To start off, I personally love doing both. I have more experience travelling with family and friends but those times I have travelled solo, I found out a lot about myself I never knew.
Flashback to Italy late 2017, I was alone in Florence and could do whatever I wanted. The first day I set off determined to do as much as I could but after a few problems I became disheartened and went back to the hostel. When I went out for dinner, I was alone and didn’t want to eat out by myself so I just got something takeaway that was cheap. Over the next week, I met a few different people at the hostel and joined in some activities, but those times I was alone, I didn’t feel like going out and doing anything. I think this was mainly because when you experience new things, or do exciting things it is always better to share that experience with another person. Over this period of time, I learnt a lot about myself and the person I never knew I was capable of being. When I flew to Berlin I decided that I would push myself to be more opened and friendly and when I did that I made more friends and did more activities with the people in my room. Therefore, I believe if your going to solo travel you need to realise that you will be alone. You will need to push yourself out of your comfort zone and make an effort with other people. Although it can be lonely at times, it also means you will make a lot of new friends and experience new things with these people from around the world. You will learn and grow as a person and be completely reliant on yourself.
Travelling with friends can be great but also ugly. You learn a lot about the people you are travelling with, they will be completely different than how you know them back at home. You will see them at their best but also their worst. So be prepared to hold your tongue, to give up on an argument, to continuously disagree on different things, but also to have the most amazing experiences together, to grow together and to push each other. One of the great benefits of travelling in a group is that when it comes to transport or booking tours, it will end up being a lot cheaper. Likewise, when you are in complicated situations, you will have others with you to help make decisions for help solve problems. It can also be safer to be travelling in a group, depending on where you are travelling.
One things I should make clear though is that if you do decide to travel with friends, you should talk about it before you leave and come to an agreement for when trouble strikes. There was one trip I went on where I had so many problems with the people I was with that I just wanted to go home and didn’t enjoy any of it. Its unfortunate when this happens but you need to know the type of people you will be travelling with people you leave and that they will respect you.
It is up to you whether you want to Solo Travel or Travel in a Group. Both will be completely different experiences, both good and bad. In both cases you will learn a lot about yourself and how the world around you works. In the end it doesn’t matter as long as you take that step and get on a plane and travel.