7 Benefits Of Group Travel Over Individual Travel

There are lots of ways to travel and many places to travel to but if you haven’t traveled on a group tour some would say you’re missing out.

The Benefits Of Group Travel Over Individual Travel

1. You’re Never Alone

For some, the idea of being alone sounds like a vacation in itself but when you’re traveling to new areas that are unknown the thought of being alone can also be stressful. Traveling out of the country adds an even different layer as you may not speak another language, understand the culture of that area or be familiar with its geography. When traveling on a group tour you can always count on others being with you as well as their added knowledge of where you are visiting. Group tour guides are specifically part of the group tour so they can offer expertise and knowledge of the area during your trip.

2. Developing New Relationships

Some group tours are filled with groups of people that already know each other well but there are plenty of times when these types of tours are a mix of people from different parts of the world who are meeting for the first time. This is a great benefit as many find that after being on a tour they leave having made new friendships that they can continue and possibly even visit for years to come. There are so many memories to be made while on a group tour. It truly is an experience of a lifetime.

3. Greater Bonds With Friends

When traveling as a group with people you already know there are many benefits. You have the benefit of already being aware of each other’s tastes, preferences and desires for the trip just to name a few. Along with knowing each other’s personalities you know what to expect from one another on your trip which is a huge benefit as new relationships take time to get to know one another and grow whereas you simply get to create a greater bond with friends.

4. Learning From Others

Every individual contributes to the overall experience of group travel. Each will learn new things from the tour itself but they will also learn from each other. There are so many things that one person alone can bring to the table so when you come together as a group you get the opportunity to glean and enjoy what each person has to offer making the group tour experience more memorable compared to traveling alone.

5. Know What To Expect

On a group tour everything is already planned out aside from maybe a few spontaneous stops depending on your tour guide and the preferences of the group. Aside from that all accommodations are made prior to your trip so you can travel with ease and be stress free. Not only that but your tour guide is very knowledgeable of the areas you will be visiting taking every aspect of planning out of your hands so you can simply be present and enjoy.

6. Experiencing All The Highlights

Depending on which tour you choose, different areas will be highlighted stops as part of your tour. This is especially nice with group travel because it not only takes the planning out of your hands but assures that you will not miss all the amazing things there are to see. Plus you have the benefit of knowing that everywhere you are visiting is safe and secure.

7. More Cost Effective

With all the benefits of traveling as a group, saving financially is just the icing on the cake. Who doesn’t want to save a few dollars! That just means you will have more on hand to spend as you stop by local markets to bring something back home that will remind you of your trip. Group tours are often discounted with greater numbers of attendees providing you this cost effective benefit.

Group tours are specifically designed to provide you with a trip that you can take with ease while experiencing some amazing places. Friendship tours have amazing guides who are personable, knowledgeable and easily adapt to each group making each tour feel individualized and a high quality experience. If you are interested in learning more about a group tour, request free information on this link. friendshiptours.com/request-information

 

 

The Dangers of Using an Overseas Travel Company

How often have you heard friends and colleagues share details of their “vacation from hell?” Travel agent flight scams with fake tickets, tickets with completely different schedules with very long layovers. Tour company “bait and switch” tactics with completely different hotels, sightseeing programs, and inferior bus transportation from what was originally promised. Payment scams – you arrive there and the local travel agent demands more money after receiving the agreed funds or claiming no knowledge of receipt of payment. These disastrous experiences that can ruin your expensive vacation can be avoided by choosing a reputable tour company and by avoiding overseas travel companies.

The Risks of Using an Overseas Travel Company

Don’t fall into the trap of working with an overseas travel company! This is usually the culprit of many of the horror stories. Choosing to work with an overseas company, a guide, or an individual with connections in the country you plan to visit is risky. You are essentially giving up all your legal rights! If anything goes wrong, or you do not receive what’s promised, good luck trying to demand a refund via small claims or through entities like the Better Business Bureau. Taking legal action in another country will cost a small fortune. Overseas companies are not governed by the very strict U.S laws for doing business.

Overseas travel companies will try to sell you on lower prices, better services, flexibility etc etc. Do not fall for it! Most countries do not have a set of guidelines or regulations to follow like we have here in the U.S. and so there are no guarantees on what they are promising.

Tour companies in the U.S. are required to post substantial dollar amounts in bonds as financial security. We have trade licenses that are renewed each year after careful evaluation of the overall health of the business. This is not the case for most overseas companies.

Not knowing the local government regulations or visa requirements can lead to a number of disasters on your trip. Most Overseas companies do not go the extra mile to protect you in these situations. Stories of travelers renting a taxi, driving for hours and getting turned away at the border for not having the required visa are all too common. These situations can be avoided with the help of a reputable U.S. based tour company.

The Benefits of Choosing a Reputable U.S. Based Tour Company

Located in California, Friendship Tours has been offering its services to travelers since 1981. We have thousands of very happy clients and group organizers who have trusted us for decades with the most complex itineraries for groups of 20 to 2000 passengers. We are the experts! We are familiar with local government regulations and visa requirements. Additionally, Friendship Tours carries millions of dollars in liability insurance that protects the traveler, the organizer, and the church that plans the tour. Working with a company like Friendship Tours offers you financial peace of mind.

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