In 2016, I went on my first ever solo trip. To be honest with you, it was kind of a last minute decision, one day I was feeling really bored so I opened Skyscanner to look up flights (who else does that?) and next thing I knew, flights to Zadar, Croatia were booked. I only stayed there for a couple  of days but I had always wanted to see what it felt like, even for a short time, to go to a country you had never been before, where people spoke a different language and without anyone by your side.

Quite the challenge.

I had seen so many people doing it, I had read so many articles on travel blogs about it and it inspired me to try it myself. And I wasn't scared nor nervous of the thought of travelling solo - I was confident that I could do it and that everything would be okay. I was just really excited to visit this new place.

So I arrived in Croatia. I got in a taxi, checked into the hotel, explored Zadar by myself, ate by myself, visited tourist places by myself, went island-hopping by myself (I mean, with a group of people but I didn't know anyone) and did pretty much everything by myself.

I did it, and I loved it! 

When you're travelling solo, you get to choose what YOU want to do. You have no one there to decide for you. If you want to try that crappy but cheap restaurant because you're on a budget and you want to keep your money for that super cool expensive museum tomorrow, then do that! No one is there to tell you otherwise. It's your money, your time, your activities, your trip.

When you're travelling solo, I feel like you're more open to meeting other people because, well, you're alone and it's always great to meet fellow travellers. In Zadar I actually met an Australian guy who was travelling solo all over Europe, and he made my trip 10 times better (and less lonely) because we hung out in the evenings to tell each other about our adventures of the day. I remember when we first met, it was like we could sense the other person was travelling solo too and that's probably why we instantly got along. The power of travel. And I'm 100% sure we wouldn't have crossed paths if I hadn't been there on my own!

So yes, I loved travelling solo and I'll do it again. But...

I realised that when travelling solo, you have no one to share the good or bad moments with. And it's hard. I didn't feel alone in Zadar nor did I get bored, I was always doing something and I truly enjoyed visiting this beautiful city on my own.

But if something funny happens on a trip, you're the only one who experiences it and who laughs about it. If something bad happens, yes you have to figure it out on your own and you learn to take care of things yourself which is great - but no one was there to see it and experience it with you. No one can truly understand the feeling, no one can laugh about it with you months later. You have no one to share the memories with.

And here's the thing: I want to be able to share the good, the bad, the funny, the sad, the emotional, and the inspirational moments with someone else. I want to be able to text someone and be like "remember that time and how funny it was? It was such a great moment."

Adventures are better when shared. 

So I absolutely loved that trip. And I'm definitely going to travel solo again in the future, that's for sure. But I think I prefer to travel with other people... Travel always teaches you something, and in that case, travel taught me that I liked exploring places with other people more than I liked doing it alone. And that's totally okay!

Do you prefer travelling solo or in a group? Let me know in the comments, I'd love your opinion on this!