Both – traveling alone and traveling in a group have their own advocates. But what are the most used pros and cons? Let’s get to the bottom of it.
Traveling in the group and its organization
Solitude out, socializing in…Ok, maybe not in the coronavirus times. But it cannot be denied that traveling is fun! And some say it is much more fun if you go out on a group trip. Traveling in a group brings a whole lot of excitement, bonding, and adventure ahead. A group may mean your family, circle of friends, old high school classmates, co-workers or relatives. Whatever it is, no matter what size, it is sure to be a memorable experience to spend time somewhere new with these people. If you are traveling alone, planning might be easy for one. But organizing it is sometimes a tough task and it entails a lot of flaws along the way. On the other hand, there is an immeasurable feeling of reward at the end of the trip turns out to be one smooth thing.
How could one make the best cruise as an organizer?
Choosing and seeking the help of a reliable travel agent is a determinant if the trip would be hassle-free or the other way around. Make sure that you will choose according to the credibility the agency owns due to its experience in handling group trips or travel. After research on the possible ships, buses, cruises or other forms of transportation that could provide the amenities and accommodation that would meet the majority of the needs of your group, you must have enough time comparing the prices.
Traveling alone on a cruise? Doesn’t sound right. What about a group cruise?
As mentioned above, let’s take a cruise as an example.
Be sure to seek a copy of the contract you have with the agent you have chosen. Have everything in paper, like the summary of your itinerary and reservations as well as all the necessary information. When there are shore tours, have a copy of the list of buses, timetable of the tour and assign somebody to be responsible for the seating arrangements and if ever the tip for the drivers is included in the fee.
Assure that the cruise activities are exclusively for all the members only. Also, outsiders must not be allowed to join or meddle on the affairs of the group and the ship or line must provide the security the group deserves to have on the entire trip. If the group comes in a bigger number, ask for the help of those responsible and choose a part of the ship where you all could sit down and talk. If there are concerns or problems, this would serve as the venue for that too.
A list of all the important contacts in case of any problem and the list of room assignments must be secured too. Activities, if pre-arranged must be in coordination with the Guest Relation Officer. As for meals, the group must be in contact with the restaurant manager. Group leaders may be assigned to larger groups. With all these, points to ponder- make the best out of your traveling in a group.
So why even considering traveling alone then?
Why travel at all if you only have such meager resources in places halfway around the world all on your own? The extreme situation is actually exciting for the ones traveling alone and it’s part of the bunch of reasons why they traveled at all. They get satisfaction knowing that they are seeing the world and they are spending only pennies to do it.
Is taking a companion with you considered traveling in a group as well?
Not necessarily. But choosing the right one can be a challenge, especially when you two don’t know each other. Choose a companion who shares your interests. It would be very difficult to travel with a person whose interests greatly differ from yours. You would be better off traveling on your own if that is the case. But how can you enjoy hopping from one bar to another when your travel buddy is more interested in attending theater performances or concerts? It doesn’t mean, though, that you should be together all day. But it would help a lot for both of you if you have several common interests. You can, for example, go separate ways during the daytime and then meet for some drinks in a bar at night.
Do a test. That should be interesting.
Put your potential companion to a road test. This tip may prove to be useful if you are on the lookout for a long-term travel buddy. You can invite a friend or colleague over your home to a dinner or plan a weekend picnic in a great place within your area. Observe how comfortable you are with each other, particularly when you share a room or even bed. Also, take note of any habits that you could tolerate. If you can live with your companion’s smoking habit, then that should not be a problem when you go on a holiday trip together.
Quirks…we all have them!
Make sure that you are quite familiar with any quirk that your companion may have. Why? If you don’t, you might end up sharing the hotel room with someone whose neurotic behavior will drive you nuts. You don’t want to deal with someone who spends three hours just for bathing and grooming or someone who is too repacking his or her things. Most especially, you don’t want who would rather argue with you all day about everything than enjoy the attraction you’re visiting.
So, after all, there comes a time when you consider traveling alone in its original meaning. A lot of people picture a traveler that’s alone as a backpacker. That is definitely just a bias. Therefore traveling alone does not mean nothing but backpacking. And they deserve a big respect and admiration, one just needs to understand them.
Understanding a backpacker in a couple of sentences.
The most experienced backpackers (they call each other wit that nickname) actually recommend this kind of travel. They usually tell their messages to young people. Of course, one can see several sixty-something guys in shorts and undershirts huffing around famous tourist places.
No matter what – traveling alone or traveling in a group has its own pluses and minuses. A lot of people tried both. What is your experience? What is your stance and what do you prefer? We’d like to read some of your comments below or on social media.
The best thing about it is that you are never alone either way.