The amazing new travel blogger Sarah Shaw from Ready Steady Travel is back and this time she’s talking about ‘What type of Travel is Right for You?’ I hope you like the guest post and be sure to connect with Sarah on Facebook and Twitter.
There are many ways you can travel the world, but which way is the right way? Well, there is one short and sweet answer to that question my friends.
There is no right way!
However, if you were looking for a more detailed answer than that to work out what is the right form of travelling for you, read on.
There are 3 options that people choose from to travel the world. These are through Tours, going it Solo or by travelling in Groups.
Tours are by far the most easiest, convenient and stress free way to travel. Tour groups such as Contiki, plan itineraries tailored to you which include activities, transport, accommodation and often meals.
Everything can be packed into the time frame that you need, which when trying to squeeze everything in when organizing it yourself, can be rather stressful.
You also have a tour leader who you can go to if you have any questions. They can educate you on the history and culture of a country, will keep you safe and be able to offer translation services.
Before I started travelling I was so eager to go, but none of my friends were interested. Tour groups are a fantastic opportunity to travel if you don’t have the confidence to travel alone or don’t know what to expect.
My first travelling experience was with a Gap360. I had no idea how to go about organising travelling and was nervous about going it alone. Tour groups gave me the confidence and the skills so that when I next decided to travel I was able to do it solo. Now I am travelling the world indefinitely by myself. Something I may never have been able to do without the confidence and insight that group tours gave me.
Tour groups are full of other people in the same boat that you are. They can be very social and you can make life long friends. However sometimes people tend to split into their own little social groups.
- Easy, convenient, everything planned for you.
- No extra costs when you are travelling.
- Can travel and visit lots of places in a short time frame.
- Tour leaders speak the local language and answer questions.
- Safest form of travel.
- Build Confidence to travel more.
- Very expensive.
- No freedom to change plans.
Solo travel is by far much cheaper than group tours. You plan everything yourself from scratch and whilst it may seem like a lot of work you can plan your travels using guide books such as Lonely Planet.
These allow you to travel within your budget and tell you how to plan your idealistic route.
With solo travel you have the freedom to do what YOU want to do. There are no compromises. If you want to go white water rafting in the himalayers but your travel buddy wants to travel south to Goa to chill on the beaches you have to meet somewhere in the middle. But if you go it alone, Himalayers, here you come!
It gives you the freedom to change your mind at a drop at a hat. You could be in India one minute, meet some people and be off to Vietnam the next.
Solo travel can be slightly more risky. You don’t have someone to watch your belongings if you need to visit the loo. No one to look after you if you fall sick. No one to back you up if you do happen to run into some trouble. Take precautions, buy safety equipment, read up on common scams and most of all, use your common sense.
It can sometimes get lonely on the road for solo travellers. Top tip. Hostels. Hostels will be your best friend if you are travelling solo. Not only are they cheap, but they are full of other lonely travellers itching to meet and hang out with you.
- The most freedom and flexibility.
- A lot cheaper than tours.
- Gain confidence.
- Easier to meet new people.
- More risks.
- Can get a little lonely.
If you have managed to find some friends or siblings to come along with you, YAY! Perfect. This is by far the cheapest way to travel. Whilst solo is cheap cheap cheap. Group travel is cheap cheap cheaper! This is because there are often more deals on accommodation for those travelling in 2s, 3s or 4s.
Group travel allows you to plan your own itineraries with your fellow travellers. Work out where you all want to go and you are set. However, you may realize that your friends have different ideas and interests of what they want to do and see. There is often a lot of compromise needed.
Another thing to point out, in everyday life these people may be your best friends, siblings, boyfriend, girlfriend. But in the travelling world, it can be a whole different scenario. Bad habits can surface. People will become tired and ill which results more often than not in moaning and whining. Someone may overspend and run out of money. They could be very messy and you could find yourself being left to do all the organising. Just be prepared for this. Split jobs between you, have rules and expectations set before heading off.
- Cheapest way to travel.
- More offers available.
- Potential to clash with friends on the road.
- You may have to compromise on activities and destinations.
Let’s here it from you: Which form of travelling do you prefer? Can you think of any more pros and cons?