Before you can even start the process of planning your next trip, you must first make one vital decision: will you be traveling solo or with your friends?
This is a question that, to the surprise of some, has become very controversial. Solo travelers would argue that to truly experience a trip, it should be experienced alone. It is more intimidating traveling on your own, especially if you don’t travel frequently, but these individuals would proclaim that, because it is more challenging and frightening, it is better for you. Travelers who prefer adventuring with others would argue that sharing your experiences allows you to experience your trip in a more well-rounded way. To them, traveling with more people is challenging because you are attempting to engage in a variety of activities while trying to make the majority happy.
While there is a lot that can be said for both sides of the argument – and perhaps you should strive to have a balance of both throughout your lifetime – traveling with your friends has its undeniable perks.
Planning the trip is more exciting.
If you travel with your friends, you do not have to shoulder the responsibility of planning out every single activity on your own. There is a lot of research that goes into the planning phase; you would be surprised at how lengthy and complex the planning process can get if you do it alone. If you involve your friends, everyone will want to bring ideas to the table. In the midst of this excitement, the most difficult part will be picking and choosing what activities to include on your itinerary – and you may get to experience something you may have never found on your own.
Splitting costs helps save everyone money.
Whether you plan to stay at hotels or crash at places you have rented through Airbnb, it is going to be much cheaper splitting the costs between more people. Because you have a larger group, you may end up staying at more beautiful, spacious places. And, instead of ending every day in silence, you will have people to process your adventures with.
The more people in your group, the more safe you are.
One drawback to traveling alone is that it can be quite nerve-racking. You are in an unfamiliar setting and, even with navigation apps, it is frightening trying to maneuver around foreign places. With friends, you are less likely to find yourself in a compromising situation. And you don’t have to worry about your belongings when you need to take a quick bathroom break.
You will always have these memories.
Traveling will provide you with long-lasting memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. Traveling with your friends may not only give you more experiences throughout your trip, but your friends will always have these memories to share with you. Other people may love hearing your stories, but your friends were actually there to experience them with you.
Originally published on Emmanuel Ventouris’ website.