I wrote an earlier blog post about choosing your travel partners wisely. Travelers may not always be able to select their travel partners with group travel. However, there are ways to ensure your journey is pleasant and that you thrive with group travel.
Recognize your individuality. No two people are alike. While there may be majority decisions or even unanimous decisions, all travelers have different needs. For some travel group members, the desire is for escape, while it might be an adventure for others. The reasons for travel are far too many, so embrace yours.
Be respectful of group members. Even though your travel needs may be different than others, respect their needs. Acknowledge their thoughts and ideas but state your own opinion. If the group plans work for you, join in, and if they don’t, politely decline.
Be mindful of the advantages as well as the disadvantages. For many, group travels can be a way to save money or provide a feeling of safety. However, it can also infringe on your privacy. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages ahead of time will prepare you for the realities of group travel.
Embrace similar interests. Most group travels begin with a goal or interest that everyone shares. Taking part in group tours or events with like-minded people can be exhilarating. Sharing an experience with friends or family is much more enriching than telling them about it.
Know your travel goal. Does the group travel involve a trip or a vacation? For many, a trip usually has a purpose, while a vacation is about the experience. If you consider the group travels a trip, you most likely will have a plan in mind. If the travel involves a vacation, usually it entails rest or relaxation. Knowing your expectations from the group travel experience allows for travel that won’t disappoint.
Have you been able to thrive in group travel experiences? How? I’d like to know.