I am a snob. I like to do my own thing and think group travels are for the less capable.
In my younger years I rolled my eyes at the thrones of package tourists being unloaded from their coaches only to spend 10 minutes taking photographs before being ushered back into the safety of their tinned metal transport. What was the fun in that?
It’s not just the inflexibility that turned me off group travel. My preference for traveling solo also come from my travel selfish-ness. I don’t like having to compromise on the travel plans, I want to be able to change my mind last minute and not do something I don’t feel like doing. I want to have my quiet photo times when I can patiently wait for that little bird to come out of hiding for the perfect shot. I hate being told what to do.
Even traveling with my bestest friends can be stressful for me, as we constantly have to negotiate how long we are going to spend in certain places, what we are going to have for dinner and whether or not we take the bus/train or walk.
And then, there is the obvious – traveling in groups (or even in pairs) limit the amount of time I can socialise to meet new people, let alone trying to find that little bit of holiday fling!
I know people who like to travel in groups, or always go with a tour group because everything is done for them and all they have to care about is to enjoy the scenery or activities organised for them. They also like the comfort of knowing exactly what is going to happen and who they’ll be spending their holidays in, and most of all, when something goes wrong, they know they have someone to look to.
Fair enough. When you have so many other things to worry about, perhaps it is sometimes easier to just let someone do the work for you.
Older and wiser, I am no longer as snobby about independent travels anymore, now that I’ve grown up and learnt the many responsibilities and other factors that may limit the way we travel. However I think I am still a lone traveler at heart.
What do you prefer? Are you a solo snob like me, or are group travel the thing for you?