At first glance, one might think that going on a group tour is a watered-down version of adventure. We would say something like, “I am a confident and capable individual with perfect travel prowess. Why would I want to risk the enjoyment of my long-awaited (and expensive) journey by joining a group of complete strangers?”
THE FIRST EXPERIENCES ARE BEST SHARED.
For many, traveling means stepping out of their comfort zone, trying something new, or fulfilling a dream. His first professional baseball game (enjoyed with a hot dog), his first bowl of insanely mind-blowing ramen, facing his fear at the microphone as he prepares to sing “Fire To The Rain” at karaoke – everything is better when you share it, trust me. .
FOOD TASKS BETTER WITH FRIENDS.
When traveling alone, he often found that meals were when he wished he were not alone. Sure, you can try to strike up a conversation with a stranger, or try to find some other solo traveler to share a meal with, and those can be good experiences. However, it seems to me that breaking bread with friends generally means drinks flow more freely, food is tastier, and laughter and good conversation engulf us all.
When traveling in a group, everyone is in the same boat, at the same time, having similar but different experiences. Digesting, laughing, lamenting, and remembering your fellow travelers is one of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling with others. We all have stories to share and experiences to process, and the memories of our travels are enriched through their sharing.
THE COMPANY OF A GUIDE.
What better way than to have the support of a person who knows every corner of your destination and can recommend what to see and do according to your interests so that you keep the best memories of your trip.
WE CAN HEAR RECOMMENDATIONS.
So many options and so little time! How quickly choice can end up being more of a burden than a freedom. Fortunately, your tour leader is there to help shed some light on your options and hopefully leave you better informed in making the final decision.
YOU SHOULD NOT WORRY ABOUT LOGISTICS.
As the saying goes, “time is money”. Unless you really enjoy the idea of spending your nights and mornings on maps and schedules while on vacation, your time (and money) is best spent letting someone else take care of those things. You have traveled half the world and you deserve to be here, instead of trying to figure out how to get there.
They may all be strangers when they meet on the first night of the tour, but I guarantee they won’t be when it comes time to say sayonara. Of course, you may not get along as well with everyone, but you have an incredible opportunity to meet amazing people and make new friends. The odds are in your favor for this one, really!