By Andrea Schubiner
The New Year brings a time to reflect on personal goals and resolutions – and it is no surprise that “traveling more” is often at the top of people’s lists.
While 2022 may still hold much uncertainty for your travel plans, January remains a perfect time to refine your travel bucket lists and start planning ways to turn your travel dreams into a reality this upcoming year. However, given the still unfolding path of the pandemic, you may want to review my earlier post on purchasing travel insurance, just in case.
If you are one of many Americans who find themselves with big travel ambitions but are unsure as to how to properly see travel plans through, do not worry – you are not alone! Far too many people have long travel bucket lists, but are reluctant to travel on their own, or feel overwhelmed by the planning process. Some often just don’t have the time to put together a customized, detailed trip. If any of those barriers resonate with you, don’t let those obstacles stop you from traveling! A group tour could be the easy, perfect solution for you!
Guided group tours can be an excellent choice for travelers who are eager to hit the road, but don’t want to deal with all the details, or travel on their own. The beauty of a group tour is that you can just pack your bag, and not have to worry about any of the transfers, hotels, tours, or other logistics. Even better, you may find yourself surrounded by like-minded travelers eager to explore the world and share incredible experiences together.
There is no shortage of great options for travelers looking to explore the world on an organized group trip. With so many options catering to different destinations, group sizes, interests, activity levels, budget, and more – the hardest part of travel may be narrowing down what trip is best for you!
To help you navigate your options and choose a dream trip that is right for you, I have consolidated some important questions to ask when considering a group trip and outlined some group providers you may which to consider for your next journey.
Important Questions to Consider When Selecting a Group Trip
Of course, there are some essential criteria you will want to make sure a group trip meets before moving forward – like the right dates, destination, and budget – but beyond these crucial points, you will want to consider the following aspects of the trip before signing up:
Where to start? Some recommended group trip providers to consider
The following list is in no way exhaustive as to your group travel options, but hopefully a good start of showing you some available options and great companies you can leverage for your next trip:
Beyond the above tour providers, cruises are also an excellent way to book a fully planned itinerary and easily meet like-minded travelers. Booking river and expedition cruises through a company like Tauk can make the onboard experience feel even smaller with your own group within a cruise support network.
With lots of great options covering literally every corner of the world – make 2022 your year to get out and explore those places you have been yearning to visit!
Andrea Schubiner is the Founder of Wanderful Journeys, a boutique travel advisory service that specializes in designing unique itineraries filled with enriching, off-the-beaten-path experiences, coupled with luxury service. Wanderful Journeys was founded as a vehicle to share Andrea’s love of traveling with others. A true citizen of the world, Andrea has journeyed across 95 countries and has visited over 250 cities on 6 continents. A native Detroiter, Andrea has been fortunate to also call New York, Chicago, Johannesburg, and London ‘home’ over the years. After receiving a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Andrea has turned her experience as a marketing professional and as a management consultant at Bain & Company, into an entrepreneurial endeavor. Her passion for adventure and severe wanderlust has molded her into an expert on all things travel.