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  • akol
    akol
    Posted on:
    22nd Oct 2010 05:30pm

    Last Post 4th Apr 2014
    Replies     96

    Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone?

    Do you find travelling alone a daunting experience? Or do you prefer the freedom of being independant and free to explore at your own pace?
    Is it better to travel with a partner? Family? Friends?

  • Jenster
    Jenster
    Posted on:
    24th Oct 2010 05:17pm

    Jenster says: always nicer having someone traveling with you, but have traveled alone and enjoyed it.

  • poison
    poison
    Posted on:
    30th Nov 2010 01:43pm

    Jenster says: always nicer having someone traveling with you, but have traveled alone and enjoyed it.

    poison says: i dont enjoy travelling alone, but occassionally i like to be on my own for a short time

  • Jenster
    Jenster
    Posted on:
    30th Nov 2010 03:26pm

    poison says: i dont enjoy travelling alone, but occassionally i like to be on my own for a short time

    Jenster says: Im the same, much prefer someone with me, much more enjoyable.

  • banger
    banger
    Posted on:
    10th Dec 2010 09:58am

    Jenster says: always nicer having someone traveling with you, but have traveled alone and enjoyed it.

    banger says: Like you I have always enjoyed travelling alone as you can go to any destination at your leisure and stay as long as you like.When travelling in Africa in the 70's I went on my own and hitched meeting the locals with them showing me the sights.Friends of mine went overland and bitched and whinged from Capetown to London so who do you think had the better time!

    Banger

  • Pat
    Pat
    Posted on:
    16th Sep 2011 11:47am

    banger says: Like you I have always enjoyed travelling alone as you can go to any destination at your leisure and stay as long as you like.When travelling in Africa in the 70's I went on my own and hitched...

    Pat says: Couldn't agree more!

  • rylrebel
    rylrebel
    Posted on:
    1st Nov 2010 10:32pm

    rylrebel says: travelling with family is the best

  • poison
    poison
    Posted on:
    30th Nov 2010 01:43pm

    rylrebel says: travelling with family is the best

    poison says: i agree with you that family is best

  • neety
    neety
    Posted on:
    17th Nov 2010 11:31am

    neety says: I have travelled twice by myself, but I was on an organised tour, so there were people to talk to everyday. It was a bit lonely sometimes as others were couples/friends. Travelling with others can be nice, sharing the experience and also helping to pay costs.

  • poison
    poison
    Posted on:
    30th Nov 2010 01:45pm

    neety says: I have travelled twice by myself, but I was on an organised tour, so there were people to talk to everyday. It was a bit lonely sometimes as others were couples/friends. Travelling with others can...

    poison says: i think group tours are good cost wise and am considering going on some in the near future

  • asif381
    asif381
    Posted on:
    12th Aug 2013 12:32pm

    poison says: i think group tours are good cost wise and am considering going on some in the near future

    asif381 says: yes I agree with u

  • Blossom
    Blossom
    Posted on:
    4th Sep 2013 03:18pm

    poison says: i think group tours are good cost wise and am considering going on some in the near future

    Blossom says: Not only are they good cost wise but you can just enjoy the scenery, not miss out because you have to watch where you are driving, also for other vehicles on the road. In a coach you are "sitting up much higher" too so you see things you would otherwise miss. Even a professional truck driver (now retired) driving a car has pointed that out. Also tour operators are often allowed to take groups into places that otherwise you not allowed to enter to to see.
    If you calculate your costs for fuel and resulting car maintenance (including the possibility of having to replace a tyre/tyres which we experienced - we damaged 2 on a dirt road which had some sharp stones just under the surface) One went down immediately and the other had a very slow leak or we would have been stranded until somebody stopped which people are reluctant to do due to assaults etc. They know the good spots for meals during the day when travelling, satisfactory accomodation, etc.
    One good tip, if you are travelling by car with/without a caravan and want to stop for a meal, the truckies seem to know the cafes, restruants etc. that have reasonably healthy meals and good prices too. If there are any trucks there you can be sure the food is good. Word soon gets around about the good and bad food places. Travelling with a relative one day we stopped at a cafe at a service station and there was 2 trucks parked there, and 2 also left as we arrived there. Within 10 minutes there was another 6 trucks arrived, some from both directions. I know of one place in country SA that was heavily patronised by the truckies - the owner even built a park out the back for them as there was complaints about them all parking along the side of the road. It changed hands, the food quality deteriorated and the truckies hardly use it. They go to another one further up the road, and if they are heading interstate they park at the kerb on a service road and walk across the highway where they could have stayed on the side that they were driving on. I won't name the town for legal reasons otherwise I would.

