Wednesday, August 27, 2014

5 things I Like About Travelling with Tour Groups

I love travelling.  So much, that I enjoy doing with or without companions.

Travelling solo has its advantages and disadvantages, but for now, I am writing about what I enjoy most in going on Group Tour Packages.

Previously, I was able to join Parana Tours for a trip to Mt. Pulag, and Travelfactor for the Pahiyas Trip, but my most memorable so far is with Roadtrip Travels as we spent a 3 day adventure in the town of Baler.

1.  Hassle Free

Itinerary for group tours are usually designed to maximise your stay at your destination.   With group tours, you don't have to worry about getting to your destination and transfers.  Especially in provinces where attractions are far apart and transportation a problem.  You just need to read carefully the inclusions, and prepare extra for your personal incidentals.  Advance reading and research is also an advantage.  You can compare rates and check on the value of the inclusions whether you're getting the best value or not.

2.  Shared Expenses

Group tours are usually cheaper because expenses are shared among the participants.  There are expenses that charges per group, like tricycle and boat rides.  Also, accommodations are priced lower especially if you're willing to share.  The more participant, the lesser your contribution.

3.  Freebies

Tour providers have different gimmicks to attract tourist.  My Mt. Pulag climb with Parana comes with a certificate.  My trip to Pahiyas with Travelfactor comes with a shirt and I.D., and my Baler adventure comes with and I.D. and a Bag Tag.  This way, you save up on souvenir for your trip.

4.  Flexible

Since you have the transport service to yourself, it has the flexibility to stop for road side discoveries and breaks.

5.  Meet New Friends

Its ok to be shy at first, but you need to warm up and eventually mingle with other participants.  Somehow, this makes the trip meaningful.  Apart from the destination, lasting memories are created with the relationships you build on the trip.  It widens your network and the learnings are valuable.  Also, group shots are more fun and creative!

Shots made better with a group!  My new found friends L-R Dulz, JR, Sara, Me, Ms. A

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