Group travel is often looked down upon by travelers as a cop out and a way to remove personal agency from travel. It doesn’t have to be that way though as sometimes a really authentic, and perhaps more authentic experience, can be taken from traveling in a group. Group travel provides the opportunity to go to places that maybe to dangerous to do alone as well as the chances to cut down on costs by purchasing things in bulk. More reasons to do group travel include.
You will have a chance to Relax
Organizing independent travel can be difficult in the sense that you will have to control all variables – known and unknown. You will have to arrange all transport, food, and accommodations and arrange the proper visas you will need. You will need to develop an itinerary of things to do on the trip as well. If you partake in group travel it will mean that all these burdens will be arranged for you and you will just be able to relax and focus on enjoying your time away. I’m sure there has been a time when you went on a trip and someone else organized pretty much everything, you just come in and enjoy yourself. That is what group travel will be, but on a larger scale.
The Chance to Visit more remote and difficult Destinations
There are places in the world that do not connect well to individual travel because of their dangers. Traveling to the base camp of Mount Everest, visiting war torn Syria, and going to heavily Islamic countries as a female presents dangers that could be greatly reduced by professional guidance. If you have a hunger to visit some of the worlds more dangerous locations it is definitely not only recommended, but in some ways an obligation for your personal safety to travel in a group with a leader. There is safety in numbers as well if protocols of personal etiquette in foreign countries are breached.
Making New Life Long Friends
The reality is that enjoying unique experiences, many of which can and will be found in travel, will really connect people together. Whether 1, 5, or 10 years later you will be able to reconnect with the people that you trekked together with through the Peruvian wilderness to Mancha Picchu. Traveling in a group there will be some personalities that you don’t like, but the ones that you do get on with will become cemented as life long friends as you have unique experiences together.