Why you Should Vacation in Groups

As cultures around the world adopt more individualistic values, even travel has become a solo activity. For the seasoned traveler with a steady income or great buildup of savings, this might make perfect sense.

But for most college students, and others with a limited income, traveling in groups provides a wealth of benefits that they couldn’t take advantage of by traveling on their own.

So here are just a few of the many perks from traveling with your partner, your family, or some of your best friends.

Cheaper Accommodations

The most expensive part of your trips is hardly ever the plane ticket or the drive there. Unless you’re staying with family and friends, the cost of accommodation is likely what most of your money will go towards – if you travel alone.

By traveling in groups, you can split the cost of accommodation, which usually works out to much cheaper than paying for separate rooms. Very large groups also benefit from booking in bulk, which lowers the price significantly.

Cheaper Gas

Traveling in groups hardly ever helps the cost of a flight, but it definitely cuts down on gas if the group carpools. By road-tripping in a group, each person can save on the cost of gas, and the cost of renting a car for the trip.

And as the cost of gas continues to rise again in the United States, this benefit is one many people can appreciate.

Safety in Numbers

There is safety in numbers, especially when traveling to areas with high crime rates. Areas with high crime might include developing countries and big cities. However, even in rural areas, many people make a career out of preying on the ignorance of tourists.

While the chances of falling victims to scams and violence on vacation are low, it is not an impossibility. This is especially true for women, who are often easy targets of violence. Thus, the bigger the group, the greater the protection it affords.

Travelers often feel this safety in the group, thus pushing them to do more, see more, and experience more; rather than spend their time locked away in their hotel room. This can help to make the vacation an altogether more fulfilling experience.

Re-Evaluating Relationships

Traveling as a group – whether there’s two of you or ten – creates the perfect opportunity to bond. This is true whether people are building friendships, or working on intimate relationships.

It is also a great time to learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses. How people react to challenges they may face while traveling – long boring flights, sleepless hours on the road, or losing a wallet – can teach you a lot about each other.

Thus, traveling together can bring the right people closer together, and tear the wrong mix of people away from each other.

Traveling in groups can make your experience much more memorable than if you had traveled alone. There are always people to share rich moments with, and people who are likely to have your back if things go awry.

And if you need a little help getting there, we’ve got your back. Check out our travel services and get a free quote for your next trip.

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About the Author


Alexis Chateau is the Founder of College Mate and Managing Director at Alexis Chateau PR. She is an activist, writer, and explorer. Follow her stories of trial and triumph at www.alexischateau.com.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. I agree with this! I keep seeing things on solo travel and I really think traveling with groups is the best way to go about it. The main argument I see is that you meet more people when you’re solo, but if you make an effort to meet people when with a friend that point can become mute!

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    1. I do believe you meet more people solo. People don’t like approaching you when you have your pack.

      However, I don’t travel to meet people. I travel to observe and to see more of the world around me, and take pictures of it, of course!

      This year, the College Mate team has taken most of our trips together. I’m taking a solo trip next month though. 😄

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      1. I guess when I travel with a group I normally end up traveling with one or two other people tops so I end up mingling a fair bit anyways! I just don’t know how comfortable I’d be solo, but I do know a lot of people who have done it. It just makes me nervous because if something big goes wrong… I just like having back up.


  2. We used to have gap students from Australia at our school in southern England and all of them used to go on these Contiki organised trips through Europe during our summer holidays as it was cheap, safe, great fun, gave them a taste of our continent and made new friends. Needless to say it was a very enriching experience for all of them and they all loved it. I wonder if there is anything like this in the USA.

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    1. The best way to learn a country is to start with nature, I think. That’s one of those things I love about America. The hiking is amazing, especially out west. I bet they really enjoyed those trips! Did you go with them?

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  3. Heck no! That was for single teenagers and wouldn’t have been appropriate. We like our independent travels. And we are all for nature too.

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    1. Understandable. Thought you may have gone as a chaperone. Jamaica usually has church camping trips for preteens/teens, and adults go along as chaperones. My mom never let me go. She said that’s where teenagers got into things they shouldn’t lol


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