  • winspaz
    winspaz
    Posted on:
    17th Nov 2010 05:23pm

    winspaz says: I like to travel with close friends or family. It also depends on where we are going. Eg. if the aim of the trip was exploring, and adrenaline stuff, then i like to go w/ close friends, but if its more relaxing, enjoying the scenery type, then i like going w/ parents.

  • poison
    poison
    Posted on:
    30th Nov 2010 01:47pm

    winspaz says: I like to travel with close friends or family. It also depends on where we are going. Eg. if the aim of the trip was exploring, and adrenaline stuff, then i like to go w/ close friends, but if its...

    poison says: i go camping with my family a couple of times a year and it is always with family i can entertain the grandchildren while the parents have a little time to them selves

  • woosif
    woosif
    Posted on:
    18th Nov 2010 08:55am

    woosif says: ooh good question, it depends, I have travelled to over 35 countries alone mainly as most other people just want a beach and a resort and I like to see the country as it really is, so the other 7-8 with my family.... funny we are all so different, but I would have liked to share things with someone like the sun coming up over Mt Everest or chillies drying on a desert nomads land ect ect but some are not so willing to go out their comfort zone and some are just home buddies so I suppose I should be lucky that my journeys were not ruined with loud mouthed tacky people eating chips.... ha ha ha they world is just phenominal.

  • poison
    poison
    Posted on:
    30th Nov 2010 01:50pm

    woosif says: ooh good question, it depends, I have travelled to over 35 countries alone mainly as most other people just want a beach and a resort and I like to see the country as it really is, so the other 7-8...

    poison says: i have travelled to thailand twice once with my husband on organised tours and we enjoyed it second time was with more fsmily members and stayed wth family member over there and it was enormous fun we just did our own thing

  • meli
    meli
    Posted on:
    19th Nov 2010 01:18am

    meli says: as a family oriented gal,travelling together is a must-however,some occasions have called for leaving the family home,and thats okay too.

  • uruz
    uruz
    Posted on:
    23rd Nov 2010 07:49pm

    uruz says: I'm the happiest travelling alone...well with my dog only and going bush. I don't like conducted tours or tour groups although travelling with good friends is okay occasionally.

  • wilhamina
    wilhamina
    Posted on:
    24th Nov 2010 07:00am

    wilhamina says: I often travel alone, though I have been on tours. Trouble with them is that I may want to see something that is not included, or we do not stay long enough.. That is why I tend to travel alone. Would be nice to have companions sometimes, but I am quite used to my own company, and manage quite well.

  • Beetle Bailey
    Beetle Bailey
    Posted on:
    26th Jul 2013 06:49pm

    wilhamina says: I often travel alone, though I have been on tours. Trouble with them is that I may want to see something that is not included, or we do not stay long enough.. That is why I tend to travel alone....

    Beetle Bailey says: Yes. i agree with everything you say. In all my Travels, It has always been, just ME.. I enjoy being by myself, I can go & do whatever I want. No pressure but also, been on a Guided Tour & have enjoyed the company that goes with it. Either way, I'm happy but actually having someone with me 24/7, I have yet to experience.

  • super88
    super88
    Posted on:
    27th Nov 2010 11:58am

    super88 says: I've done both, and they both have advantages. At the end of the day it's nice to have someone to share the experience with. I find I meet a lot of interesting people and end up in very different places when I travel alone.When I have other people to consider I'm not so adventurous. Travelling alone is definately more daunting but can lead to an unexpected adventure.
    They are both good.

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