From making lifelong friends to getting insider secrets from your local guide, group trips are one of the greatest (and safest) ways to travel. If you’re wondering if group travel is right for you, here are our top 9 perks to travelling as a group.
1. You won’t have to worry about planning
One of the best group travel perks starts before you even leave arrive at your destination. When you travel in a group tour, you’ll have someone taking care of all the planning and logistics for you. That means fewer things for you to worry about and more time to focus on having fun.
Navigating a new country can be challenging with new customs, languages, currency and transport options. On a group trip, you can kick back and relax, knowing your expert Travel Director has it all taken care of. And if you’ve got any questions, you won’t need to spend hours with your nose buried in Google. Ask your Travel Director and they’ll point you in the right direction.
2. You’ll make new friends
When you travel as a group, you’ll be surrounded by all kinds of like-minded people who are excited to explore the same part of the world as you. You’ll likely have shared experiences and similar interests, making it so much easier to strike up a conversation.
You’re bound to make a bunch of new friends and make some great memories before the trip is over. Another plus is you’ll have someone to take your photo and rub sunscreen on your back!
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3. You’ll get to see the very best of your destination
An experienced travel company like Trafalgar has spent decades researching destinations and putting together the very best itineraries. Your Travel Director will take you to the top places, with a mix of must-see Icons and Hidden Gems that you probably wouldn’t find on your own.
You also get to see the best of the destination in a shorter space of time, as you’ll have all your transport and accommodation organised before you arrive. This means less time wandering around a new city trying to find your hotel on your own, and more time soaking up all the incredible sights!
4. You’ll get insider’s knowledge from your expert Local Guide
Great travel companies only hire expert locals who can give you the best insider information on your destination. Trafalgar’s Local Specialists are passionate and knowledgeable about the places you’re visiting and can share information you won’t find in a guidebook.
They can recommend the best local bars and restaurants and help you meet local people and gain real insight into the culture of your destination. Our Local Specialists are a well of invaluable information on local history, customs and cuisine, and will help you get the most out of your group travel experience.
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5. It makes your trip safer
One of the top travel safety tips is to travel in numbers. When you travel as a group, you have more people watching out for you. That makes you less vulnerable to pickpockets and scammers.
You’ll also have your Local Guide to advise on places to avoid and how much money you need. They can tell you what to do if things go wrong, from getting sick to losing your luggage. Group travel is easier and safer, and it’s reassuring to know that someone’s got your back on your trip.
6. It’s cost-effective
One of the best perks of group travel is that you’ll save money. Travelling as a group means you share transport, and it also makes you eligible for group discounts for things like museums and tours. Your guide will arrange group discounts on many activities and meals, plus they can recommend the best and cheapest local hangouts to eat and drink.
Not only is a group trip great value for money, but it also helps you budget. Once you’ve paid for your trip, all that’s left to do is gather some spending money for extra drinks and souvenirs!
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7. Group travel is for everyone
Whatever your travel style, group travel is for you. From solo travellers to couples to groups of friends or family of all ages, you’ll find all kinds of people on group trips.
There’s a huge range of group trips to choose from, whether you’re looking for a trek, a safari, a sailing holiday or a snow trip. Trafalgar has over 300 itineraries to choose from alone. Talk to us and we can find your dream group trip or even tailor your perfect adventure.
8. It’s better for the environment
If you want to reduce the environmental impact of your travels, one of the best things to do is to travel in a group. Trafalgar’s group tours travel mostly by fuel-efficient coaches, which is the greenest travel option available. Research shows that if you travel by coach rather than drive or fly, you’ll cut your carbon emissions by 50 to 75%. Every bit counts!
9. You get to share your experience
A great perk of group travel is that you get to share all your incredible experiences. Sure, you can have the same adventures when you travel solo, but it’s always nice to share it with someone. When you travel in a group, you’re also likely to encourage each other to get out of your comfort zone.
At the end of the day, we only have our memories, and there’s nothing better than reminiscing with friends and looking back through old photos of your adventures.
What’s your favourite group travel perk? Let us know in the comments below…