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Friends with benefits: seven reasons why traveling with someone beats flying solo

written by Intrepid Travel June 30, 2015

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Travelling solo is a fine thing. You get to look all independent and adventurous on social media, and there are no compromises when it comes to nap time. But over the last few decades we’ve found that travelling in a group, or with a bunch of your friends, comes with a few perks of its own. If you’re someone whose life’s motto is ‘Have friend, Will travel’, then luck also is your friend. Because friends and travel make for one mighty fine partnership. Here are seven reasons why.

Friends forever means sharing earbuds. Image magellano, Flickr

Friends forever means sharing earbuds. Image magellano, Flickr

 1. Purchasing power

Travel isn’t usually something one thinks to buy up in bulk, yet there are some serious savings to be had in travelling with another. Cab fares for example. Do your math right and they should end up costing half the price if there’s two of you; a third if there’s three. Splitting the cost of a double room will often end up cheaper than would renting a single one. And with more gray matter floating around in the build-up, that’s more eyes and ears to be on the look-out for those cheap airfare deals.

2. Flying non-solo

Long airport layovers are pretty lame at the best of times, but without any company they can be outright horrendous. Play cards together. Play I-spy together. Play Thumb Wars together. Play ‘You take a nap while I stay awake and make sure no one steals our stuff’ together. And then, when that gets boring, play ‘You look after your own goddamn stuff you sleepy bastard, I’m going to go get drunk on those Duty Free scotch samplers’ together.

3. I love those crazy things you make me do

Sometimes, in trying to summons the courage to try out a new experience, it helps to have a trusted companion on hand to offer that little proud of encouragement that could make all the difference. Maybe they’ll be the comforting cushion waiting to catch your fall. Maybe they’ll just threaten to tell everyone back home you were a massive scaredy-cat if you don’t. Either way, peer pressure can be a great motivator for trying out new things.

4. Sharing is caring

Sharing and sharing alike would surely have to be the golden rule of travel. In addition to making available to you the benefits of something you don’t actually own – or do own but forgot to bring – it can start cement friendships and trust. All in all, sharing is looked upon as a thing virtuous and valiant to do. But it does rather rely on there being someone to do it with. Get yourself one of those someones and benefit from their clothing, photos, books, sunscreen, meals, memories and money.

Sunsets look better with friends. Image Jarred Decker, Flickr

Sunsets look better with friends. Image Jarred Decker, Flickr

5. Like attracts like; Friends attract friends

‘Two’s company, three’s even better company’ goes something like the saying. And when it comes to attracting friends, nothing helps like already having one. There are two reasons for this. The first is that you and already-attained friend can demonstrate to potential friends what a riot your friendship is by playing Thumb Wars in a loud and fun manner. The second is that already having a friend in tow demonstrates to strangers that you are not a psycho – and thus well worth hanging out with. Even if you’re someone who has no issues strutting up to strangers, introducing yourself and bantering away until you’re besties, having a buddy to do this with can only help things along.

6. Safety in numbers

‘One not very safe, two or more extremely safe’ goes something like another saying, maybe. A good friend should be able to pull you out of quicksand. A good friend should be able to wrestle a crocodile. A good friend should be able to stop you from walking when the green man isn’t flashing and know the antidotes to any number of poison darts. Get a good friend like your life depended on it. Because, one fine traveling day, it just might.

7. Mad skills

Simply put, skills open up possibilities. You’re not going to be able to converse with the locals if you don’t speak their language – but you will if your friend does. Your friend’s not going to get that poncho they want if they’re no good at haggling – but they just might if you are. Alarm-setting, pre-planning and map-reading skills wielded by either of you will ensure the both of you getting the most out of your days away. So get the most out of your days away: phone a friend and find out what skills they’re packing. The very best kind of adventuring awaits you both…

Feature image c/o Ted McGarth, Flickr 


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Carolyn August 6, 2015 - 2:21 am

What is the average age of the people who use Intrepid Travel?

Intrepid Admin August 10, 2015 - 9:56 am

Hey Carolyn,

The average age of our passengers is mid-30s, but it depends a lot on the trip style and destination. People of all ages travel with us and on any given trip you might find ages ranging from 18-75 and over!

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.

n July 12, 2015 - 9:12 pm

It depends on the friend. I have several close friends who I world never dream of traveling with. I am naturally introverted and traveling with someone would allow me to stay within my comfort zone… particularly if the travel buddy was more introverted than I. I thought I didn’t want to travel alone but at one point the options were to travel alone or miss seeing the things I wanted (the person I was going to travel to NYC with chose to go with get comfort zone of older friends and go to DC). I’m actually really glad I went alone. I went to two cities I wouldn’t otherwise have visited, did things that I’m pretty sure my friend wouldn’t have done (edge walk on the cn tower) and made a new friend whilst stranded sure to an epic hurricane. We were comfortable enough to share a room after a few days to save $. If I had been with someone else, I know I would never have made this connection – it would have been too easy to keep to myself. I was never lonely whilst traveling NYC because I somehow found people talking to me (many also from aus) and I even managed to find people to share a taxi with.

Anonymous August 6, 2015 - 1:51 am

Couldn’t agree more. So many times you focus so much on being in a group or with a travel partner that you don’t open up to the locals or other travelers. As for #2, I find that not having someone who knows me helps me be more spontaneous and take risks since no one knows you. Maybe someday I’ll find a good friend or partner that will be travel-compatible with me – but for now I’m glad to go it alone or pick up like-minded solo travelers for parts of my trip.


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