Deciding whether to travel solo around South Australia or as part of a group tour is one decision not to be taken lightly, and one only you can make. So before you decide what’s right for you, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of both options.
Travelling alone can be both incredibly rewarding and exhausting, sometimes in equal measure. Flying solo means you have total freedom to develop your own travel itinerary and have those chance encounters and adventures that may be harder to have when travelling as part of a group. If you arrive somewhere, love it and decide to stay a few days longer, it’s easy, because you are your own boss. Also, solo travellers are a bunch that tend to recognise each other, so if you rock up in a new hostel or bar it’s pretty easy to notice a fellow adventurer and strike up a conversation and share a beer while swapping travel stories. These chance encounters are often the best part of travelling alone.
But for all the great things about solo travel, it is often a hard slog. Being your own guide means you have to research where-ever you are headed in great detail before you go. You are the only one planning your day so if you don’t make the right decisions, you will miss out. There is only so much the internet and a guidebook can tell you about a place. You are also responsible for sorting out any logistical issues that come up, so that lost train ticket or missed bus is now your problem instead of someone else’s. Not a great way to spend your time.