Lone or Group Travel?

Omagh, Northern Ireland
August 11, 2011 8:58am CST
Some People see travel as a point to point process,maybe just going from a departure point to a destination,with making your connection the most important part of your travel Plans...Others make the travel part the adventurous part of their trip! So..Would you be an adventurous traveller,making your plans up as you go along,or rather play "safe" and have your itinerary laid out for you? And would you rather travel alone or in a Group? What Advantages/Disadvantages with either method of travel can you identify,or have experience of?
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@2wicelot (2948)
7 Sep 11
Travelling is a daunting and stressful experience. The further you travel the more difficult it seem to get. Travelling in a group is better than travelling alone because it is really helpful to have people looking after each other in strange environments. It is also helps with moving luggage and looking after luggage when you perhaps need to go to the bathroom or something similar. And I think there is a level of protection provided if you travel in group rather than travel alone.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
8 Sep 11
It can be stressful and frustrating,yes,with delays,restrictions,and travel and language issues sometimes,but people still do it as a type of adventure..I think it's a relief to be able to hand over the baggage to the airline at check-in,and try not to concern myself with it showing up at the other end during the trip! I had that happen a couple of times with the bags not making the flight or being diverted,but the airline got them back to Me within the next day or so..thankfully I was on my way home at the time,so didn't have to go out shopping to resupply on essentials from the bags! Groups need organisation..someone to look after luggage,keep an eye on kids running around,that sort of thing..
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@2wicelot (2948)
8 Sep 11
It is excellent you got your bags back on time. I think travelling in a group is better. But not a very large group that it becomes too difficult to manage.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
22 Sep 11
That's the thing with considering the size of a group of people you want to travel with..finding that balance more towards comfort and less towards stressed out!
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
22 Aug 11
I don't like to be a part of a large tour for an extended time, oh, to see sites I can't get to otherwise I don't mind being part of a tour, but mostly I want to just be with one or two other people. Too many people mean that I can't linger over things that interest me, for example, I went to the British Museum with my mom, and I got to look at all the interesting carved stone seals (like signet rings only just little stones sometimes from the Minoan culture and stuff while she went on and looked at other things.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Sep 11
Yep..Big groups wouldn't give you the time to explore the interesting details you might find in a place on your own time... One of the places I like to visit while in London is the Tate Modern "Turbine Hall" on the south Bank of the Thames..It's a Huge building,a former power station,and hosts some amazing exhibits..I've seen 3 of them at various times.. "Marsyas","The Weather Project",and "TH2058"..You could have spent hours in "The Weather Project" definitely not a fast tour visit exhibit.....An Indoor "Sun" created a warm, orange Sunset effect,and the floor space (as big as a sports field) was being utilised as though it was a beach...the Ceiling was mirrored,so friends in groups were laying on the floor and creating patterns and letters you could read or see in the ceiling! Everyone was just chilling out..very much fun... http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/unileverseries/
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
8 Sep 11
Before I met Maggiepie she went to an art instillation of mirrored rooms and sometimes you were inside looking at the mirrors and other points you could see they were one way mirrors and you could see the people in the other rooms...
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Aug 11
I would be in the middle. I would not like to go alone because well I do not know anyone in that place, and the place where I would want to go would be very dangerous. I would have no experience with dangerous animals - I am the type who would pet them. Bad idea. With a group, then I am limited to where they want to go. It is all right if you are going on a specific tour hat you are interested in such as gong to Israel to see where Christ had walked, or if you are a history buff, following the Civil War battlefields, but just going to a certain country, you only go to the tourist sites. and never mingle with the natives. No for me neither is a good idea. Go with a friend, your spouse, or your relative. Then you are not alone and then you are not in a tourist group.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
11 Aug 11
A Girl I know and Her friend from University recently this summer went travelling round Europe by rail..Just the 2 of them..They made full use of their Rail Passes,but got homesick and came home again rather than go on with the plan to find jobs for the summer at a resort!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Aug 11
When my youngest brother-in-law and his wife were first married, they went to Mexico. It was less dangerous then it is now and they did not go to the usual tourist traps. That was a while ago and they have photos of the old Mayan ruins. My older son went to the Mediiteranean on his honeymoon and my younger son went to Mexico on his. I sort of like the ocean and wold like to take a cruise. I was thinking of going with someone to Europe, but with what is going on I do not think that is a good idea. I sure hope I will be able to save enough to go to Australia or New Zealand, because with Europe out and America because of those invasive searches and the machines, the Mid East because of the conflict and China because of the communists, there does not seem much more paces to go to.
