I normally only travel with my partner Billy but, last year I visited Romania as part of a group of six. These are the things I learnt…
Pro – Sharing the load
I guess it depends on what kind of trip you go on, we rented a mini bus and did a road trip, being in a group meant we could take turns on driving. So if someone was tired or if someone fancied a beer at lunch, there was always someone else willing to swap.
Con – Compromise
This is one is fairly obvious. Being in a group, everyone has different ideas on what they want to do/ where they want to go. There were occasions where there were things I would have liked to have done but didn’t get a chance and times where we did things that I could have skipped and wouldn’t have been that fussed.
Pro – Seeing new things
Compromising was at times mildly irritating but there were times where we went places that I wouldn’t have chosen to go of my own accord.
Con – Eating out
Me and Billy have similar tastes, so eating out is never usually a problem when we go away. Being in a group and having to accommodate six peoples dietary needs and personal preferences was sometimes tricky. If you visit a built up city, this may not be so much of a problem, but in small towns in Romania it became a little difficult.
Pro – there’s always a photographer on hand!
When travelling as a couple, we often end up having single photos of us or selfies, or very occasionally we may dare ask a stranger to take a photo of us. Travelling in a group means you get great photos without feeling like your pestering a stranger. We also gained a few candid shots which we wouldn’t have got without our friends.
Overall, I’m glad we did it. It was eye opening and entertaining but would I do it again? Not anytime soon, travelling in a couple works for us and that is just the way we like it.
I will do a post about Romania and where we visited soon!