Traveling is a process of decision making. Perhaps the most crucial decision you’ll make when planning a trip is the one of who you want to travel with. In the past, I’ve talked about all the great reasons why everyone should travel solo. However, I’m a big believer in group travel as well. Traveling with a group is so much different than just your normal hang out and just like everything else in life, there are both good and bad things about it. Today, I’m rounding up the main pros and cons of group travel.
Budget Friendly - Traveling with a group is a much cheaper option that doing it alone. You’re splitting cost with multiple people so things like price of stay can decrease by a hefty amount. This allows you to be able to stay in bigger and nicer places too! You can spend less on food by buying groceries and keeping your hotel or airbnb stocked, then splitting the price. If you go out to eat/drink, you can get a big variety of things and split that as well. Renting a car or getting an Uber also becomes much less expensive.
Bonding Moments - There is no shared experience like the one of a trip. Traveling with someone you only know on a surface level can turn into a lifelong friendship you never knew you needed. You get to see people in a different light and going through the inevitable highs and lows of a trip creates a sense of togetherness and makes for great memories that you can reminisce on for a lifetime.
Less Lonely - Traveling with a group cuts out the feeling of loneliness that you may experience otherwise. Knowing there will always be someone else to share a meal or room with leaves out that sense of isolation. Not to mention, you’ll feel much safer too!
Above all, the best part about traveling with others is that there will ALWAYS be someone to take your pictures. (Just make sure you invite someone who knows how to take them)
Less Freedom - You probably have a fixed mindset of things you want to see and do at your destination. Traveling with others means you’ll have to sacrifice and compromise. Make sure you go in with an open mind otherwise it’ll lead to trouble for you.
Multiple Opinions/Personalities - The more people you travel with, the more opinions you’ll have to deal with. You’re likely to argue over what activities to do and what to see. Big personalities can overpower smaller ones and people may get stuck participating in something they usually wouldn’t do. You can avoid this by having an itinerary planned beforehand!
Decision Making - Something as simple as deciding where to eat or how to get from place to place can easily turn into a dispute. Make sure to travel with a crew that’s go-with-the flow and all about flexibility.
As I’ve said before, there is no right or wrong way to travel. It all comes down to who you are and what you’re expecting to come from your trip. Just make sure you get out there and do it!