Millions of people choose to go on vacation each year, but many travelers don’t realize how much work it is to plan an elaborate trip until they’re overwhelmed in trying to keep every detail straight. They quickly discover it’s nearly impossible to plan an entire trip yourself and have every small detail come together perfectly. The solution? Group Travel! Leave the stress behind and put your vacation in the hands of the experts. Here are some of the top reasons why group travel is amazing!
1. It’s Low Stress
Let’s face it, while vacations can bring some of the best memories and unforgettable experiences, they can also be very stressful! You never know what could go wrong, whether it’s a flight delay, a thunderstorm, or a canceled tour. Everything changes when you go for an organized group travel experience. Problem with a visa? You’ll get to relax while they sort it out. Issue with your hotel room? Sit back and unwind, because you don’t have to worry about it.
2. Meet Other Travelers
When you travel with a group, you’re going to meet other passionate travelers. You’ve all chosen to travel to that specific destination, which means you already have something in common with your fellow group members! When everyone is excited about a destination, who knows what friends you’ll meet!
3. Plan Less, Enjoy More
A lot goes into planning a successful vacation. You have to devote hours of research into finding out the most popular landmarks to visit, the best restaurants to eat at and the nicest hotels to stay in. When you choose group travel, you won’t have to worry about planning an itinerary because a group travel agency will have an itinerary already planned out. Sure you’ll have some down time to explore on your own, but you won’t have to focus on planning the larger details of the trip. You’ll experience the best aspects of a vacation destination without the hassle of planning it yourself.
A group travel organization will also book your airfare, which mean you won’t be scrolling through Google for hours trying to find a flight time and price that fits your schedule and budget. You’ll know you’re getting the best price for your tickets because your flight is booked at a group rate.
4. Gain a More Authentic Experience
Group travel also allows for a more authentic travel experience because you’ll be exploring a place with experienced travelers and the help of local guides. Not only will you be experiencing the top touristy highlights of a destination, but you may have the opportunity to discover hidden gems as well. It could be a restaurant that only the locals know about, a Sunday street market off the beaten path, or perhaps a secret swimming spot. You’ll discover that some of the best parts of a trip are experiences you can’t find on TripAdvisor.
5. Don’t Worry About the Details
Speaking of details, group travel means all of the details–big and small–are taken care of. A lot of travelers don’t think about the small (but very important!) details of a trip. How are you getting from the airport to the hotel? What menu options will you have if you’re vegetarian? Is there a connecting flight available to get you to your destination?
Group travel means all of the little pieces of the puzzle that make a vacation go smoothly have already been fit into place. You will never have to worry about where your luggage is going to be stored before a hotel check-in or how you’re getting around to explore a city, because everything has been planned in advance for you. This will leave more time for experiences and less focus on logistics.
6. Bypass Tour Lines
One of the major perks of group travel is the short lines on tours. Not only are you paying the group rate to see a particular landmark (it’s always nice to save some money!), but often times there is a separate entrance and line for groups that have booked in advance. You won’t have to worry about your entire day’s schedule being thrown off by a two-hour wait time because you’ll be bypassing that long line with your new group of vacation friends.
7. Get Every Question Answered
There are many fantastic aspects of group travel on the actual trip, but there are also some great perks before the trip as well. Booking a trip through a group travel agency means you can call them to get any question answered. A group travel organization will be a knowledgeable resource for all sorts of questions from “What type of adapter do you need for plugs in Europe?” to “What’s the weather like in Greece in October?” If you’re going on a cruise, they’ll also be knowledgeable about the design and layout of the ship, which means they’ll be able to book you in the perfect cabin.
8. Find Lifelong friends
We see it time and time again on our trips. Complete strangers are brought together by their love of travel and by the end of the trip they become lifelong friends. Many group travelers will plan yearly trips together in order to stay in touch. Not only are you gaining a spectacular travel experience, you’re gaining new friends as well.
Do you want to experience worry-free travel? Join us on a Cruise & Tour vacation! We deal with all of the logistics that come with traveling so that you can focus on enjoying your vacation! Call 800-383-3131 today to reserve your spot on one of our amazing group travel experiences!
By Kaitlyn Pidgeon
Customer Relations and Communications Specialist