Travelling the world by yourself can be a little daunting. In fact in can be extremely daunting, so why not try it with a group? Obviously you’ll have to learn to compromise, and you won’t have the freedom to do whatever you want whenever you want, but you will get the chance to see a bunch of stuff you wouldn’t otherwise and make some great friends along the way.
Here are some of the perks…
Safety. Travelling alone is completely safe 99% of the time. However, there are times when having a group of you makes you feel much more comfortable, and means others are less likely to take advantage of you. Not to mention if you get ill or injured there are people to look after you.
Friendship. You’ll get to make a whole new bunch of friends, some which may become life long friends. Experiences are always that little bit better with someone to share it with! It also means when you’ve got a long coach ride to get through you’ll have friends to keep you company. Long journeys can become very tiresome and boring otherwise.
Pictures. There are only so many selfies you can take before you start to lose a little bit of dignity. It’s also handy to have someone to take a picture of something other than your face from a very unflattering angle and the monument behind.
Knowledge. Going with a group and a tour guide means you’ll have someone with a lot of experience in that area who can show you the best places to see, eat and drink. It also means if you get into any tricky situations you’ll have someone who can sort it out. And if you think they’re going to be stuffy and old, think again. Every tour guide I’ve had whilst travelling has been the life of the party, and pretty much made the experience.
Boundaries. Travelling is all about pushing yourself, and your boundaries. And when you’re by yourself you’re much less likely to do that. Going with a group of people who will support and encourage you will help you to do things you wouldn’t otherwise. Like skydiving, or jumping off a waterfall, or climbing a mountain.
Scheduling. One of the most stressful things about travelling (and often the source of many arguments) is scheduling. When you arrive late at night in a foreign country the last thing you want to be doing is spending hours searching for a hostel to stay in. Similarly, it can be stressful trying to plan an itinerary in advance when you know so little about the country. Going with a group means that everything is planned in advance, and you can choose the best schedule to suit you. It’s a very easy and stress free way to travel.
Passion. The final thing going with a group is good for is finding other like-minded people who share your passion. People from work or at home may not understand your desire to explore and travel the world, but other people who are travelling will. And there’s nothing better than being to talk for hours and share that excitement with others just like you.
If that’s something that appeals to you there are loads of different websites you can find that organise group travel, some of the most popular are:
That’s not to say that travelling by yourself isn’t also a fantastic thing to do! Travelling in a group has it’s perks but it also means you have to occasionally do things you don’t want to, and group dynamics will play a major part in how good your experience is. But if you decide to do it you’ll have an amazing time, and hopefully make some lifelong friends.
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