I’ve had a fairly mixed bag went it comes to travel arrangements. For the last numbers of years I’ve tried a variety of combinations from going solo to cruisin’ in groups of 2, 3, 4, even 5 people (messy).
Today we’re going make comparisons between:
- Going solo
- Travelling as a duo (2 people)
- Travelling as a trio or quartet. (3 or 4 people)
When it comes to hooking up and having fun, they all have their pros and cons. Let me share some wisdom…
Travelling alone requires a little more prep work but if you make the effort there’s no doubt going solo is a great way to get laid or ‘flag‘ while travelling. Firstly, you can pipeline and set up plenty of dates online, spending your nights wooing local honeys. Secondly, you are more flexible on how long you stay in a city, so if the going good you can stick around.
That said, what you gain in flexibility you lose in social proof. It’s harder to game girls at night if you’re riding dolo. This is especially true in the developed world, where your status as a Westerner means nothing. If you hit the ground cold and haven’t pipelined, consider hostelling as you can garner a possie and also pickup horny backpackers. Heading out with your new possie will increase social proof, allow you to meet more people and have more fun.
Solo travel tends to more expensive. Sometimes it’s lonely and you have nobody to share your experiences with. That said, travelling alone offers you the best possible chances of meeting locals & getting into situations most bizarre, random and rewarding. You become more open to new experiences.
Unique Personal Experiences of Solo Travel:
- Living in a hut with a Cambodian Marijuana Farmer
- Couchsurfing in Belarus.
- Celebrating Kosovo’s first birthday having been dragged there by the Norwegian chick I met in Bucharest.
- Living in a cute Filipina’s apartment near Manila.
- Dating different women every night in Moldova.
- Waking up in a third world country robbed of my possessions and any memory of the night before.
Travelling as a Duo
IMPORTANT: Choose your travel buddy wisely! It can make or break a friendship.
It’s good to have a friend to share your memories with. A friend is especially comforting if you’re undertaking challenging trips with long journeys, travelling in dry countries with zero nightlife and girls. Pairing up is also cheaper than going solo.
Many would argue two people is the perfect number for pulling chicks. From my experience, this is only true if your travel companion is as chica-orientated as you. Crusin’ with a good wingman can dramatically increase your chances at pulling chicks at night, but if your travel buddy is the type to be bed by 10pm because he’s want to get to the muesum early, you’re going to have problems.
You tend to pipeline and date less when travelling with a friend. Abandoning your friend every night to meet women made strain your friendship (unless he’s doing the same thing). You’re more likely to try pick up at night. If you got decent game, this is more fun than dating anyway. It’s requires no effort before the trip as you can just play in by year. If you must pipeline, consider arranging double dates and share the love with your buddy.
With two people, randomness may be reduced somewhat as comprises must be made. You are less likely to ditch your mate and end up shacking up with a local for example. On the other hand, if the other person is just as reckless, the synchronised testosterone and false sense of security provided by a companion could lead to a healthy dose of danger and experiences most ridiculous.
Unique Personal Experiences of Travelling as a Duo:
- Hitch-hiking through the Sudanese desert
- International Drug Smuggling
- Illegal Border jumping
- Entering active warzones
- Double dating in strange countries and high-fiving the morning after.
- Again, waking up in a third world country robbed of your possessions and any memory of the night before.
Travelling as a Trio or Quartet
Travelling with three or four people is seriously fun and offers you plenty of variety. You bring the party with you so social proof is through the roof where ever you go. Trios and Quartets work wonders for party destinations, especially in Europe.
If you are arrive somewhere where the nightlife is poor and girls are in short supply, your friends may become competition. That said, the good thing you can date more when travelling with a group then travelling as a duo. You won’t be missed as much… trust me this is a serious advantage.
Travelling with 4 people also as works out really cheap and you can rent your own apartment. All in all, the group experience is priceless for fostering fraternal bonds and offering shared memories that last a life time.
Randomness is lower than travelling solo or as a duo. You are less likely to interact with locals and have an ‘authentic’ cultural experience. However, this can be counteracted by pre-planned calculated randomness. You need to get creative.
Unique Personal Experiences of Travelling as a group:
- Constant pranks, laughter and silliness
- Splashing out on cool apartments and inviting chicks back to house parties.
- Taking a 4 man dugout canoe and rowing to a deserted island for a session.
- A 24 night pub crawl dressed as Mexican Pirates in the Balkans.
- Creating a 4-four-part harmony Barber shop song to introduce yourselves, complete with dance moves.
- More one night stands from cold approaching.
Mix it up!!!
As I mentioned, any more than 4 can get messy. To be honest, I think the best thing one could do is try every possible combination and see what works for you.
My friend and fellow adventurer Danny boy insists a duo offers the best comprise.
For me, I value the crazy experiences and personal growth offered by solo travel, but love the sheer enjoyment of a non-stop partying with a group. I still get laid either way, but I’ve had to learn how to adjust my game accordingly.
Life is about balance.
Every year I make sure I do one solo trip, one duo and one group. And you know what – it’s all good!!!
What’s your experience of Solo vs Buddy Travel?