To be honest, there are stigmas prominent all through the spectrum of travel, and everyone has an opinion on what you should do on your trip that you paid and planned for :) One of the biggest, or most prominent questions asked when beginning your research for an upcoming trip, adventure or life changing event is, should you travel with people (whether you know them beforehand or not), or is going solo the better route?
While there are pros and cons to each, it ultimately depends on what you’re most comfortable with… basically, what can your personality hold? How open are you to being placed in an unknown atmosphere and just striking up conversation with a stranger? Let’s discuss.
Travelling solo means waiting for NO ONE
Having said that, a solid pro to traveling solo is the fact that it’s all about you, all the time (LOL). If you wake up one morning and want to hop on a bus to a neighbouring town and check out the scene for the day, you can do that. But the point is that you don’t have to discuss this with anyone. There’s no need to make sure they want to also go on this impromptu excursion and anything else you may want to do when you get there. The itinerary includes one person: you. It’s also pretty freeing to be completely out of your comfort zone and opening yourself up 100% to the adventure that awaits you.
Travelling solo means self-pace, and self-pace is a happy place to be
The nicest part about traveling alone is being able to choose the pace of your time abroad. Being able to make a last minute decision to stay longer in one city, even though you had previously planned to be in a completely different country by this time. Or vice versa, not loving where you are at the moment and deciding to book a ticket somewhere new, or familiar. It definitely eases a lot of stress and tension that naturally builds up when trying to accommodate for 2+.
Travelling solo means endless authentic personal life experiences
Embrace the growth that comes with going out on your own and making it happen, without anybody else’s say or input. Being alone in unfamiliar spaces can be so beneficial because you are constantly surrounding yourself with experiences that accelerate your inner growth. Having to figure things out on your own, get from point A to point B and conquering hard obstacles is the most crash course way to growing tf up mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When you don’t have someone tangibly there to get you out of a pickle, who can you rely on? YOURSELF. And you are a strong, independent traveler who majored in “finding a way or making one” from the University of Life.
When you look at it like that, it’s easy to wonder whether it’s worth having this debate at all. Personal growth is so so important and a solo travelling experience will definitely give you that. But sharing your travelling experience has a different kind of power. It comes out in the mundane really; something as simple as having a coffee takes on a whole different meaning…
Coliving means family dinners are a thing and they are amazing
If food is your life then you know already that cooking for one is nearly impossible. You either cook entirely too much and the leftovers will never get completely eaten, or you cook too little and you’re still hungry (and a hungry traveler is not a happy traveler). When you live/travel with people, you get to indulge in the talents of others; it’s where the inner chefs come out to play. WiFi Tribe was in Jamaica last year around the US Thanksgiving holiday and we had an epic potluck, with food cooked by people from all over the world, just to accommodate the few Americans in search of some familiar traditions away from home.
Coliving means you always have a guaranteed buddy
If you have the extreme pleasure to one day travel with WiFi Tribe ;-) (SHAMELESS plug), you’ll find that everybody clicks almost immediately. For the next month (or two or three or four) months, you’ve got this amazing group of people to try new things with, go on adventures, take cute pictures for instagram, eat food you’ve never tried before. At any given moment, there is someone you can talk to, share memes with, grab a drink or just explore the city/town you’re currently in. It won’t always be a large group (though that always is a guaranteed a good time), but there’s always an exploration buddy ready to paint the town red.
Coliving means new friends!
Picture yourself booking a one-way flight across the world, knocking on the door of your new living quarters for the month and being greeted by another remote worker from the other side of the world, new to the scene as well. Hello, instant friends! Coliving is the perfect way to meet people just like you, sorta like you, or completely different from you. It’s personalities all across the spectrum, vibing together while seeking out the best eats and adventures this location has to offer, while also buckling down when work needs to happen, and even collaborating with other professionals when the opportunity presents itself. It’s learning to live with others who may have very different habits and living styles as you, like The Real World, without the cameras. It’s immediate and continuous fun and exploration, creating memories with people that are put into your life for a reason, and stay there because that’s what WiFi Tribe does, they bring people together and then the friendship just moulds…and sticks.
Regardless if you decide to travel solo or do the coliving thing, the most important thing to remember is to be open to the experience, however that pans out. The most amazing thing about traveling is being able to take yourself out of your comfort zone, both willingly and unwillingly, and making the most out of what surrounds you. The best experiences happen when you least expect them, or when you’re going with the flow (with safety in mind), open to having those moments where years and years down the line, you’re still raving that you’ll “never forget that one time in Spain…” Meet people, eat lots of food, explore highly recommended places, stumbleupon hidden gems, and overall just have memorable experiences. But you just have to go out and DO IT.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jessica is a freelance copywriter and OG member of WiFi Tribe. While she is based in Los Angeles, she has been traveling throughout Latin America for over a year, with plans to tackle SE Asia this coming fall after some US explorations set for summer 2k18. She is the principle blogger for WiFi Tribe, but also writes for a few ecommerce companies and non profit organisations based in the US. Aside from work, Jessica has awesome hair (obvi) and is a future NY Times Bestselling Author... as soon as she finishes writing her first novel (it'll be worth the wait, I promise). You can keep up with her via her Instagram if you want to see some cool pix and funny memes :)