Ever since the first backpacking trip I’ve ever taken, I’ve appreciated the benefits of group travel. From solo adventures in South East Asia, to city hopping in Europe, and more recently trekking through California with Trek America, I love group travel. Yes it has its downsides, and I won’t always want to travel in a group, but here are what I consider the best reasons for everyone to try it, at least once, in their lifetime. Here’s my 10 benefits of group travel…

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Planning

I’ve started big here, this is hands down my favourite reason for group travel! First things first, I’m a planner, I enjoy the planning stage of travel, it’s exciting and the freedom is unbeatable. However, sometimes, if you trust someone, or you’re struggling for inspiration, it’s AMAZING to have all this stuff planned for you. Let someone else pick the best spots, tell you what time to get up, give you the options of what to do and you pick the one you’re most interested in. I love that side to group travel.

Share your Experience

We all know solo travel’s biggest shortcoming is you make amazing memories, but only you were there to witness it. What about being able to reminisce with lifelong friends from all over the world? Arrange meet ups years later and look back through old photos or videos, or laugh at that time you did a shot of snake blood in Vietnam (for example!). Sharing experiences is better.

It is for everyone

Whether you’re a solo traveller, a couple or a group of friends, it doesn’t matter. I’ve travelled in groups with all of the above, even different age groups. When you get a group of people together with similar interests, they just gel. So don’t be put off, especially if you’re a solo traveller, when I first backpacked I joined a group tour and ended up travelling with various people from the group months after the tour had finished.

Find the best spots

An experienced tour company should always be taking you to the best places, and it should be a mixture of touristy ‘must see’ destinations and local ‘hidden gems’. Make sure you check the itinerary to ensure the trip you’re spending your hard-earned money on is going to places that suit you.

Your Tour Guide

Your group tour guide can make or break your trip, and in my experience they’ve always made it. They should be passionate and knowledgeable of the places they are showing you, and ideally from the area if not experts in it. They’ll push you, test you and keep you in check, but all in a good way!

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It’s Cost Effective

Although in some ways you pay for the tour and guide, a good tour company should also make this a cost effective way of travelling. In a group you’ll be eligible for group discounts, you’ll share rooms and even try camping. Some of which you may not have considered on your own or as a couple. The guide should also let you in on the cheapest spots or local hangouts to eat and drink.

Lifelong Friends

I’ve found the friends I’ve made in group travel have become some of my best travel friends, and from all over the world. I still keep in touch with people I trekked with 10 years ago, and I know if I ever visit I have a place to stay and exciting stories to catch up on.

Your Comfort Zone

If you’re in a group, it will push you to try new things. With Trek America last year four of us took on the Upper Yosemite Falls hike, it was tough but we all pushed each other through. Without a group like this we may not have all done it. Being part of an adventurous group will really push you out of your comfort zone, and you’ll be glad it did.

Safety

I’ll be the first to say travelling alone is never as bad as people make out, especially worried relatives that have never left the comfort of their armchair. However, wherever in the world you go, you need to know the area and stay safe. There are two advantages of a group travel, firstly you’re most likely travelling out in large numbers rather than alone, especially at night. And secondly your guide should have been to the area numerous times, and be able to give you the low down on places to avoid, what valuables to leave behind and how much money you need. This information is priceless.

Photos

And finally… Photos! We all know group photos like these ones are memories we cherish!

See it in 360!

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This article was written in collaboration with Trek America, however all of the content, photos and views are my own.

Written by | Scottie T

Founder & Editor of Intrepid Escape, a huge lover of adventure, adrenaline, sport & fitness. After travelling to well over 20 countries in the last few years, Scott started to document his travels before fulfilling an important Bucket List item by starting Intrepid Escape. His dream is to be a backpacking poker-playing, videographer, photographer & writer!

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5 Comments

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    May 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

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    May 30, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Yah Scottie Thanks for this great share and you are 101% correct with your given experience. gourp travel also can make your travel cheaper and comfortable i always priffer group travel for my vacations.

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    June 1, 2017 at 11:25 am

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    June 5, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Amazing list! now if I can just be at these places during those times, that will be great. Anyway, great article! Lovely pics

  5. Reshma

    June 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I’m a solo traveler, but this looks like a great list of benefits! I do enjoy group trips as well and I can relate to many them here.

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