Solo travelling has taken off like never before. Nowadays both men and women are jetting off in pursuit of solo travel adventures oppose to bunching together in a group. It is the new in thing and by the looks of social media, this is a trend that is most definitely here to stay. But the perks of having a travel buddy is just as good as travelling alone.

The perks of having a travel buddy

I am all here for it, even though I am yet to jet off solo. Yes, if you did not know, I am a solo travel virgin. I know, I know, I know I need to get out there and just do it. But there are so many reasons why I haven’t done it. So before you start to tell me all the reasons WHY I should travel solo. Let me tell you about the perks that come with travelling with one

1. Two heads are always better than one

It is no secret that by yourself you are a movement. But like the saying goes you are more of a force when there are two of you together. I most definitely agree because when my travel buddy and I put our superpowers together it’s lit. I do not know what I would do if I did not have a travel buddy, because they are literally the brains behind the operations.

When it comes to finding the best place to stay, planning the itinerary and navigating around it definitely helps to have another person on board to help you figure things out. Together you both have different strengths that help you to bounce off each other. I assure you that you can never go wrong with having more brain power when you travel.

The perks of having a travel buddy
Slaying & Sightseeing in Barcelona – August 2018

2.Those bomb ass pictures

In Rome earlier this year I nearly got kicked out of St Peters Basilica at Vatican city.  I was doing the absolute most. There I was sprawled out on the antique flooring trying to capture those money shots for Tiff. Looking back now, that was totally inappropriate but hey I did what I had to do to get the best pictures.

Now I know most solo travellers use a tripod to capture their pictures, but nothing can compare to the fun you both will have during those mini photo-shoots. Not to mention all of the lovely pictures that you two will get to add to your collection of memories. It definitely beats relying on the photography skills of complete strangers who just don’t know your angles.

The perks of having a travel buddy
Ziplining at Diamonte Eco Park – Costa Rica 2017

3.Cost effective

Jetting off with your travel buddy will most certainly save you some coins boo. It is no secret that when you divide the costs between two people, things work out slightly cheaper. Whether it is for a double room in a hotel or an entire Air BnB apartment, booking with a travel buddy will bring those costs down.

In Costa Rica, Aaliyah’s and I saved much more money booking our excursions as a pair. Splitting travel expenses for things like transport and food help a great deal. But don’t shoot the messenger, grab a buddy, book a trip and see for yourself.

The perks of having a travel buddy
Playas De Coco Beach – Costa Rica 2017

4.You will never feel lonely with a travel buddy 

I love my own company but I just also happen to love being in the company of someone else when I travel. I personally find it to be very comforting. I love being able to turn around at any time to strike up a quick conversation, catch some joke or just have a random moment. There also is this sense of safety and security between you and them. It feels good just knowing that you have a familiar face who is close by.

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All smiles at Trevi Fountain – Rome 2018

5.Create life long memories

The amounts of memories that I have created with my travel buddies over the years all hold a little special place in my heart. Memories do not live like people do, as they are powerful and most importantly they live on forever. There is nothing like doing something amazing on holiday and having someone there to experience that with.

I find it hard to imagine what some of my past travel experiences would have been like if I did not have my travel buddy to experience it with me. There are some memories in life that are supposed to be experienced with others and travelling is definitely one of them.

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Snapchatting before seeing Drake – Berlin 2017

6.Stronger friendships

Spending a significant amount of time with someone will make, break or strengthen the relationship. In my experience, most of my relationships have flourished for the better. Whilst travelling you really get the chance to learn much more about the other person and discover things about them that you probably never knew.

The time you spend together will most definitely change the way you see each other, ultimately creating a deeper bond. Worst case scenario the relationship could be completely ruined but hopefully, it does not comes down to that lol.

Having fun in Kiko – Miami 2016


So to conclude…

For me, a Travel buddy is just as good as having a romantic partner and in my experience, they have been better for me than my ex-partners. Don’t believe me? read my post break up travel series. I can definitely say that I have been able to enjoy the perks of travelling in a pair and I plan to do more of these trips come 2019. Some of my best moments within the last two years have happened with my travel buddies.

With everything in life there are the pros and the cons. The pros of a Travel buddy will always outweigh the cons by a long shot. I am not a major fan of large travel groups but I will always be down to jet off on a new adventure with a plus one. All of the travels buddies that I have had over the last few years are unique in their own way and they all bring something different to the table.

Once there is a level of respect, understanding, love and strong communication between the both of you, the travels will most definitely be LIT. Travelling in a pair has been such a positive experience for me and with each new travel adventure, it just gets better and better. I am yet to have a dodgy experience and I pray that I never EVER have to, lol

Who are you taking on your next trip boo?

I sure hope I have done a good job of convincing you to consider getting yourself a travel buddy. If you need some tips on how to choose one let me know and I will post my 10 traits of a good Travel Buddy.

Anyway enough about me, I want to hear from you, my #JWVreaders. Have you travelled with a buddy before? if so was it a good or bad experience? Tell me everything in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter @Jennasworldview

Stay Blessed

Lots of Love