Yes, the good old days. Remember those endless hours of fun? Just you, with your younger brother or sister, in the back of a car and nothing but the open road ahead of you. As you soaked up all the bothersome taunting (or your mom and dad’s mix CD from a bygone era) that you could handle until eventually you cracked, and so did you parents. Who then proceeded to give you a lecture on how to behave, or how they’ would “turn this car around”. If you’ve had a similar experience, I’m sorry. But, I hope to make you a group travel convert by the end of this as you cast aside all those unpleasant memories.
Whether you’ve never travelled in a group before, or have had the best of both (travelled solo and travelled with a group of people), group travel definitely has its perks. Travelling solo has grown in popularity in recent years (considered one of the travel trends for 2016) but group travel is still the most popular form of travel.
“Lead the way please.”
Even fictions’ greatest characters needed someone to show them the way. While I’m sure you won’t be scaling Mount Doom anytime soon to rid the world of ‘The One Ring’, it’s good to know that you have someone to show you the way. Whether it’s to tourist attractions, local restaurants or back home, after getting lost on a night out, your tour guide or gaggle of fellow travellers will be able to show you the way.
Friends for Life
Making friends is a little easier when travelling on a group tour. I mean you are travelling together, so you already have something in common with everyone. Shared experiences is the best way to build relationships, so you’ll be well on your way to making friends and forming bonds that will last a life time. No doubt you will see some amazing places and have unforgettable experiences, but it’s the people you will share these places and experiences with that will make all the difference.
Best of the Best
The tour company you travel with has usually done their homework and made mistakes along the way to give you the best a destination has to offer. Their schedules and itineraries have been refined over years of tours, from what works and doesn’t work, to give you the best experience possible. You could put together your own itinerary, but it would take weeks of research and reading, not to mention organising it yourself.
Take the Stress Out of Travelling
Something so good shouldn’t be so stressful… Should it? Travelling can be a bit stressful and daunting. From making sure that you have everything (minus the kitchen sink), to securing your visas, air tickets and transfers. There’s a lot to consider when getting ready for that trip of a lifetime. If you want to avoid your personal panic station and the grey hairs that come with it, then group travel is definitely the way to go. Everything is pretty much taken care of. All you need to do is to make sure you get yourself where you need to be and enjoy the ride.
You Can Drop the Weight of Expectations
Travelling alone means your experience is pretty much left in your own hands and this can sometimes leave a weight of expectations on your shoulders. Suddenly a relaxing trip away seems like a trial by fire which can make or break your existence – “I must have a good time. I must have a good time. I must have a good time”. Ease up and take a deep breath. When you’re travelling in a group, a lot of these expectations disappear and you can enjoy your experience a lot more.
Safety in Numbers
Anything can happen when travelling alone or in a group, but it’s good to know that you have safety in numbers. Granted the tour guide is not your mom or dad (and your fellow travellers are not your extended family), so they’re not there to coddle you, but it’s good to know that they’ve got your back in case something goes wrong.
Beat the Loneliness
Travelling alone has become quite romanticised, but truth is, it’s not for everyone. Some people feel anxious in their own company and other people need a group of travellers to get the best out of their travel experience. Loneliness comes with the territory of travelling solo and some people are able to handle it better than others. If you are not one of those people you can beat the loneliness and join a group tour.
If you’ve ever looked at the costs of travelling alone, then you’ve probably come across the term ‘single person supplement’. Solo travellers more often than not pay a bit more than group travellers. Group travel on the other hand means more discounts. Airfares, meals, accommodation and activities are cheaper when travelling in a group.
Travel itself is a great experience, but there are some experiences that are better when they are shared with someone else. For nervous first time travellers, group travel offers you a stress free experience with memories a plenty.