Traveling solo may seem lonely, expensive and maybe a little scary to some people. But there are people who would prefer to travel alone. If you want to know if you’re suited for solo travel, here is a list of advantages and disadvantages:
• Freedom. Traveling with a companion is always an exercise in compromise, especially when you can’t agree with your companion on where to go and what to do. By traveling alone, you get to do what you want at your own time.
• Make new friends. When you’re traveling alone, you get to make new friends out of fellow travelers and locals. You might not be interested in striking up a conversation with strangers if you had a travel companion.
• Self-discovery. You can learn more about yourself when you’re on your own. Traveling solo can pluck you out of your comfort zone and you can understand yourself better; know what you want to do, where you want to go, and what interests you.
• Security. Traveling solo will make you feel alone and without someone you truly trust. You may feel vulnerable because you think no one has your back.
• Sharing experiences. You can tell stories of your travel adventures, and show pictures of where you’ve been but it’s not the same as having someone to share those experiences with.
• Expensive. Traveling alone can be more expensive than traveling with a group or a companion. You won’t have anyone with which to share bills for meals and accommodations. There are some places that charge “single supplement,” which can range from 25 to 100 percent of the overall cost.
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Even if you’re not a professional photographer, you still want to take great shots that bring justice to the beauty of the place you’ve traveled to. There’s so much beauty in the world and to experience it firsthand is a memory worth keeping. To ensure you get great photos of your travels, here are some simple tips:
Look up the place you’ll be visiting so you know what are the best locations for taking pictures. This doesn’t mean you’ll duplicate the shots that other people already took. You can also use postcards from the place as a reference or ask locals about spots where you can get an amazing view.
The best times for taking pictures are usually pre-dawn or early morning so a little sacrifice has to be made in order to avoid shooting in midday light. You can also shoot city landscapes in the early evening so you get a shot with all the lights on and with the help of a bit of light in the sky. It’s important to remember that lighting can make or break a photo.
Do something different
Many photographers will suggest that you “get off the beaten track,” which basically tells us to do something different. Whether this means you literally go on the road less traveled by or you just add your own creative flare to the famous landmarks, it is entirely up to you. If you choose the latter, you should experiment with new angles or different vantage points to get a really interesting never-been-done-before shot. It would be quite a challenge to accomplish this but well worth the effort.
Hi, I’m Riyesh Menon and I always look forward to getting out to see the world. Connect with me on Google+ to discover more ways to enjoy traveling.