If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering “why on earth should I consider a group tour?” Well, at Contiki, we’re masters at putting together amazing group travel itineraries. Here are the six benefits of traveling with a group!
You’re never alone
These days tours range from 30 – 50 people depending on where you are traveling to. Generally, you’ll get a diverse mix of ages, nationalities, and characters in one vicinity, so you’ll always find your own little wolf-pack within the group. If you’re an inexperienced traveler, it’s comforting to know that you’re going to be looked after and make friends from all over the world, giving you that much-needed confidence boost so that the next time you travel you’ll be all over it like a rash.
Insider’s knowledge and a local guide
Imagine someone with you at all times who eliminates all your niggles and worries so you can enjoy exploring new lands. On a group tour, you are with the industry’s best trip managers and local expert guides – people who go through rigorous training (and we mean rigorous – think army boot camp style) to ensure that you are in the best possible hands at any time of the day (or night). Want to know where the best gelato in Italy is? Ask your guide. Want to go off-the-beaten-path and see something cool? Ask your guide. They will help you unlock the history and insider knowledge of the world’s greatest destinations, so you can get the absolute most out of your experience, without spending your whole time searching the internet or trawling guide books. Think of them as an encyclopedia, but for travel.
More time to yourself than you would think…
Perhaps one of the greatest myths circulating group travel is that you don’t get a lot of “free time.” We know the contrary. Group travel has evolved over the years as people’s habits and requirements have changed. It’s no longer a case of following a guide through a packed city center as they hold an umbrella in the air that you have to follow religiously. Instead, it’s about giving you options. You’re going to want to do the ‘must-do’s’ which a group travel trip will sort for you, but equally, you’ve got total freedom to spend your ‘me time‘ how you please. So basically, best of both worlds – the itinerary of dreams, and the choice to go off course. #Winning.
Value that packs a punch
At the end of the day, group travel is there to make your holiday seamless and effortless. Add to that a truly valuable experience with a heap of inclusions that means more money in your pocket for food, shopping, or cool experiences. Most often, accommodation, breakfast, transportation, a trip manager, and exclusive access to sights is also included. Value central.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the adventure because, on group tours, it’s hassle-free. Navigating through a new country can sometimes be difficult. New languages, customs, and ways to get around. On group tours, you generally don’t have to worry about organizing or planning as much – you can just go with the flow, cocktail in hand, and let someone else deal with the stress.
Find your future soulmate
Because let’s face it – who really needs Tinder to find love when it’s as simple as traveling the world and embracing the single life. You’re amidst a bunch of like-minded individuals, experiencing new cultures with a positive attitude – be open to whatever lies ahead. We’ve heard of enough Contiki romances, marriages and babies to know that group tours, and constant human interaction can certainly help you find your future soulmate – or at least – start the conversation and form new friendships!
This article was originally published on six-two, Contiki’s official blog. From quick breaks to epic journeys, Contiki trips cover the world from all angles for 18 to 35-year-old travelers like you. It’s about making every moment count. At Contiki, that’s what they do best. For more information, click here.