Types of holiday
– Grassroots / sustainable travel
– Community tourism
– Local projects
– Industry retreats
– Creative camps / retreats / conferences (Includes: Songwriting)
Number of travellers
So if you’re going to be brave and travel the world solo, then you definitely need to be more vigilant as to your welfare, belongings and travel budget. Solo travel requires more planning and bravery, but if done right the personal growth can be rewarding.
This is recommended only for more westernised nations or South East Asia where the tourist trail is more travelled. In other parts of the region where you want to go solo, you can go solo within an arranged tour – this ensures personal safety and also provides reliable transport where it is certainly lacking.
• The main benefit of travelling solo is that you gain more independence and can pretty much do whatever you feel like when you wish. You can schedule your plans to suit yourself. You don’t have to rely on others or be bogged down if in the case you had a travel partner who had other travelling intentions, deviating away from your preferences.
• Allows you to leave your comfort zone and meet new people and challenge yourself – a growth experience. You act on your own feet and are forced to socialise more and in most cases feel more close to the local culture.
• Less logistics and dramas, as you won’t have to worry (like when travelling in a group or with a companion) about dividing costs or working out who is liable for what. As you are travelling solo, you have a clear picture of what is due to be paid and can address is then and there.
– The main disadvantage of travelling solo is the cost factor. Most hotels are priced or arranged so that two people can stay in one room, which in turn allows for individual prices to be 50/50. Being solo, you have the same facilities but pretty much have to cover the entire costs of your room by yourself.
– Travelling solo can make personal safety more compromised, especially when travelling late at night or in less than safe regions. Also you won’t have someone who can look out for you for things like medical conditions and also emergency situations. (this doesn’t really apply if you are solo but part of an organised group tour)
– Lack of someone to share your experiences and memories with and have someone who can provide financial support – if there is an emergency. (this doesn’t really apply if you are solo but part of an organised group tour)
- Independent Traveler – Single travel tips – http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/specialty-travel/single-travel-tips-for-going-solo
- Rough Guides – Ten tips for surviving solo travel – http://www.roughguides.com/article/ten-tips-for-surviving-solo-travel/
- Sydney Morning Herald – Roam alone – http://www.smh.com.au/travel/traveller-tips/roam-alone-20110526-1f6jg.html
Duo (Partner or Companion)
Travelling with a partner can be a memorable experience or it can be a nightmare. To prevent any issues, you need to set out expectations for your trip and what your travel style is like. Ideally you should know your travel partner well and have the same sense of adventure or arrangements where you can have time to do what you both want to do.
What you don’t want to happen is you (being adventurous) going out and exploring the city, while your travel partner wishes to stay in their hotel by the pool. This is an example of where each person has vastly different travel styles – How do I know? Well this very scenario happened to me in one of my past travels. It’s not ideal but happens all too often when being naive to whom you are travelling with.
– The main benefits are the costs are shared, which means cheaper individual travel expenses. This applies most for accommodation, where rooms are catered for at least two people.
– Another perspective on what to do and where to go. You may have to compromise on what you want to do, but if you’re open to new experiences you may come across some hidden gems.
– Companionship and shared experiences are why flying with a partner is great. You get to support one another and is useful if you ever get sick or get lost. As they say two minds are better than one.
– Although it was a pro, having a companion who wants to do different things can also be a disadvantage. You can clash on what you both want to do on your itinerary, especially when time is tight. To avoid its best to discuss places you want to see before you travel.
– It may sound harsh, but your travel partner can also slow you down. If you’re the adventurous type and your companion seems to be slowing you down, then it will certainly irritate you if you have an action packed day planned. Also if your travel partner is prone to get sick or is overly fussy (as in always hungry and ‘precious’). This is where initial discussions before travelling can avoid issues.
– How to handle money between two people can become interesting, more if the person you are travelling with is trying to ‘mooch’ money from you and uses the old line ‘I’ll pay you back”. Only if you really trust them do you dare to lend money, as in most cases you’ll never see it again. Also when booking the travel, if you are the person arranging the plans and booking the trip, you would want your colleague to be forth coming first with the cash and then you can book (never book on behalf of your travel companion before receiving their share of their travel expenses for what you are booking).
Also when travelling each person will have an understanding that expenses are 50/50 between both (such a transport, accommodation and any arranged activity which is shared). Better to have a framework as to how you will both address money, before you set off on your travels.
