Are there benefits to Group Travel

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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”.

 

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is Meaningful Travel “The Pilgrimage”

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Travel is trending and seems on everyone’s list be it a bucket list.  It may be a vacation, a weekend, or an ongoing adventure, travel is everywhere.   People are looking at fulfilling dreams, and creating memories.  There is a shift to experience now.  It has been building lately and you see it everywhere.  An example is the Tiny house where people live in a small little place in order that they may have a larger life.  To experience is to live!   Travel is on the minds and thoughts of many.  Yet, there is something else out there in the travel world. Many are now just discovering the concept of meaningful travel.  For centuries it was “The Pilgrimage”.

 

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The pilgrimage is a way of travel in that you make religious journey.  It can be local to a place that is sacred, holy and or prayerful.  It could also be a longer journey to a destination that is farther.  The purpose and meaning of a pilgrimage are different for each.  Some go to ask for heavenly aid.  Some go to become closer and to know God better, and some to venerate or give thanks.  My journeys this year are filled with aspects of each .

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I feel as though it might be a lost art and this is at a true detriment to our souls.   To begin a journey that is a pilgrimage it to step outside a comfort zone of your life.   It could mean stepping outside of one’s self in the aspect of prayer.  Or perhaps in the aspect of comfort, it can even be stepping outside of your comfort area with Christ.   Taking him out of the corner of your life you have placed him and bringing him to the forefront.  It is not comfortable but the gifts are immense. To experience a pilgrimage is to experience LIFE.

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When we lose the aspect of pilgrimage we lose a great gift that countless Christians before us have given us.  Since the death of Christ, Christians have been making pilgrimages to holy places.  It has been part of who we are.  Yet I somehow feel we have somewhat lost it.  It makes me sad.  So I am using this Jubilee Year of Mercy to revive a little of that pilgrimage spirit.  What a great invitation and perfect time to experience it.

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The Dynamic Catholic describes it like this “The Year of Mercy is an invitation—an invitation to love, kindness, and unbounded generosity. Pope Francis is offering you the opportunity to encounter the incredible mercy of God. Encountering mercy means encountering God. It can transform your life, your relationships, your work, and your ability to embrace and experience all of life.”

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My first pilgrimage this year was to experience Grand Catholic Italy.  I was able to experience not only the “Holy Doors” in Rome but throughout Italy.  I was able to see and walk in places millions of Christians have before me.  I was able to witness the resting places of great saints who have gone before me.  I was able to witness my own faith in the pilgrimage journey in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

During a Jubilee year for the church the Holy Doors are open.  This only happens in increments of 25 to 50 years and for most a once in a lifetime journey.  It is a complete gift we have been given.  I notice though many do not quite understand what is open for us during this year.  It’s perhaps been set aside and filed away.  My prayer is many will discover what this means and they too make a pilgrimage.

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I encourage you to blow open the windows of your comfortable life and seek him who seeks you.  Go on a journey, experience a pilgrimage!  Perhaps, like me you will discover meaningful travel and it will change your life.