Have you ever wondered if a very small group tour might be right for you? Well, in this blog post, we're talking about traveling in/with groups. Call it "Group Travel," "Group Tours," or any other name; for our purposes here today, I'm lumping it all together.
“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
- African Proverb
There's a lot of truth in that proverb. Being in a group will slow you down if you like to travel fast, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. "Do this... see that... go there! Let's go! Let's go! LET'S GO!!" That's not likely to happen with a group. But, when people pool their resources, almost always will they go farther than they could on their own.
So, who is a very small group tour best suited for?
But, not all group travel is created equal. Let me be very clear here...
I will never place you in a 50-person, big bus, group tour where you change hotels every night, fly by sights with barely enough time for a photo op, and spend more time on the bus than off it!
Tour operators like that, use hotels far from the action. Their dining options must accommodate 50 people, so how local or authentic do you think your meals will be? If you're lucky enough to stop somewhere, they'll try to sell you optional tours and shove you into gift shops at every chance. Those third-party tour operators and gift shop owners offer kickbacks to your tour company! Talk about a conflict of interest!
Remember, these maxims:
To make a long story short, these operators get as many people on the tour as possible, find ways to drive down their costs, find ways to drive up the amount of additional money you spend, and then send you home, so you can say you checked XYZ place off your list and hopefully refer the next 50 people. It's a money-making machine and you're just another consumer of their product.
I don't know about you,