No matter who you are, where you live or what you do, every person should have at least one significant traveling experience that they will remember for the rest of their life. Following the same schedule, you do every day can become monotonous, and you may not even realize it until you pack up your bags and leave for a vacation.
Changing your scenery has proven to be beneficial for your mental health in multiple ways. Also, long term travelling has many other valuable benefits. But what about the people who have never traveled before and have no experience? Or the ones that have had it, but it was not exactly what they expected it to be and caused them to swear off traveling forever? Lucky for them, there is a single solution that addresses all these issues - group traveling.
Traveling as a group may sometimes sound too stressful to keep up with, and undoubtedly has a few cons attached to it, but when we draft a list, the merits outweigh the demerits by a large margin. In this article, we will highlight the most wonderful of its advantages that will definitely change your mind.
1. Cost-Benefit Analysis:
If you are traveling in a group, companies will likely be more willing to give you lower prices for what you purchase. In addition to the lowered primary traveling expenses, you can also get better deals for activities, food, and beverages.
It is never a bad thing to be smart financially when it comes to planning a trip. This is especially beneficial for people who are on a tight budget but love to go globe-trotting, maximizing their experiences and making memories that will last them a lifetime. A simple Google search can instantly lead you to sites which can help you to get the best deals for a travel group.
2. Making New Friends:
There is no such time when making friends is not possible. Traveling in a group will make you socialize with people with whom you may not have conversed with on any typical day.
Traveling in a group creates friendships that are bonded by the fun memories you had on that trip. And what do you know, maybe you’ll even want to travel with one - or all - of them again! In this way, your journey will allow you to make new friends all over the world.
3. There is little chance of you getting lost:
When traveling as a group, there is little chance that you will get lost. Since you will always be surrounded by a bunch of people - some of them expert tourists and excellent at reading maps and figuring out where they are - you will never have to figure out your location on your own.
Getting to places such as the airport, bus stop, train station, or even the hotel becomes more accessible than it was ever before. Looking for places to eat or shop will also become easier, and you won’t have to have your nose in a map at all times, giving you a greater chance to truly experience the new world and culture around you.
To top it all off, a travel group has a tour guide who will pick you up, show you around to the places you want to go and give you the facts about the places you are sightseeing. If you have traveled to another country, it can naturally get difficult to navigate the trip with a language barrier. However, with the help of a competent tour guide by your side, that becomes a non-issue.
4. You do not have to take care of the details:
Often times, planning a trip can get as worrying and mentally taxing as the stressful routine you are trying to escape from at your workplace or school. But with group traveling, you can let go of all the frustrations, sit back, and relax to your maximum.
This is possible because when you are traveling with a group, your Tour Director will help you plan all your excursions ahead of time. It does not matter if you are planning a luxurious trip to Bali Island or looking for things to do in Springfield MA, the tour director assigned to your travel group is supposed to find you the most exciting activities that each tourist spot has to offer.
That being said, if you want to get the most out of your journeys, you should make sure to pick the best available group trip for yourself. As STA Travel points out: “There’s a group tour to fit nearly any traveler. Keep in mind while researching: the age group you’d like to travel with, your own activity level, and even the type of accommodation you’d prefer.”
5. Best Possible Itinerary:
Since the tour company has a vast experience in arranging travel groups to a particular destination, it is natural to expect that their itinerary will be far more efficient and cost-effective than anything you can manage to wrangle last minute. They have had tried and tested methods that have been proven to work smoothly countless times before. Thus, instead of taking a risk with your time and money and deciding to travel solo, it is best to trust the professionals and plan the trip with a group.
6. Getting Your Parent’s Or Guardian’s Approval:
If you are a student who is still living under their parent’s roof, it will be much easier to win them over with the idea of traveling in a group. They will be reassured that you will be safe in a large group and will not be wandering lost in a foreign city or country. Getting the green signal is also helped by the fact that the trip will be a lot easier on their - or your - pocket than a solo trip.
7. Pictures, Pictures, and Pictures!
In this day and age, it is impossible to go anywhere without having to take a million pictures. You know these will be the first thing that your friends and family will ask about as soon as you get back. Also, let’s face it: would you not want your Instagram to tell the beautiful and exciting tales of your travels?
Therefore, it is necessary to chronicle your travels in the form of something tangible. These are the memories that will always have a special place in your heart. As a solo traveler, most of the times you will have to awkwardly ask a passerby to take your picture. But when you decide to travel as a group, you automatically have multiple companions who will readily take a picture of you standing in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
8. Getting To See Places You Would Not On Your Own:
Another advantage that comes with traveling as a group is that you get to see places that you usually would not if you were traveling alone. As a group tour, you can get exclusive access to places, or even get to skip long lines! Your Tour Director can help you navigate efficiently so you can maximize the amounts of stops you can make.
The Final Word
It has been an age-long debate about which method of travel is better, solo traveling or group travel. Although solo travel definitely has its own benefits (like having a flexible schedule since you are the only one whose opinion matters) but group travel has a unique charm that cannot be beaten. As long as you are on time, follow the rules, and get to know your travel mates - you will remain a happy camper.
Comment down below if you believe there is more to the benefits of traveling in a group. If you think otherwise, tell us why you would prefer to make the trip alone, and what advantages solo traveling holds. Until next time, Bon Voyage!
Author Bio: Audrey Throne is the mother of a 3-year old and a professional blogger by choice. Throne is passionate about lifestyle, business, automotive, technology and management and blogs frequently on these topics.
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