Travel can be complicated sometimes. There’s so much planning to do – where to go, how to get there, how much to spend, where to stay, do I need a visa, what shall I pack, and a thousand more questions punctuate every single trip that gets planned. Or at least I know they do for me.

Sometimes something that isn’t one of the thousand things to consider is who to travel with. Often it’s as simple as just knowing you’re going with your partner, family or trusty group of friends who you always travel with. You know that’s who you’re holidaying with and you don’t even need to think about it.

But who you travel with can be one of the most important decisions, and will shape absolutely every part of your travel experience.

I’ve travelled solo, with different groups of friends, with family, with Thomas, with my mum, with my dad and with people I haven’t met before (usually on blogging trips). With each different person or people I’ve travelled with I’ve had a completely different experience, even if I’ve been returning to a place I’ve visited before.
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When I travelled to Iceland with my parents and brother to celebrate my mum’s 60th birthday my brother convinced me to go caving and quad biking, things that I probably wouldn’t have done alone. They ended up being some of my favourite things about the trip that I wouldn’t have experienced them had my brother not been there to talk me into them.

When I travelled to Vietnam alone for a blogging trip I ended up meeting a tonne of fantastic new people who I probably wouldn’t have spoken to if I’d been travelling with friends or family, as I’d have been to busy talking to those I already knew and was with.

Other people help us see situations in a new way, push us to do new things and have new experiences that we might not do if we always travel alone or with our usual travel partner(s). That’s why I think it’s good to mix it up and travel with new people from time to time.

This allows us to see and experience places differently, even if we’ve been there before. Mixing things up might mean we try new activities we otherwise wouldn’t have, take different day trips we might not have pushed ourselves to do if we hadn’t had someone else there with us urging us to do it. Different people create different experiences and can really alter a trip.

Last month I got back from an amazing 10 day trip through Italy with my parents, brother, his girlfriend and Thomas, and we had so much fun! I did things I probably wouldn’t have done if I’d been travelling solo or just with Thomas and I’m grateful for that. I enjoyed showing my brother and Michelle my beloved Venice, as they’d never been there before and despite me having been there more than 10 times it forced me to see the city as a newcomer through their eyes. It made me appreciate how beautiful it is even more.

Next year Thomas and I have decided to go on holiday with some friends too. We’ve not booked anything yet but we’ve got a great group of friends who are up for going somewhere sunny, warm, relaxing and with good food. Perfect!

WHO TO TRAVEL WITH

I’ve kind of come to the end of this post and had a read through what I’ve already written and realised I’m rambling a lot about nothing in particular. I guess what I’m saying is, instead of just travelling with who you’re used to travelling with and *think* you should travel with, consider your other options.

Consider travelling solo or asking friends to join you. Think about travelling with your sibling(s), your work colleagues (if they’re also friends. It’s probably not a great idea to go on holiday with your boss!) and whoever else you enjoy spending time with. You might just find you have an incredible experience that wouldn’t have been the same otherwise and will want to travel with them again in future.

Do you always travel with the same group of people or do you like to mix it up a bit?