I previously wrote a post on the benefits of solo travel, but of course that’s not everyone’s preferred way to travel and that’s okay! For those of you who enjoy traveling with others, here are my top 5 pros for traveling with a companion!
1. Photos. When you’re traveling solo, you have to either trust a stranger with your phone/camera to get photos of yourself, or you can take a selfie, which leaves a lot out of the picture. When you’re traveling with a someone else, you have someone you can trust with your equipment taking photos of you in your different surroundings. This will also make you more comfortable to do different poses to mix up the look of your images. Bonus: when selfies are taken with a companion, at least it’s not always just you in the pictures.
2. Company. It’s nice to have company during different parts of the trip. If you’re stuck with a long flight, layover, train ride etc. it can be really nice to have someone to kill the time with. An added benefit: it can be great to have someone watch over your luggage when you feel in need of a bathroom break.
3. Enhanced Experience. Sometimes traveling can be lonely. During these times it would be great to have someone to share the moment with. For example: I am comfortable in my own company, but when I was in New York I really wished I had someone with me. When I was walking through Times Square at midnight, just me and my camera, I passed two girl friends arm in arm with shopping bags giggling and having a wonderful time. In that moment, I was wishing I was having a carefree girls night and could have left the camera at home. Next time I’ll be sure to have someone with me to explore that side of the experience. It is also wonderful to have someone to relive the experiences with long after you return home, and the rest of your friends are tired of hearing the same anecdotes over and over.
4. Safety. You’re less of a target when you’re with someone else. There is security in having someone with you when you’re in unfamiliar territory since you’re feeling vulnerable. Also, if you fall ill it is also comforting knowing someone is there to take care of you and watch your back.
5. Cost. Footing the bill can be a huge bummer as a solo traveler. When you’re paying for your own accommodation and transportation you might find you don’t have enough money to stay in a location for as long as you would like. When you travel with a buddy, you can split on cab rides, food, hotel/airbnb costs etc. which can leave you with extra money for a few more nights.
Now I want to hear from you! Do you prefer traveling solo? Or do you have more fun enjoying the company of others? Let me know what you like best about your favourite style of travel!