting ill while you are traveling alone is not a pleasant experience, particularly if you’re bed-bound for a few days. While those in the company of others have others to fetch medicine, food and generally provide moral support, solo travelers must fend for themselves. For this reason, it’s a good idea to take a well-stocked first-aid kit, even if it does add a little bulk to the backpack. A mobile phone used to contacts friends at home can work wonders for morale.

Are you a solo traveler or are you considering traveling solo around the world?

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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offgrid destinations and adventure travel, she scours through the world in search for a slice of undiscovered paradise. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sealions in the Galapagos and built a school in Tanzania.

5 Responses to “Traveling Solo vs Traveling with a Partner”

  1. Val Hamer April 10, 2012 6:59 pm #

    I went to Srin Lanka with a very good friend recently. It was my first non solo travel for ages and it was fun. I enjoyed having someone to hang out with – though we both did things solo when something appealed to only one of us. It was also much cheaper!

    Swings and roundabouts in the end. I like doing what I like, how I like, but being with a very close friend makes it easy to talk about plans.

  2. Jarmo April 11, 2012 12:51 am #

    I spent the whole last year traveling solo (well mostly, two months with my sister), but that term is misleading, most of the time you are traveling with people you meet along the way, which is great. I don't think I could travel with another person for a whole year, easier to travel by yourself ;)

  3. Maria April 16, 2012 12:02 am #

    When I went to Boracay I was alone and really enjoyed it. I been able to roam around the island and make new friends with the locals their. The beach is splendid and I find peace of mind in that place. Actually been planning to go their next month with my fiancee and I'm sure it will be so much fun.

  4. Solo Female Nomad April 28, 2012 3:17 am #

    I agree somewhat about solo females needing to be more cautious and careful when traveling. However, I have also found that as a solo female traveler people want to help and protect you more – they look out for you. I found this more so in Asian countries. Furthermore, traveling solo you are more likely not to travel in a bubble and integrate more into the community. Solo travel is the only way to go for me!

  5. andrea October 17, 2012 1:41 am #

    These kind of trips wiil improve the self confidence. My self i used to travell solo. By travelling solo i can meet diiferent kinds of people

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