Backpacking alone is the most budget-friendly way to travel, right? Wrong. Here we’ll debunk this myth and help you discover why group trips are becoming the thriftiest way to globetrot.
Booking a plane ticket on your own and living out of a backpack has traditionally been the cheapest way to explore the world – but is that still the case? Costs mount up quickly, especially when you price up accommodation, transport and must-do activities. If you’d rather not stay in a hostel and subsist on peanut butter, a group tour is the way to go. By joining a group tour, you can meet like-minded people, immerse yourself in a new culture – and stretch your budget a lot further.
One of the more stressful and costly components of organising a trip is accommodation, especially if you plan on visiting multiple destinations. With a group tour, all the overnight stays are booked for you, and the cumulative price is lower, thanks to twin-share rooms and multi-night discounts. As a bonus, you’ll stay in hotels carefully selected by an expert on the area, taking quality, variety and facilities into account. Whether you’re snowmobiling in Iceland, hiking through Jordan or wine-tasting in Napa Valley, you can expect your accommodation to reflect the surrounding environment.
Travelling alone means squeezing onto overcrowded trains, enduring eight-hour bus rides and lots of panicked research about the legitimacy of local cabs. But on a group tour, you can relax. Aside from your flights, all transport is included in the price. This means there will often be a private bus or car reserved just for your group. Not only does it work out cheaper than a patchwork of different modes of transport, but you’ll only have to share with others on your tour. Certainly preferable to sitting on a public bus with an unknown elderly gentleman falling asleep on your shoulder.
Imagine the price-tag of booking a private wine tour for yourself. Astronomical, right? The benefit of joining a group trip is that costly private excursions are included in the price. Sunrise visits to famous landmarks, island-hopping on private boats and more come as standard. While planning a solo trip allows for greater flexibility, a group tour guarantees that only the best activities are on the roster, and you’ll have them all to yourself.
If you’re a real foodie, then one of the most exciting aspects of travel is sampling local cuisine. Street-food bites are affordable and delicious, but what about something more upscale? Group tours will often include meals to top gastronomic spots in the price – special discounts and set menus make this far less expensive than if you wandered in alone. On top of this, you’ll likely be treated to complimentary cocktails, inclusive wine-tasting and even a sunset glass of champagne, if you’re lucky.
Ready to join a group adventure? Check out TRIPS by Culture Trip, a carefully curated collection of small-group adventures that will fast-track you to the world’s most exciting cultures and destinations.