- Daily muse – 3 tips for picking your perfect travel partner – http://www.thedailymuse.com/travel/3-tips-for-picking-your-perfect-travel-partner/
- Independent Traveler – 18 ways to keep the peace with your travel companion – http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/travelers-ed/18-ways-to-keep-the-peace-with-your-travel-companion
- Nomads World – Top 10 tips to survive travelling with your partner – http://nomadsworld.com/news/blog/top-ten-tips-to-survive-travelling-with-your-partner
- Tripify – Tips for choosing a travel companion – http://www.tripify.com/blog/tips-for-choosing-a-travel-companion
Group (DIY) – 3 + people
Travelling in a group and having it arranged by yours selves can be a challenge to coordinate but can also be a group bonding experience.
– Shared experience and sense of belonging to the group on your travels. As the group you are travelling with would already be acquainted before you travel, you would be more comfortable around one another and be more aware of each person’s temperament.
– Cheaper costs – as your accommodation costs are shared. The accommodation you would book as a group would allow you to leverage cheaper pricing (due to economies of scale). Plus travelling in a group allows you to stay at pricier accommodation as the individual costs are much lesser. The general trade off is price VS independence.
– Communal living and loss of the sense of independence. Travelling in a group with your friends can feel like your lost in the crowd at times and have to go along with what the group wants (even if it’s not what you want to do). If you are more of a private person, then the communal accommodation style, having everyone around you can be a bit daunting. If you are very comfortable with your friends and are easier going with whatever happens, then group travel might be for you.
– Planning travel for a group of people can become a bit of a drama, especially where several rooms need to be booked, more than one driver arranged and ensuring that the activity you do has enough spaces for everyone. Plus also you will need to run the plans by everyone prior to booking, to reach a general consensus – which can turn interesting if someone strongly opposes.
– The main problem with group travel is the reliability aspect of all parties in your travel team to follow through with committing to the trip and also following through on monies and also confirming details and travel documentation – such as passports. With money for group travel, it’s always best for everyone to pay their own costs initially and not have certain people pay and other say ‘I’ll pay you back’ – more than often doesn’t happen. Also if one of your group members doesn’t have their documentation in order or have forgotten to bring certain important things, it can create major problems for the group as whole.
- Huffington post – Group travel tips – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maile-keone/group-travel-tips_b_2325993.html
- Independent Traveler – Top 10 group travel survival tips – http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/travelers-ed/top-10-group-travel-survival-tips
Group (Pre-Arranged tour)
Arranged tour groups (think G adventures, Contiki, Bus about) are a great option if you are not savvy with planning an itinerary by yourself, are time poor or simply like the convenience of having your travel arranged by the provider. The general trade off for arranged tours is the price you pay for the convenience – although with competition in the market prices have now become more affordable.
With group travel its best to ensure that when you book, the provider guarantees the trip departure (apart from any natural or unforeseen safety issues). This will provide peace of mind and certainty, especially considering booking your flights and any other activities you have before and after the tour occurs.
– As mentioned the main benefit of arranged group travel is not worrying about planning an itinerary or the overall logistics of your travels, as most of that would be in the hands of the provider.
– Improved personal safety is achieved when travelling in arranged tours (especially in developing areas where security is lax – such as Africa, Latin America and the Middle East). As you are part of the tour, there is safety in numbers where y6our activities and actions will always be with members of your group. The tour organiser would have the burden of ensuring your personal safety and arranging any contingency plans if a natural disaster or terrorism activities occur.
– Socially, travelling in an arranged tour is great to meet new people and come out of your comfort zone. All members of the tour would be in the same position that you are in and even in the short or long time your are all together, strong friendships can form due to the shared experiences within the travels
– Also the sense of independence can be lost when travelling in arranged tours, as you are obligated to go with the itinerary of the group. If you find a place you like to spend more time in, then this could be an issue in an organised tour as the itinerary can be quite rigid (even allowing for free time). You may have to return to the place you love on another occasion.
– The communal setting of arranged group travel can be a bit daunting, especially when most group travel offers communal sleeping arrangements. In the group travel brochures they advertise that if you wish to have a private room, and then there is an additional cost to be paid for having this luxury. There are times where members of the group can get on each other nerves and you’ll most definitely encounter various personalities too.
- Lonely Planet – Tour company travel – http://www.lonelyplanet.com/africa/travel-tips-and-articles/77708
- Nomadic Matt – Choosing the right tour company – http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-tips/choosing-the-right-tour-company/
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