Imagine you have saved up enough money to finally travel to your favorite destinations; you are excited and looking forward to the whole trip. The only problem is that you have no one to travel with! A situation like this can not only be extremely overwhelming but also discouraging. But that doesn’t mean that you have to travel alone. You could choose to travel with a group. You would be extremely safe and have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends. And while most people would hesitate to travel in a group of people they know little about, there are quite a few benefits of group travel. So, let’s explore some of them.
Experience The Unusual
If you don’t like crowded places and want to experience architectural wonders, ancient fortresses, and lush green mountains without compromising on safety, you would probably enjoy traveling in a group. You could paddle a boat through the sea or try out local cuisines, all while enjoying the comfort of a group.
You Feel Safe
We have all heard horror stories about people getting scammed or robbed while on vacation. That is often what turns people off from traveling alone, but if you travel in a group, the chances of these incidents occurring decrease quite a bit. Aside from that, exploring new places and cultures can be quite intimidating alone. But venturing out into the unknown world seems much less daunting while you are with other people. Absolutely nothing can hold you back when you are surrounded by like-minded people.
When you go on a trip, you naturally take photos to reminisce about it for years to come. It is a reminder of the wonderful time you spend traveling and it also encourages you to go on more trips. You probably won’t be able to take that Instagram-able photo on your own, and you deficit want to trust a random person with your expensive camera or phone. This is why traveling in a group is wonderful. Not only will you make memories and forge new bonds with these people, but you will also be able to get pictures with one another.
Someone Else Plans for You
Most people find it hard to make plans and decide what they want to do and visit in the limited time they are in a country. It can be overwhelming and stressful. But if you are traveling with a group, someone else will probably plan the whole trip out for you. And all you have to do is follow along. You could contribute in unique ways like reading maps, cooking or even providing entertainment.
How To Find Time for Solo Activities?
The one drawback of traveling in a group is, without a doubt, the restrictive schedule. You might want to do activities out of the itinerary or want to spend some alone time, which can be difficult when you are surrounded by people who don’t want to do the same. So how exactly can you make time for solo activities? Well, here are a few ways.
Read The Itinerary
More often than not, most itineraries have random timeslots where the travelers are given time to be on their own. Organizers try to add some time slots which can be utilized for solo activities. This is why you thoroughly read the itinerary beforehand so that you can plan what you would like to do in these empty slots.
Late At Night
Most travel groups avoid setting up a schedule at night and instead start early in the morning. If you desperately want to experience the nightlife or do some solo activities, you can do them during the night. While this will compromise your sleep, you can line these activities with when you have to travel by public transportation. This way, you can rest while you travel to different spots.
Skip Out on Some Activities
If you want to do a couple of different activities that don’t coincide with the rest of the group, you can skip a couple of hours or the whole day together. You will probably meet the whole group back at the hotel, or you could set up a meet-up point so that you don’t get left behind.