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Should You Travel in a Small Group?

Small Group Travel

Many adventure travelers have spent most of their lives traveling solo, avoiding groups and touristy experiences. As you age, your expectations and needs change, and you may ask yourself, “Should I travel in a small group?”

As times change, and as travel experiences change with them, travelers have begun to expect authentic experiences, but with the safety and security of being with a group. Small groups have the opportunity to take your travel to the next level (if you travel with the right company!). Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are considering taking a small group adventure tour:

1)   Are you concerned about safety?

Safety nowadays is a big concern for many travelers. Traveling in a small group helps you stay safe in remote places in the world. Your Tour Leader is well versed in the destination, knowing where to go and where to avoid. They understand the area, know the nearby hospitals or clinics, and are well versed in handling any situation that arises. This means you will always be in good hands.

2)    Are you traveling on your own?

Traveling solo is a reality for many people who want to see the world. Small groups are perfect for solo travelers because you get to meet great travel companions and share the travel experience with other people. Avoid single supplements by sharing a room with another person and it’ll stay affordable as well.

3)    Do you want the small details taken care of for you?

Everyone loves to travel! Not everyone loves the nitty-gritty details, logistics and organization of a multi-day tour across countries. There are visas, paperwork, hotel bookings, bus schedules and so much more when booking on your own. Trust your vacation experience to the experts! These are the ones who know exactly how to deal with all the details so that you don’t have to!

4)    Do you like a planned itinerary?

If you are the type of traveler who likes knowing where you’re going and what you’re going to see, a small group is perfect for you. Having an itinerary for your travels allows you the security in knowing what you will do and see, but also the flexibility of allowing for time for unplanned experiences. You never know what you might encounter on the side of the road, or you might stop at a traditional Indian wedding or view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small groups allow for those spontaneous moments, while still allowing you to do and see what you traveled across the world to do.

5)    Do you enjoy learning from other people?

When you travel with a small group, you never know who might be traveling with you! The beauty of adventure tours is the fact that you spend time with like-minded individuals who are curious about the world and seeing the same destinations. You might meet a photographer, who can teach you about lighting the shot well, or a teacher who’s been to all the countries in the Western Hemisphere, or the Tour Leader who speaks 5 languages. The experiences you have with your group mates are sure to last a lifetime.

If you’ve answered YES to all these questions, you should travel in a small group! Consider ElderTreks for your next small group adventure. Check out these great itineraries HERE.


- July 13, 2016

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