FEA­TURE: THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL

GO­ING ON A SOLO TRIP CAN BE DAUNT­ING, BUT ARE YOU WILL­ING TO PUT YOUR FRIEND­SHIP ON THE LINE BY GO­ING ON A HOLIDAY WITH YOUR BFFS? IF YOU’RE IN A DILEMMA AS TO WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU, HERE’S WHAT TAMMY CHAN AND A FEW OTH­ERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT TRAVELLIN

Female (Malaysia) - - FEMALE NOVEMBER 2018 -

Find out the pros and cons when it comes to trav­el­ling solo and with a group of friends.

SCE­NARIO 1

You have a bag in each hand and you’re lin­ing up to or­der at the air­port cafe. You look around and see that most of the ta­bles are taken. There’s a fam­ily get­ting up to leave, you’re tempted to run over to take their seat, but you can’t be­cause you need to se­cure your spot in line. Af­ter order­ing, you strate­gise try­ing to bal­ance the tray of food since both your hands are al­ready full. That’s when you wish you weren’t trav­el­ling alone be­cause oth­er­wise, you’d have some help, some­one to guard your bags when you need to go to the toi­let or look for seats at a restau­rant.

SCE­NARIO 2

You’re ex­cited to go out and ex­plore but there’s one thing hold­ing you back – your friend who’s late. You de­cide to let it go de­spite it not be­ing the first time it’s hap­pened. When you’re both fi­nally out and din­ing at a cafe, she re­veals that she’s no longer fi­nan­cially com­fort­able to spend so much. You start to won­der why wasn’t this brought up ear­lier and you try to ac­com­mo­date by shar­ing your food with her. You stare at your plate as she fin­ishes the meal and you wish you were trav­el­ling alone be­cause then you won’t have to feel guilty nor will you have to com­ply to an­other per­son’s needs but your own.

Been there, done that? I cer­tainly have. I con­stantly strug­gle be­tween want­ing to travel alone and go­ing on the trip of a life­time with my BFFs. I like hav­ing free­dom, my me-time and be­ing in­de­pen­dent but I also en­joy the com­pany, the sup­port and the mem­o­ries trav­el­ling with a group would pro­vide. Heck, my favourite trip to date was with a group of friends! That said, I also wasn’t alone for my least favourite trip ei­ther.

So which one is right for you? Well, it def­i­nitely de­pends on who you are as a per­son, where you’re vis­it­ing and what your trip is about. Are you able to have fun by your­self and take risks when you’re alone? Are you look­ing to un­wind or are you crav­ing a fun-filled ad­ven­ture with your gal pals? You know your an­swer best.

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