“TRAVELLING ALONE OR WITH A FRIEND”
It’s a big dilemma, trying to decide whether to commit to your dream adventure by yourself or with a trusty sidekick.
I asked several battle-scarred adventurers to weigh up the pros and cons and offer their verdict.
NOW READ THE ADVENTURERS’ ANSWERS BELOW:
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The biggest expeditions I’ve been on were cycling from the UK to Armenia over eight months, cycling around the Middle East and Africa for seven months and I’ve also done trips in Mongolia for two months and down the West Coast of the U.S. for two months as well.
I think the biggest thing is the fact that you wake up in the morning and you have no idea where you’re going to end up at the end of that day, and you have no idea what you’re going to see or who you’re going to meet, that’s kind of what adventure means to me anyway. It’s the unpredictability and the surprises and the unexpected, and the knowledge that it’s very, very rarely a bad kind of surprise. You know, it’s usually pretty positive stuff.
I think the benefits of travelling alone include…
– Learning to take full responsibility for yourself
– Being able to be utterly selfish in your decision making
– Allowing your mind to unwind entirely from the utter lunacy of everyday life
whilst the advantages of going with someone else include…
– Having moral support when things get tough
– Being able to share the best moments of the experience
– Having someone else to take photos of you looking heroic
If I had to choose, I would go alone because an experience that is entirely your own will be a better teacher.