In the world of the internet there is one word that can become very apparent early on and it is “Rabbit Hole”. The task of even planning a trip or multicountry trip can become not only daunting but increasingly frustrating. This is where group travel or touring might appeal. The changes in tours and or groups have changed with the times and if you think slow well put your tennis shoes on and lets go for a ride. Group Travel and Tours can be a fantastic way to see an area with as little effort as possible and you meet great people along the way who you may develop life long friendships with. Group travel might not be for everyone but for those that are interested there definitely is a lot of bang for your buck. Someone has done everything for you and you never needed to jump down that “Rabbit Hole”.
In group touring the planning is done for you and the only thing you need to do is show up (with tennis shoes), choose your extras which could be an extra event not included with the tour (most are amazing), and plan your free time. Hotels, transfers, entrance fees to destinations, sightseeing and travel is all included. No need for the stress of trying to figure out logistics as most of it is taken care of by your travel agent and the tour company.
Transportation is completely taken care of from picking you up at the airport to the various modes that might occur throughout your trip. In Venice for instance you may be taken to a loading area by a coach bus and then transferred on to a more common form of transport in Venice some type of water craft. Changing cities? No problem it’s all handled by the tour company
Every detail to make your life a little easier is organized for you. You only have to show up and meet your group at the designated meeting point. Usually a casual dinner at the hotel restaurant where everyone get’s to meet and you are introduced to your tour guide.
Food and Beverage most of your breakfast are included and you usually will have several dinners that will also be part of your package. If you are changing cities throughout the tour it’s common to have one dinner in each city. You are also able to often purchase extra excursions which are almost always incredible. Highly recommended as most are designed specifically to highlight the tour. My own opinion is they are the highlight.
Now some of the con’s of group travel are you are with a group. This can range from a small to a large group and usually it’s a pretty mixed bag of goods. You will have older and younger in the group and usually from all over. You travel with your group which might not appeal to some. The places you see such as museums you may not have as long as you like in the area. You get to see a lot in a short amount of time which does not always appeal to everyone.
Tours given in English of course will have Americans, Canadians, and Australians or any of the other English speaking countries. You will spend quite a lot of time with your group as you go through the different tours and enjoy dinner and this is an aspect many may enjoy. You share an experience with others that may never be forgotten and some have gone on to be great friends after. Even touring again together.
All and all group travel is definitely more advantages then disadvantages. It will not appeal to everyone but it is a great way to see the world and experience it with other’s which is really what life is all about. So if you have never tried it give it a try and you open up a wonderful land of possibilities.
Travel with T usually has a group going somewhere every year. So if you follow me and would like to Travel with T let me know. I would love to experience our next destination discovery together.