My dearest friend Savannah recently posted a piece on the amazing perks and benefits of traveling solo. Read it here and check out her entire blog while you are at it!
While I am fully on the same page, solo travel looks like it can be amazing, I thought why not take a few minutes to write a counter piece to hers? Just for blogger fun and to show case another side of traveling.
My amazing roommate (and great friend) Megan and I have been taking to the skies quite a bit in the past few months. While she has traveled solo, I have yet to leave the country on my own- one thing at a time! Between our 10 day trip to Bali and our quick but exciting weekend excursion to Scotland, we have come across a lot of good reasons to travel with a trusted travel buddy.
1. Double check that packing list:: Traveling with someone means you both have a build in bag checker. Are you notorious for overpacking? Always forgetting the basics? When you are packing for a trip with someone else you have the amazing added benefit of a second set of eyes that can go over and through what you packed and make sure you have all the basics (socks? toothbrush?) and your are not over doing it (for a 3 day trip do you really need 5 pairs of pants?).
Knowing you have what you need makes every trip that much less stressful!
2. Personal photographers:: As much fun as it is to take selfies at every scenic spot, or never be in your own pictures, or walk up to other travelers and ask then to take a picture of you… when you have a travel buddy, you can take turns getting just the right shot of each other. You both have build in photographers! Today so much of our lives are wrapped up in social media, how could you live if you didn’t post just the right shot on Instagram?
3. Try new things:: As Savannah mentions in her post, when you are traveling solo there is no need to compromise on places you want to go, things you want to eat, mountains you want to hike, or scenes you want to see. But on the other hand, when you travel with someone you can push each other to see new sights and try new things. The borders of your comfort zone may be shifted a little, but usually it’s for the best and you may get a chance to explore something totally new that you never though of! When we were in Bali, I may never have thought of taking a cooking class or swinging into a waterfall, but I did (thanks of Megan) and those may have been some of the highlights of the trip!
4. Watching your back:: Safety in numbers. And if you are traveling in a pair or group you are not alone. Personally I have yet to have any sort of situation, but I feel more comfortable knowing I have someone who knows where I am and should I not come home, get hurt, or act to strange… it’s good to know someone should notice and take action. Traveling with a buddy you also have someone to watch your bags when you stop to use the restroom or step into a fitting room.
5. Second opinions:: “Now do you really need that shirt? It’s like the other 2 you got yesterday…” Yes, traveling with someone means you have someone to run decisions by. Should we spend the day at another temple? Do you need that shirt? Maybe we should eat someplace else? You have someone to bounce ideas off of and continue to push your boundaries a little.
Having a travel partner also means you can split checks, take turns thinking of plans and making arrangements, split the responsibilities of trip planning in general!
Megan and I have started taking turns picking our next travel destinations and that’s great too, cause I wouldn’t think of doing 10 days in Spain & Portugal (2018…?) and maybe she wouldn’t have thought of Bali, but we are sure glad we went!
OK, so your thoughts? Travel solo, travel with a buddy? Share your experiences and let’s see where we end up next!