Tour group travel: Could it be for you?
Group touring has come a long way from guides waving umbrellas in the air and it's increasing popular.
One of the increasingly popular ways to travel is group tours. But if you think it’s all following tour guides waving umbrellas in the air, then think again! We asked Kent & Sussex travel experts Baldwins Travel Group to give us 5 reasons why tour travel might just be for you…
1) The number of people booking solo holidays rose by 14 per cent in 2017 and twice as many women as men are taking singles holidays. But rather than travelling in isolation group tour travel is an increasingly popular way for anyone travelling on their own to experience the world and make some life-long friends on the way.
2) Forget the idea of tour guides waving umbrellas in the air and a large cumbersome group of people crashing through cultural cities or cramming onto tour coaches. Less is definitely more when it comes to group tours. Smaller boutique and tailored tour travel is now widely available.
3) Small tour groups offer the camaraderie of like minded people but numbers are limited to no more than 12-24 people so there’s the added benefit of being more flexible and packing more in. Edwina Coppock of Titan Travel, says: ‘When travelling in smaller numbers it’s not only easier to meet local people in a more informal setting, travellers are also experiencing rewarding off-the-beaten-track destinations and activities that would otherwise be impractical for larger tour groups.’
4) And since small group tours are on the rise, according to Edwina, there’s now a huge amount of variety available so you don’t have to be an independent traveller to really immerse yourself in the local culture of your destination. She says: ‘Titan Travel, for example, now offer as many as 34 small group tours around the world. These offer everything from South African Safari Adventure to the Temples and Villages of Burma or a cultural experience in the Contrasts of Colombia tour to meeting the Great Apes of Uganda.
5) This is a grown up type of holiday, but by that we don’t mean that it’s just for retirees. From singles to couples, the travel experts are noticing a younger audience is attracted to the thought of embracing new experiences – and small group travel. Whether you’re going away as a couple or with a group of girlfriends this is a perfect option for anyone that wants a bit more adventure than sizzling poolside with a constant supply of Sangria (nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it’s nice to have a change, you know…)
You can find out more about Titan Travel and their Small Group Touring holidays through Baldwins Travel Group, by phone or by visiting one of their Kent branches in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Cranbrook, Sevenoaks and Tenterden. Or Lewes and Uckfield in East Sussex.