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It offers advantages you can’t get on your own

Posted by: Xanterra on May 8, 2019

One of the best things about traveling with a group vs. on your own is the ability to share it with like-minded people who can even turn into lifelong friends.

Do you long to travel the world but have no one to do it with? Do you hanker to hit the road but not by yourself? There’s an easy answer: Join a group tour as a solo. Becoming part of a tour offers key advantages over traveling alone. From compatible travel companions and personalized service to insider access and expert guides, group travel offers valuable benefits you can’t get when on your own.

So if you don’t have a partner, spouse, or friend to join you, don’t let that hold you back. Here are the rewards of traveling by yourself with a tour outfitter. Happy trails!

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Convenience

Start with planning your trip. Travelers typically visit a whopping 38 websites before booking a vacation. And when it’s a complicated multi-destination tour in a foreign country, it can take hours of research, decision-making, and booking. A tour company takes care of all of that by creating an itinerary carefully crafted by knowledgeable experts, which includes all the transportation, accommodations, meals, and activities.

Travel Companions

One of the best things about traveling with a group vs. on your own is the ability to share it with like-minded people who can even turn into lifelong friends. Whether you’re walking the cobbled streets of Prague, witnessing the sunrise at Machu Picchu, or spotting the Big Five in Africa, a special camaraderie develops with people who have selected the same itinerary. And there’s nothing like sharing a physical activity — from biking the Tuscan hills to hiking the Grand Canyon — to really bond with someone.

Plus, you can gain unique perspectives from participants with varied backgrounds — perhaps insight into a work of art from a museum curator or special knowledge from a history professor. You might even pick up a tip or two, such as photography from a semi-pro or advice on the best travel gear.

Tour group on mountain waving.

No Loneliness

Not only does group travel provide ready-made travel companions to share the experience, but it also minimizes any sense of loneliness. You never have to eat alone at a restaurant or sit by yourself at a pub — the most dreaded part of traveling by yourself. And for single women, in particular, it offers the safety and security of being part of a group, especially in the evening.

Insider Expertise

Tour operators provide the kind of insider knowledge that’s virtually unavailable to individual travelers. They can advise you on what to pack before you leave and guide you through the nuances of language, culture, and customs once you’re there. With their local expertise, they handle such complicated issues as visas, difficult access, or challenging logistics, leaving you to enjoy the trip stress-free.

Most importantly, they offer unique — even life-changing — experiences you can’t duplicate on your own, all under the careful supervision of passionate guides. They know the best hiking paths, the secret viewing spots, the most authentic restaurants, and the bars where the locals hang out.

What’s more, the guides educate you as you go: They identify exotic wildlife and plants on a hike or safari, unusual produce in the market, and regional specialties in a restaurant. This immeasurably enriches your experience. And because they know the terrain so well, they can find good alternatives when the weather doesn’t cooperate or handle an emergency with efficiency and calm.

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Personalized Service

Nobody wants to be another face in the crowd. With the right tour company, your tour leader gets to know you and can more easily accommodate your individual needs as you go. Have a special diet? No problem. Need help translating or bargaining? Sure thing. Want more information on an attraction? Happy to help.

Value

Finally, traveling with a group can save you significant money. Because you’re sharing the costs with the other members of the group, you can enjoy the trip at a much lower price. And who doesn’t appreciate that!

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How to Explore

The following tour operators offer excellent opportunities for solo travelers.

Country Walkers

For more than 40 years, Country Walkers has provided active, immersive, and unforgettable travel experiences on five continents. They offer two distinct ways to explore: scheduled, small-group Guided Walking Adventures and independent Self-Guided Walking Adventures. On tour, guests enjoy superb local cuisine, first-class guides, fine accommodations, and authentic cultural and natural encounters. Visit countrywalkers.com or call 800-234-6900 for more information.

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations offer more than 55 deluxe, small-group bicycling, walking, and barge & sail vacations in 27 different countries and 10 U.S. states. They are the value leader in active biking vacations and have been rated among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for seven years. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local trip leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full van support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes round-trip international airfare from more than 30 U.S. cities and select Canadian cities for all overseas vacations. Visit vbt.com or call 800-245-3868 for more information.

Holiday Vacations

Holiday Vacations is one of America’s most reputable tour companies, with 46 years of experience. As a nationwide provider of air, rail, motorcoach, and cruise guided vacations to more than 65 destinations worldwide, their packages are inclusive of all airfare, fine hotels, meals, and must-see attractions. Expert tour directors handle all travel details, assuring you a carefree and memorable vacation. Visit HolidayVacations.com for more information.

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Written by: Veronica Stoddart

Award-winning travel editor and writer Veronica Stoddart was the former editor in chief of the Travel Media Group at USA TODAY. She has written for nearly two dozen publications and websites.

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