To give you an insight into what to expect from this type of travel we asked some Travel Bloggers that have been there, done that to let us all in on their story and why they loved, or hated, travelling on a small group tour.
Who are our travellers?
This is how Joanna describes herself…
Traveler. Dreamer. Cat lover. Wondering around the world with my backpack and my camera. Contributing to make the world a better place.
I didn’t consider the option of a guided adventure tour before but when I won a competition and was asked to choose a “paid trip” I went for G Adventures. It was the only one I was familiar with and I liked the idea of their extended trip through Rajasthan, India, so I chose them. I didn’t know what to expect prior to the departure, having only travelled solo in the past.
All my worries have dissipated however at the “get to know each other meeting” which happened a day before the tour. The guide was friendly and all the other people joining the trip were around my age, with the same attitude and interests as me.
I ended up having the time of my life in India and even now, after 3 years, I’m still friends with some of the people I travelled with. I was lucky to be in a group who blended very well together, there was never a misunderstanding between any of the members of the group. The next year I chose another adventure company (local and sustainable this time) to travel with in Cuba. The experience was the same, excellent.
I like the adventure tours because they include a lot of options for different things to see and do in each location we visit. Besides the set activities usually there is a free day in each location where you can do whatever you want and most of the times, the big group will split into smaller ones based on whatever everyone wants to do, so you will always have someone joining you in an activity. The advantage of an adventure tour is that there will always be a guide with you to help, advise and answer all your questions. If something happens (as things do) he or she will be there to offer you support (the airline lost the luggage of one girl while in India and the guide was in permanent contact with them to help sort this issue out; in Cuba another girl got food poisoning and the guide was there for her to make sure she recovers).
Do you have an opinion on travelling as part of a small group organised tour?