You Have a More Relaxed Schedule
You can decide where to stay and even change plans without consulting or inconveniencing anyone. If you like a particular place and you were to stay there for 30 minutes, you can decide to stay for as long as you want. You’ll also make more independent choices on where to stay, eat and daily activities.
As a group, you have to consider everyone’s preferences, needs and budget. Sometimes you end up doing things you don’t like to please other people or accommodate their needs. For instance, you may want to spend your days in a five-star hotel, but other group members may wish for a more affordable option.
You Make New Friends
It’s easier to make new friends when traveling alone. You might befriend a tour guide, another solo traveller, or the locals. You’ll end up learning a new culture, try out new things such as exotic foods, and interact more with the locals. You are less likely to talk or pay attention to the locals or another lone traveller when in a group.
You Don’t Ruin Friendships
Traveling as a group can ruin friendships because of diverse opinions, expectations and desires. Everyone will feel entitled, and when you disagree, some may feel let down, leading to conflicts that extend beyond the trip.
You Control Your Budget
Solo traveling puts you in charge of what you spend and on what. For instance, you can choose to skip some activities to enjoy a night in a 5-star hotel or choose to have meals at a cheaper facility so that you can save money for a new activity. You don’t have to consult but can twist the budget to fit your needs and preferences.
However, there are downsides to solo traveling. You are more likely to be mugged when alone than in a group. You can get lost more quickly, which can be dangerous but knowing who to talk to when in a situation makes a big difference. In many places, you’ll find friendly and ready to help locals who’ll make it easier for a solo traveller to find directions when lost.