• Philippines
15 Aug 11
i havent tried travelling alone. My first travel was to Singapore but upon arrival my friends accompany me groing around. then most of the time, i go with my travel buddy to explore places. I want to travel by myself and join a different group so i can meet new faces and learn new things...then in due time i can travel by myself only
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Sep 11
So You've tried one way,and would like to try the other..that's good!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
14 Aug 11
I like to travel with someone but not with a group on a pre planned trip. Too often I will find a place and want to stay an extra day or two and other time I plan a couple of days and want to stay only a few hours. Don't box me in with a group tour.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Aug 11
Yep..having the flexibility to do your own thing in your own time while you're away from home does give that bit more freedom..but there are some who want things arranged in advance..it's like the difference between paint by numbers and a sketch artist...one form takes that much more creativity to make things work!
@dodo19 (31996)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
13 Aug 11
Personally, I don't mind either one. I don't really mind traveling alone, but I do also enjoy traveling in a group. Although I'd much rather travel in a small group rather than a large group.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Aug 11
So.more of a Group of friends together for a trip,rather than "Blue group" going to the Beach because it's Wednesday!
@Krumpli (40)
• Romania
12 Aug 11
When it comes to travelling, I always travel with someone. I think that it's very important to have someone to share your emotions and feelings towards what you see and do, and also have fun with. This is also important for your own personal safety. I never go totally adventurous, but also not totally safe. I'm halfway. I plan my trip, my transport and my accomodation, and maybe the most important sights of the destination, but the rest will just come. If I arrive there and decide to get on a train to another country, that can also happen. It's all about how you feel and how comfortable you are with the idea.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Sep 11
That's a good balance between the options...
11 Aug 11
hi shepherdspy:) I prefer to travel with a company, I think it's happier and you can share views about everything that you saw in your travels, it's hard if you are alone because maybe you will feel bored and of course there's some place that you aren't really familiar with, so being with someone it is more easy to ask that you would not feel shy.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
11 Aug 11
Having someone to talk with along with you while travelling is good,but one aspect I'm trying to get at here is what would be the right number of companions to go along with..You hear these stories of groups of friends arranging a holiday sharing an apartment at a resort,and coming back having gone ballistic on one another,never to talk again!
@maximax8 (27389)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug 11
I am an independent traveler. I loved to travel on my own when I was a younger person. Now I have two little kids I take them with me on my travels. I read travel guide books and then have a rough idea of where in the area is worth traveling to. This year I traveled to Colombia, last year I traveled to Canada and the year before last I traveled to South Africa. I don't enjoy traveling in a group. However in a national park in Central America I took a walking tour and found the guide had loads of knowledge. Again when I was in Riga I took a walking tour and found out much more than I had walking around on my own. It was lovely to meet the other people which included two Australians that were interesting. When I was in Austria I took a bus tour to see the sights from the film called The Sound of the Music. On Kangaroo Island I took a two day bus tour of the island and it was very enjoyable. It went off the track to places I wouldn't have been able to get to on public transport. A group tour moves too fast for me. I want to choose how long I spend in each place. Due to being a family I like to keep at the pace of my children. I like to do fun things for them and not rush around on a busy tour. If one of the passengers was annoying on the tour it could make the whole time miserable. However a group might offer safety in a dangerous area.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
11 Aug 11
Yep,being part of the herd can be trying if you've a more individual outlook..and as you say,there can be safety in Numbers,too...
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
It's very fun to travel with a group! It's a really good way to bond with your friends, exploring various places with them. However, there are times when I think about traveling alone, and this could also be fun and interesting at times. But it's more of a self-discovery travel, one that would make me appreciate more what's around me and the people that are waiting for me when I get back. Moreover, traveling alone would make me feel like Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp, in a weird way. I dunno why.
@Danzylop (1119)
• Philippines
12 Aug 11
The answer depends on the reason why do you travel. Some people travel for fun, and that, of course, is not fun when you travel alone. others travel alone to think things away. They do it to give themselves a time to relax.