Join a Travelers Group
Wherever you live, chances are good that there are travel groups that share your interests. You may want to attend some of their planning events or presentations about previous trips to learn more about their travel style and future trip plans. If there is no travel group in your area that you care to join, consider starting one. Contact the Automobile Club or a local travel agency to suggest posting a call for interested people in your age group or who share similar attributes or interests to organize a travel group.
Research Travel Options
An existing travel group may currently use a certain transport service, like a bus charter, cruise program, or train trips. Some large groups of people travel together in a vehicle caravan or in mobile campers and RVs. Find out what type of transportation is available in your area as well as what has been used previously. You can then propose new ways of group travel that may be exciting and affordable, especially for those who haven’t tried these modes before.
Get to Know the Group
In addition to attending some group travel planning sessions, participate in social events with group members to get to know them. Ask for tips and advice to plan for a group trip. They can probably advise you on what to expect when traveling with several people and how to prepare for side trips, excursions, and special events on your group trip. The more familiar you get with at least some of the people, the more comfortable you will be if you have more questions later on or if a problem should arise.
Group travel differs from individual trips in several key ways. Although you are used to making decisions for yourself, some of them spontaneously, you should be prepared to conform to the group agenda. If changes are suggested, be ready to compromise so that everyone is more or less satisfied with the arrangements. Next time, you might get to recommend a side trip that others will support.
A large group trip can expand site-seeing opportunities, and you can benefit from others’ travel experience and insight. Enjoy your next trip from a multi-traveler perspective.
About the author
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.
Site updated on 12. January 2021