Traveling is one of the most fantastic ways to spend your time. The thought of seeing the world and experiencing the unknown is top of mind for many people. When you finally decide it’s time to venture out to a foreign land, the question arises whether to travel solo, or with a group. So what are the benefits of group travel? Let's find out...
There are definite benefits to both options. As an introvert I was sure traveling with a group would not be for me. Boy was I wrong. Group travel is amazing and something I hope to do many times in the future. Here are a few of the reasons why.
Everything is taken care of for you
This is a big one! All of the particulars are taken care of for you. Planning a trip can be difficult, especially if you’re venturing to a place where you don’t speak the language. Traveling with a group and a Tour Director means all of the details are taken care of for you. You don’t have to worry about booking flights or hotels. And even more exciting is that with a group and Tour Director, all of the excursions are well planned out ahead of time. So you get to sit back and enjoy the trip. Also, when traveling in a group with a Tour Director, if there are any hiccups along the way, there is someone knowledgeable to figure things out and get everything back on track.
Create lifelong friendships
Travel gives people experiences and memories that are felt deep in the soul. When you set out on a grand adventure with a group of people, immediate bonds are formed. You won’t become best friends with everyone on your trip, in fact you might find some people pretty annoying. However, you will come across those few, or more, people who will become your travel buddies, wine drinking buddies, adventure buddies, and the experiences you have together will create relationships that last a lifetime.
Do things you couldn’t do on your own
You’ll get to see and do things you might not have been able to do on your own. Whether it’s skipping the line at a museum or getting exclusive access to an area that is generally off limits, being with a group and a Tour Director means you’ll not only hit all the high points and must see places of your destination, but you’ll experience hidden gems that you wouldn’t have known about, or had access to, on your own.
Practicality of group rates. Whether it’s airfare, lodging, food or adventures, groups will always get better rates than individuals. This is a no brainer if you want to experience everything a destination has to offer, and do it without breaking the bank.
Safety in numbers
There is safety in numbers. You will need to think about safety no matter where you travel. No one wants to think anything will go wrong on a vacation, but that’s not the reality and being prepared is your best defense in tough situations. Traveling with a group means you have a “pack”. Think of a wolf pack. They travel together and protect one another. Traveling alone isn’t inherently dangerous, but traveling with a group means built in safety and protection. You can think of the Tour Director as the alpha wolf in the pack, always there to lead the group and make sure everyone stays safe and happy.
So there you have it, 5 benefits to traveling with a group. I loved it, I really think you will too.