Curious about those group travel tours? Here’s where to start

When it comes to traveling, some people are more into going solo — doing what they want, when they want — while others prefer going with a group travel company. With the latter, not only is the planning is done for you, but you also have automatic travel buddies. Plus, you can find a trip that’s catered toward your specific interests, such as adventure activities and/or eco-friendly tourism. But with so many group travel companies on the market, how do you choose?
“Working with reputable tour operators means your trip will be seamless — all you’ll need to worry about is what you’re going to wear,” Mary “Libby” Emanuel, owner of Premier Group Travel in Mount Dora, Florida, said in an email. “That being said, they vary widely in age restrictions, travel styles, inclusions, activity levels, price points and sustainable travel offerings.” She said it’s best to figure out what you want in a trip and go from there. For instance, you can ask yourself questions like: What do you want to see and do? Do you want the group to be on the smaller or larger size? What’s your budget like?
If you still can’t decide, you can speak to a tour specialist for advice on what group travel company would be the best fit for you. Instagram could also be a great resource; in addition to looking up the companies’ pages, you can look up travelers’ hashtags of the companies so you see what kinds of experiences stood out for people who went on the trips.
To help you decide, here are some of the most popular group travel companies. Of course, prices for each one vary, depending on factors such as location and which type of trip you decide to take.