Large Group Travel, Is It For You?

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Traveling in a large group can be a wonderful experience or it can be a big headache. Whether or not a large group travel is the ideal arrangement for you certainly depends on a variety of factors.

Your destination, personal preferences and allotted time available for traveling will be primary considerations. As you make your decision, consider the pros and cons of traveling in a large group. Any one of the benefits or drawbacks may either seal or break the deal for you. What is most important is to decide what is of most value to you as you weigh out the pros and cons.

Large Group Travel is worth considering as it’s often a very safe way to travel, an opportunity to make new friends, and a way to easily see all the highlights of an area with an expert local guide.   All of the travel arrangements are typically taken care of for you and all you need to do is show up and enjoy the tour.

Large Group Travel, Is It For You?

Pros of Traveling in a Large Group

When you are traveling with an organized group, your arrangements are usually well planned by the organizer of the trip. You won’t have to worry about booking tickets to travel because this will all be done for you.  You’ll avoid the hassle of finding the right deal or optimal time slots because this is all planned for you.

Another benefit is all of the activities during your vacation are all planned out for you ahead of time.  You’ll have an itinerary to follow each day and tickets for activities.  As the activities are part of the deal, you won’t have to worry about an event or location being sold out.

If you are traveling in a location where there’s a lot of history, you’ll often receive a lot of detailed information about each visit. If you have a good tour guide you’ll also learn lesser known details about the area. This truly enhances your trip.

During the daily excursions your transportation is pre-arranged.  You won’t have to worry about finding a cab, renting a car or finding parking. Since transportation is inclusive and part of a group package, you are free from having to worry about those arrangements.

Another significant benefit is you won’t have to worry about getting lost or car trouble.  It’s always possible a tour guide may occasionally get lost or the vehicle breaks down but if it does happen there’s generally a quick resolution. And you’ll be in good company and won’t have to worry about solving the problem yourself.

When you travel with a group, usually organizers can obtain group discounts and these savings can be passed onto you. Due to the large volume of group tours, you may get more for your money and see more places. Group tickets are often cheaper than if you were to book all of the individual outings, tickets and accommodations on your own.

Cons of Traveling in a Large Group

While there are many benefits to group travel, before you book your trip it is of value to understand there are some drawbacks too.

With large group travel, there’s little room for flexibility.  Because of the size of the group, the entire trip has to be carefully scheduled with little room for doing anything not on the itinerary. If you like to travel in a spontaneous fashion and go where the day takes you, a large group trip will likely not be enjoyable for you because you won’t be able to vary up your plans or make any changes.

Another potential disadvantage is organized group trips are often tourist-centric.   You generally don’t stray from the proverbial beaten path. If you prefer to explore the obscure locations or mingle with the locals, this kind of organized tour may not be for you.

Group trips may also be exhausting because they tend to be faster paced. As you visit each location you may feel too rushed as you are escorted from place to place. While this is great for people who want to see as much as they can pack in one trip, this is a drawback for the people who like to linger and explore each place in detail.

Accommodations are also something to consider as you will be staying wherever your itinerary dictates. If lodging is not to your liking, you’re pretty much stuck where you are.  You’ll have to stay with the group. Additionally, some groups partner roommates up and you may have to share a room with a stranger. If you prefer your privacy, it is a good idea to inquire upfront if there are roommate situations for lodging.

Is Large Group Travel for You?

There are many pros and cons associated with group travel. For some the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages and the trip is well worth going on. Yet for others who prefer a lot of flexibility and to be spontaneous, organized group travel is probably not the way to go.

The key to planning a successful vacation is to carefully weigh out the pros and cons of each option.  Match each up with your ideal vacation.  See which one is a closer match.  If you are undecided, opt for adventure!  Why not try a large group travel trip and see if you like it.  You may be surprise yourself and be a huge fan of group traveling, opting to go often.

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Barb Webb is a sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s following the road less traveled, writing about country living and artisan culture. Travel specialties are: Agritourism and Second Season of Life (over 50) Adventures.
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