Recently, I returned from an absolutely amazing trip to Antigua. One of the coolest things about this trip was that I went with a travel group. Now that I think about it, this wasn’t the first time I had traveled with a group, but it was one of the best tour group experiences I’ve ever had. All fun and no drama… just 22 women with the common goal of exploring the world and having a good time!
There are so many benefits to traveling with a tour group:
Everything Is Planned For You
Planning excursions when I travel has always been really overwhelming for me. There are always so many options to choose from. But in most cases, when you’re traveling with a tour group, everything from meals to excursions is planned for you. For this particular trip, our excursions and accommodations were all planned for us.
Our trip was kind of short and our only excursions were a day trip to Barbuda (I didn’t go) and a catamaran cruise to private beaches, which were absolutely stunning! As a special treat, our coordinator even hired a professional photographer to document our experience on the catamaran!
Our accommodations were at the brand new all-inclusive Royalton Antigua resort and it was absolutely beautiful. I’ll get into my experience at the resort in another post. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it.
Great Way to Organize Travel with Friends
When it comes to planning trips with friends I often find that people just don’t want to split up the duties that come along with planning a trip. That either leaves one person to plan it all or no one at all. Since everything is already planned for when you travel with a tour group, you can eliminate the anxiety that comes along with planning a group trip and have a stress free vacation with your friends.
Someone to Show You the Way
You don’t have to worry about getting lost or finding the pickup point for your excursions because your guide will show the way. Many tour group trips come with a guide to lead you on your journey. They can translate for you and answer any questions you may have. They can even order food for you (I definitely had to get my guide in Morocco to order pizza from pizza hut for me because my French was TERRIBLE)
On this particular trip we didn’t have a guide, but our coordinator had visited the island a few weeks before we arrived, to ensure that everything was in place for us. Seriously, Wes was the best coordinator ever!
Your Parents Can Relax
My mother is the epitome of a worry wart, so when she found out I was going to Antigua and didn’t know anyone on the trip she was definitely nervous. But, she didn’t really need to worry. When you’re traveling with a group, it’s completely safe for you to go without knowing anyone. You’re literally never alone until it’s time to go to bed (unless you share a room with someone). There is always someone to go exploring with, have dinner with, or lay out on the beach with.
I have to admit, I was pretty nervous about going on this trip alone. I’m not even sure why I felt that way. I go to concerts, restaurants, and festivals alone all the time when I’m at home. I just knew that I would spend my entire vacation alone and doing my own thing. The truth is, from the time I arrived at the resort until I landed back in the U.S., I was never by myself!
I know I get on my friends nerves always asking them to take my picture. When you’re with a travel group everyone is willing to stop and pose for pictures and be tagged in them so that their friends and family back home can see. Of course, they’ll take great pics for your personal collection too!
We were regularly taking each other’s pics, and we took it seriously too! We were constantly telling each other which way to pose, and ensuring each pic got the right amount of lighting. It was pretty fun and absolutely hilarious!
Some of the most epic pics that depict group travel can be found on social media pages like Melanin Globe!
You Leave With a New Group of Friends
After sharing so many memories and hilarious moments… how could you not leave a group trip without a set of new friends? You’ll develop a network of friends from all over the country! It’s an awesome way to stay in touch with the new people you’ve connected with to visit them or even travel together again!
From the start of our trip we were all already feeling like we had been friends for years. We laughed, and some of us even shed a few tears. By the end of the trip, we were all already thinking about a trip together in 2020.
Keep in mind that your experience with a travel group all depends on the group you’re with, but having a good attitude about it will make all the difference. You’ll get to meet some cool people and make a lot of awesome memories.
If you’re interested in traveling with a tour group, here are some of my favorite people that plan frequent group trips:
I really hope you’ll make your next trip with a travel group!