Yeah, I know, traveling in groups may not appeal to you. I feel the same way. I actually prefer to travel with my partner – that’s it. Kids and other family members – yeah ok, sometimes. But when I want to feel free and just totally enjoy myself, I’d rather not travel in groups. Other people might have different reasons for not wanting to travel in groups and I am sure they are all valid. However, I recently read an article at The Age titled “Busting the myths of group travel.” Naturally, that got me interested. I learned a lot from that article – let me share some of what I learned with you.
Traveling in groups is actually cheaper.
The myth is that it could be expensive to travel in groups. I don’t know where this myth originated from or how but if you think about it, buying airline tickets, booking hotel rooms, etc. would be cheaper if you do so in bulk. I remember a trip my husband and I went on last year. We went with some friends and we ended up saving so much on lodging because we were able to book a hut on the beach that housed 8 people. That’s how you save when traveling in groups!
You can still have the “real deal” when traveling with other people.
That is if you bring along (or tag along with, depends on your perspective) someone who knows your destination well. Imagine this – if you went to a strange place alone, only with a guide book and the knowledge you’ve gleaned from the Internet, would you be able to experience the local culture as much as you would if you had someone who actually knew the place firsthand?
(to be continued)