Travel Alone or With Friends?

Travelling alone versus travelling with friends

If you considering a study abroad trip this year, you might be thinking of whether it is best to go alone or to share the experience with someone, and travel with a friend. Like most things in life, the choice between the two is tricky as there are many positives to both scenarios.

In this article, we look at the positives of travelling alone versus travelling with friends when applied to any travelling circumstance, whether it is a study abroad program, a short summer holiday or a longer term travelling experience.

The pro’s of travelling with a friend

  • Travelling with someone else can make the experience of arriving in a strange and unknown place less daunting and scary.
  • Planning a trip with a friend might mean the difference between actually taking the plunge and going on the trip or staying home. It can give you the confidence to do something you wouldn’t usually do alone.
  • Travelling with a friend can be the cheaper option as you will have someone to share a room with and share transport costs (eg. taxi fares).
  • Being with someone else can ease the stress while travelling. If you have a problem or a concern, it is helpful and a comfort to have someone you know with you to help or offer advice.

The pro’s of travelling alone

  • Travelling alone will encourage you to meet more new people. And for some reason, strangers are more inclined to speak to lone travellers.
  • You will be able to do what you want when you want, without considering what someone else wants to do.
  • As you won’t have someone from your own culture to talk to, you will find that you are more immersed in the local culture and language.
  • Spending time alone is very good for your self-confidence and will give you a greater sense of achievement.

Whether your decision is driven by practicality, sentimentality or circumstances, essentially you have to do what feels right for you. And remember that not all friends (no matter how close you are) will make the best travel buddies so carefully consider whether you will benefit from the companionship or whether it will hinder your friendship.

If you are looking for a language learning experience abroad, either alone or with a friend, take a look at our range of study abroad programs here.