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Default Traveling in a solo vehicle vs a convoy

After seeing a post on this site recently, I thought I would ask the question.... Do you prefer to travel solo (on your own or with your own pax) in a single vehicle as opposed to a convoy or multi vehicle party?

There are pros and cons of each. Personally, the freedom of being able to do anything without waiting for consensus or group think is key for going single vehicle. My pax are easy going. Travelling with young kids, you need that flexibility to change plans at short notice.

Although, the downside of going solo vehicle is the safety aspect, especially bogs and breakdowns, such risks can be mitigated with UHF radios, satellite phones and common sense.

There is a growing trend on YouTube of solo travelling vloggers that detail their journeys in incredible video capture, exercising caution on the trails, and there are others that push the boundaries of their machines, popping axles, or other important bits in a convoy or group.

I much prefer to settle in remote campsites or to have my own space with high self sufficiency than to go and pitch tent directly beside someone else. On one trip in 1996, I recall that I was one of three people, (with two other family members) beached on the shoreline of Halligan Bay (Lake Eyre) for 36 hours. It was an incredible feeling knowing that the nearest human was as far away as William Creek.

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I travel solo 80% of the time, I go to very remote places looking for gold and I don’t want to share.

You just need to be a bit sensible about what you drive over and personal safety.

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I do plenty of solo camping, except for having the dog along. When I was much younger I did a lot of solo motor bike bush trips, so being in a 4WD is a lot easier to look after oneself. Nothing worse than being out camping & having a group show up & decide to set up 3' from you. If you have problems you need to have the ability to sort them out. I think doing outward bound as a teen helped & later some survival training has headed me that way. Growing up a long time ago has taught me not to be dependent on technology.
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I travel mostly with my wife, her brother and his wife in their Colorado and as much fun as we all have together as we all get on well, I do prefer when it's just my wife and myself.

With a single vehicle we can travel at our own pace and stay where we want for as long as want without having to bring it up in a commitee.
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