No need to eat alone anymore
It’s not so long ago that if you were single you stood out a mile while on holiday as the lonely soul eating alone, even if you did so by choice. No longer having to lay your solo towel on the beach or bear the brunt of the unfair ‘single supplement’ are a couple of the main benefits of enjoying a group holiday.
There’s a group for everyone
No-matter what your hobby or interest, there is someone who shares it, whether it’s football, Ancient Greece, throwing pottery or diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Specialist holiday companies cater for the needs of specific enthusiasms, whether they be naturists, singles, walkers or stag holidays, and because of their experience in targeted markets they are often able secure a discount price for group holidays or offer the group organiser a variety of extras.
Many group holidays are tailored to the needs of single travellers, and holidaying as a group is an ideal way of sharing a common interest or developing a new one with like-minded people. It is also an excellent way of making new friends (and avoiding the ‘wall flower’ feel of a solo holiday). For families, being part of a family group holiday is a perfect way for the whole family to have a great time; the kids make new friends and keep each other entertained, while the parents get much needed time to relax either as a couple or with other parents.
A convivial way to travel
Group holidays aren’t always organised around a specific interest. Coach holidays cruises and yachting are an ideal way of seeing new places, but without necessarily sharing the interests of your fellow travellers. They are a perfect way of maintaining your independence and freedom, but don’t overlook the knowledge you and your holiday associates bring to the group. By sharing traveller’s tales you could learn far more than from the guide book you are carrying, and open yourself up to new friends and experiences. A larger group can offer plenty of alternatives when it comes to choosing daytime activities and nightlife, and if the group you are on holiday with has been organised with a specific interest in mind, there will almost certainly be a wide range of skill levels within the group which will be open to you and enhance your holiday pleasure.
Group holidays far from home are an ideal way of ensuring mutual support and company in unfamiliar cultures and surroundings, and can hugely simplify travel arrangements. As a group you can organise your own transport, enjoy your own company, and pool resources for the services of guides, drivers or cooks. Group holidays are particularly popular and practical in far flung destinations in Africa, South America and Asia.