Organized group travel is a popular way to explore the world. It can offer an opportunity to meet new people, travel with friends and family, and relieve you of some aspects of trip planning. However, group travel isn’t without its challenges; rigorous schedules, little alone time, and the possibility of negative group dynamics can make for a taxing experience.
Travelling in a group has become an increasingly desirable way of seeing the world for many types of travellers – students, young professionals, families, and older adults alike. It can be a great way to meet people or explore new places with family and old friends.
Travelling with others, however, requires some coordination and compromise when it comes to deciding what to do and where to go. Conflicts may arise or you may need to deal with difficult personalities in your group. As such, it can be important to carve out time for yourself. Don’t feel you need to participate in every activity – feel free to make your own plans and make sure to communicate them to your group leader or fellow group members so they know you are safe.
During group tours it can also be easy to mentally check-out and move through the trip on autopilot, especially when someone else is in charge. But it’s important to stay aware, take stock of your surroundings, and ask questions if you are unsure. For example, try to pay attention to your travel routes and the names of hotels and key sites so that you can make your way around in case you get separated from your group.
Download the full tipsheet for more advice and tips on travelling in a group from avid traveller and writer, Robert Haru Fisher. Robert Haru Fisher was a former columnist and contributing editor to www.frommers.com, and was an IAMAT board member.
Information last updated: April 16, 2020