I had lunch last weekend with Sharon Williams, the woman who got me into teaching travel classes in the first place! There were a lot of topics flying around. Many about group travel.
I find that as I get older, group travel seems to hold more and more appeal! So, I thought I’d blog a bit on that and see if anyone else out there has further comments on the subject. The reason I say I might be interested in group travel are:
- Someone is handling the bags for me
- I don’t have to wrack my brains to plan the perfect trip – it’s planned for me
- They pick me up, they set me down, fixed itinerary – no muss, no fuss. No picking up (and driving) rental cars in a foreign country. No trains or planes to catch. Nothing but a luxury bus ride
- There are any variety of groups traveling… I can take a walking holiday with a guide or see Arthurian historical sites. I can go on a pub tour or a fishing angler’s tour… anything that you can imagine is out there!
- I can see new countries in relative safety with a group tour. It’s not like I just show up in Turkey and have to find my own way around.
- It’s a great way to introduce myself to a country and then on followup trips, I’ll know the places I want to visit on my own or even whether I *want* to return to the country or not.
- You (can) get really great insight if the tour guide is decent. I love to learn!
- If you’re shy about meeting people, group tours are a great way to break into things more easily. Solo travel *can* be daunting!
- It can be an adventure that you never could have thought of on your own. Imagine a James Bond tour or a music legends tour.
- You’re LOCKED into their itinerary. It’s not flexible.
- If you get a bad tour guide, that’s just tough… you’re stuck for days on end.
- You’re stuck with what *they* consider are good hotels (I wasn’t happy on my last Trafalgar tour with the chosen hotels for the most part).
The World Famous Dog & Gun Pub, Keswick