Are you unsure whether a group trip or group travel is for you? Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or traveling for the first time, group travel has many benefits that should be considered for your next trip. Here are 7 reasons why taking a group trip may be the best decision you ever made.
What is a group trip?
An organised trip is where you get to meet a group of travelers who booked the same trip. These trips often include a local guide, trip leader, accommodation, activities, etc. The great thing about group trips is that everything is planned for you. All you have to worry about is signing up and enjoying the travel experience!
Why take an organised group trip?
Let me ask you these questions.
- Do you get overwhelmed or hate planning trips?
- Are you tired of waiting for people to travel with you? Or maybe you don’t have any friends that want to travel to the same place as you?
- Do you want to tick off bucket list destinations?
- Do you want to meet like-minded individuals?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, a group trip is a great option for you. However if you need more convincing let’s dive into the 7 reasons why group travel is for you.
Gain New Life Experiences & Creating Memories
Group travel will allow you to gain new perspectives and create lifelong memories. Every day you’ll be pushing yourself a little bit outside of your comfort zone. From trying new things and navigating the language barrier to adjusting to different climates. Through a group trip, you’ll have the support of your group and also create memories with people that want to travel just like you! Don’t get me wrong solo traveling is an empowering experience. However, it is always great to share travel experiences with someone.
Beyond exploring the place you’ll be visiting you’ll gain a greater understanding of stories from people around the world on the trip. Whether it’s learning about the locals or your fellow group trip members. You’ll get insight into their personal stories from their upbringing, respective countries, and also where they have traveled. After the group trip, you’ll be leaving with stories and memories to share. You’ll be reminiscing with lifelong friends from all over the world. Maybe meeting up years later or looking back through old photos and videos. Sharing a travel experience is something that you can’t replicate.
Meet Like-Minded People
You’ll have the ability to experience the destination authentically, with a group of like-minded people, as you travel off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the local culture.
Maybe you want to travel but you can’t get a single friend back home to go with you. In this day in age, it’s really hard for people to match up schedules with friends especially if you’re working full-time. Whether you’re a solo traveler or want to go with a group of friends group trips allow you to expand your travel network and go on a fun adventure. You’ll be joined by fellow travelers from around the world looking to expand their social network of like-minded travelers. What’s even better is that everything is planned for you. Think of it as stress-free travel – all the tough work is done for you. The itinerary, local transport, airport transfers, accommodation, resources, and recommendations are all covered. All you need to do is show up and start exploring.
Safety in Numbers
Going on a group trip offers an extra sense of security for your travels. Maybe you’re a bit apprehensive about traveling solo or visiting a country that is a little out of your comfort zone. As a female solo traveler, it’s also a different experience to travel by yourself. Wherever in the world you travel to you’ll need to consider your safety.
The two great benefits of a group trip are that you’ll most likely be traveling in decent numbers giving you that support network of traveling to places that are a bit daunting to travel solo or at later times of the day. You won’t have to worry about searching for safe accommodation or feel stranded without the assurances of where to go. Additionally, your local guide will also know the ins and outs of the country you’ll be visiting. You’ll be given the insider scoop on the places to avoid, what valuables to leave behind, and other priceless information.
Make friends for life
Maybe you never got the chance to study or work abroad. Group travel is a great option to connect with people from all around the world. You’ll get to discover their personal stories, respective countries, and where they have traveled to and also have the opportunity to share your travel experiences with someone.
One of the biggest shortcomings of solo travel is experiencing it alone and not having that support network whilst traveling. Whether it’s getting someone to take your photos, watching your bags when you need to dash to the toilet, or figuring out the local transport. Sharing the adventure with people allows you to gain more than travel experience but also make those connections with people around the world. Maybe you’ll be arranging meet-ups years down the road or looking back at old videos or photos about that time you got lost on the train. Sharing those travel adventures with others and making those lifetime connections is priceless.
I’ve been lucky to study abroad in Japan and work in South Korea and be connected with people around the world. I’ll always look back on the memories I’ve shared on my travels. From hiking up a mountain at the crack of dawn or taking the wrong train twice. These will be the funny memories to look back on when I’m older. To this day I’m still in touch with a lot of my friends I met years ago, from all over the world. Another great thing is that if I ever visit these people they’ve let me stay at their place or shared some recommendations for a destination.
Now, you might be wondering ‘who goes on group trips?’ To be honest I used to think that group travel was mainly used by older generations. However, I’ve seen so many people in their 20s and 30s and solo travelers opting for group trips because of their shared interests in traveling more but also making those lifetime connections.
Save Planning & Time (Stress-Free)
If you go on a group trip you won’t have to worry about planning any of the logistics of travel.
Are you the type of person that hates planning the logistics for traveling or you’re busy working long hours to organize it yourself? Booking a group trip can save you hours of research and planning both before and during your trip. From the itinerary, accommodation, activities, and schedule, group trips organize all of this for you. All you need to worry about is booking your flights, packing your bags, and showing up. The charm of group trips is that it relieves all stress and saves you hours of research.
This allows you to just enjoy your holiday. Did you know group trips also include a local guide that will show you insider tips about the country you won’t be able to find from anyone else?
Authentic & Local Experience
You’ll get to experience the destination authentically as you travel off the beaten path to immerse in the culture and meet the locals. Group trips have a local guide expert to show you around and get inside tips about the places you’ll be visiting. This includes insider recommendations and information on hidden gems, expert tips, and local spots that the typical tourist would never know about. If you want to avoid the tourist traps this is a great option for you. Or maybe you’re concerned about navigating the language barrier of the country? Having a local guide through group travel will help in those tricky situations involving the language barrier. You’ll get the chance to have some good chats about local culture or anything you’re interested in and get your questions answered by a local.
If you’re a traveler that still wants some downtime on your travels here’s some good news. Some group trips will set aside space in the itinerary for downtime for your own explorations. Maybe you want to wander solo with your camera or people-watch at a restaurant or cafe. Group trips provide the best of both worlds for solo time to experience a destination at your own pace but also the chance to experience it with others.
How To Book A Group Trip
Whenever you research group trips there are a few considerations to have in mind for your travels.
- Consider the type of trip you’re interested in and what kind of traveler you are. Do you prefer a structured plan or more flexibility?
- What do you want in terms of comfort? Would you like a laid-back environment or are you interested in a party atmosphere? Are you interested in budget accommodation or a luxury stay?
Where To Book A Group Trip
In conclusion, there are so many reasons to take a group trip. From the people you’ll meet, to the hassle-free planning, group travel offers something for everyone. If you’re considering traveling solo or want an in-built group of explorers you should consider taking a group trip.
Are you looking for a group trip for 2024? I’m hosting a group trip to South Korea in April and would love for you to join!
If you’re still a bit unsure about booking a fully planned group trip, you can opt for group activities for your travel.
Group activities are a great option if you want more flexibility and freedom to plan your itinerary but also wanted to have that local and shared travel experience.
Feel free to comment on your thoughts on group travel. Have you been on a group trip? What was your favorite part?
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