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Posted by nerja on 2/11/2011 at 00:08

Sometimes I wonder if it´s better to be on your own or having some company, I suppose that depends of the company.
On the other hand some people are great as friends, but a nightmare as travel companion.
Maybe it´s better travelling with strangers...??
Any advise or suggestion?

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Posted by altmtl on 2/11/2011 at 01:05

I'd say plain to do the trip on your own and if you happen to meet people along the way that you "click with" then stay with them for a while... some people just have bad habits, are not responsible, they can also be quite high maintenance. Picky eaters, people who need air con all the time, can't be alone for 5 min., etc. Sometimes I'd just rather be alone than with someone annoying just to save on costs $

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Posted by nerja on 2/11/2011 at 01:55

I agree 100%, once I went on holiday with a friend and after that trip we are not talking anymore....but I really think my travel patner at the time is a great person, since that I feel guilty and sad, I am afraid to plan a trip with someone else and same thing happen.

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Posted by tyler on 2/11/2011 at 07:07

I have done both and totally prefer traveling alone. Like the previous comments - it is nice to meet some "like" people and chill with them for a while. There is a guiltless parting when one or both of you have had enough.
If you plan the trip with a friend be prepared to compromise and do a few things that you might normally pass on.

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Posted by caseyprich on 2/11/2011 at 08:48

I’ve done a lot of ‘traveling alone’ that doesn’t end up being alone at all – usually find people to hang out with around a table for the evening and sometimes to tag along with for a few days. However, now I like to travel with a good friend as it gives you someone to throw ideas across, someone to reflect with, and someone to share the memories with after the trip is complete. It’s a hell of a bonding experience to travel around Thailand or Southern Laos with someone for three weeks. Anyway, as Suzuki Roshi said about marriage, it is the best way to train oneself for non-attachment, as you have to give up your own thoughts.

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