1. Traveling in a group gives you security in numbers
With the world the way it is today, I highly recommend group travel if security is a big concern for you. You can also combine group travel and solo travel during a trip to get a bit of both world (which I often do!).
2. Group travel can be more economical
Finding budget-friendly accommodation is not always as simple as a solo traveler. If you’re not in a hostel dorm, which makes sense, and you don’t fully rely on solutions like couch-surfing or AirBnB, then a proper hotel room can be quite expensive for just one person. It is always helpful to divide this expense between people or a couple when you are traveling on a budget.
Another important expense is transportation. Sometimes taking a taxi or hiring a car is unavoidable, so you will be happy to pay a part of the share rather than paying it as a full.
3. You reconnect with friends.
One of the most important benefits of traveling in groups is that it is a great way for me to reunite with friends that I no longer live close to.
4. If you are shy then it is hard to meet new people
Solo travel can sometimes be very lonely, especially if you are timid or introverted. Although taking solo trips from time to time can be very beneficial for some people, it can be a nightmare for others.
One of the losses I suffered was when I first started a solo journey; Too shy to connect with others. In my mind, I felt that it would be easier to connect with locals and other backpackers, but in reality, it was a lot more challenging than I expected. Often times you have to be able to initiate contact with others.
If you are a shy person, like I used to be, then there is a chance that engaging in travel alone will not really help you break your normal habits. If you are considering taking a solo trip anytime soon, I suggest that you work comfortably before interacting with more people in your home city before venturing out into the world by yourself.
5. Traveling with friends is fun!
I always try to gather more and more friends for my trips. It does not matter whether it is only weekends or 2 week holidays – the more people the better. And it’s always so fun! For me, this is one of the most important benefits of traveling with friends.
I am lucky to have a group of friends who are open to travel, try new things, practice sports, play sports, and get as much good stuff out of life as possible. Simply put, travel is the best.
Apart from this, many times friends gather me to make stuff that I do not do on my own. I am very thankful to my friends that they gave me such wonderful things to do, which I am sure I will never do.
6. Loneliness is unhealthy
Solo travel can be lonely at times – this is the biggest disadvantage of solo travel.
In 2015, investigators at Brigham Young University conducted several studies on loneliness carried out on several millions of people. Results showed that social isolation led to a 50% increase in premature death.
Loneliness is also associated with increased cholesterol levels, hypertension, depression, and decreased cognitive abilities.
Man evolved to live with others. Long ago, we hunted in small groups, where social interaction helped protect against predators. Living alone without support was dangerous and stressful. You must be constantly alert, ready to turn on your fight or flight mode. It is still part of our natural tendency.
Of course, sometimes it is necessary to get away from the hustle and bustle, problems, other people of the city, and just be with yourself. But some days are enough. Not yet healthy People are social animals who need to interact with others.
7. Traveling with others strengthens relationships
I have seen, even though I have not been able to see my traveling friends for a long time, I think we met yesterday. And we have so many things to talk about getting together – the fun things we had memories of together are just a small part of our conversation – we’re always busy creating new, exciting ones.
Interestingly, I have noticed that travel friendships with friends last a long time. I have the closest contact and longest relationship with the people I traveled with.
Friendships with people, with whom I simply worked or studied, or occasionally met for a beer, usually did not meet the test of time. Also, meeting in pubs or shopping together in a bar is not enough for me. This may be enough to maintain a superficial acquaintance but it does not bring friendship closer.
So, do you want to travel together in a group? If you can’t find a group yourself, an option would be to travel with BackpackingTribe. They bring together groups of people to travel together from hostel to hostel.
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