If you’re planning a trip, particularly an international one, chances are that one of the first things you’ll have to decide on once you’ve picked your destination is whether to travel independently or as part of a group. Group travel has its advantages: that much has been proven by its overwhelming popularity. However, there are still many good reasons to decide to travel off to that dream destination solo.
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The Adventure of Independent Travel
This factor of traveling alone is probably the single largest case for doing so. If you go with a group, especially a group on an organized tour, you’ll be subjected to a pre-planned agenda for the entire trip. While these can be useful, especially in narrowing down sites to visit, there’s a lot to be said for flexibility in a travel itinerary. If you’re a more adventurous traveler, you may prefer to travel alone because it will give you the option of going where you want, when you want, and staying as long as you want during your trip.
For example, if you were traveling as part of a group tour of Italy which had plans to spend one day each in Rome, Venice, and Florence, you would be largely stuck to that schedule. On the other hand, traveling independently gives you the convenience of flexibility. While touring the same cities on your own, you may decide that Venice, for example, had more that you wanted to see than one day could accommodate, and may decide to spend an extra day there. This is just one of nearly limitless ways in which the flexibility of traveling alone can be convenient.