Planning a Group Tour Holiday


Some people find the prospect of going on holiday a daunting one as they are all alone. A great alternative to booking a package holiday abroad somewhere is to go on a group tour. There are group tours to all of the major holiday destinations around the world; from Spain, Turkey, Italy and even Thailand. A group tour takes out a lot of the hassles of communication, and also organisation, leaving the travellers to enjoy their holiday whilst they take in the sites of their chosen destination. These tours are not only made up of single people as you will get couples, retirees, and also families on these types of tours. It allows you to go on holiday with a group of like-minded people, and make new friends as you explore the country you have chosen to go on holiday.

Choosing the Group Tour for you


                                                                                Photo credit: On the Go Tours

There are many things that you will need to keep in consideration when you are booking your group tour abroad. Some companies specialize in particular demographics, such as retirees, so you will need to try and find a company that is going to suit your requirements, as well as cater for your chosen age group. Some of the things to consider before you book your group tour:

·         Destination Country
·         Time of Year
·         Mode of Transport
·         Itinerary
·         Amount of Free Time
·         Flexibility

The country destination


Photo credit: Barbara L. Slavin 
The country that you choose to visit is also going to have a bearing on when you visit, and the type of transport that is going to be used to travel around. If you have a particular country that you would like to visit, do some research on the internet and look at the weather. This will allow you to choose the best time of the year which is going to be suitable for you. If you are looking to go when it is a bit cooler, you may find this is slow season, and even save yourself some money. If you are visiting a well-developed country, then you will most likely be transported in an air conditioned coach, which should have plenty of room for all of your companions’ and your luggage.

You will need to look at the itinerary of your potential group tour carefully. Look to see how long you spend at attractions, how much travel time you will be doing by bus, and also how much free time you get where you can go off on your own. Although it can be fun to travel as part of a group, it is also good to be able to get some alone time to unwind. You may even find some tour companies which offer a flexible itinerary, especially if you are booking as part of a large group. If you have enough people, you may even be able to get a bespoke package, enabling you to take in everything that you wish to see and do.

A World of Choice

There is a world of choice available, when it comes to booking your holiday travel abroad. When you are looking to book an excursion to the sun, then the internet is one of the best tools out there to find not only a great deal, but also a good quality tour company that can cater to your exact needs. Not only are there a lot of people selling these services online, there are also countless websites, which review these companies and their excursions. This can mean that you can benefit from other people's comments on their experiences, whether they were good or bad. This will help to allow you to make an informed decision of which company to use to go on holiday.

A lot of the good travel companies will allow their customers to review their cheap holidays and post their comments on their website, good or bad. You will need to look at the comments carefully as you tend to find that some people may have had a bad experience, out of the tour companies control, or even a clash of personalities, can lead to conflict on holiday. I often check and use Travel Republic reviews on their website, which help me make a decision on my next destination. I suggest you read the comments and use these to help you find a good reputable company, making sure that they are registered with ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents). Then, when you have found a good company, you can book your tour to whichever of their destinations you want to visit. Then all you need to do is to enjoy your holiday.

Remember, that you should also comment on the travel sites that you used to help make you a decision, and pass on your experiences of your holiday. You may just end up having the holiday of a lifetime, and if you are single, you just might meet someone new and unique in your life.

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