When I told friends that I was traveling to Scotland on a luxury escorted group tour, I got a lot of blank stares. Why would a savvy world traveler like me subject herself to a slow bus, a rigid schedule, and the company of strangers?
Obviously, group travel has a little bit of an image problem.
Now that I’ve been on a handful of these trips, I’ve become something of an evangelist. Why? Because group travel is fun and easy. And as a traveling mom, those are not adjectives I throw around lightly. Here are five common myths I hear all the time about group travel:
1. It’s too expensive
People invariably get sticker shock when they price group travel. It’s easy to get hung up on the big numbers without really thinking about what’s included – I’ve done it myself.
Let’s look at a 1-week trip to Costa Rica that costs $14,400 for a family of four without international airfare. Ouch, right? Before you go breathing into a paper bag, consider that the price includes exhaustive destination research, nice hotels, internal flights, exclusive activities, most meals, a couple adult-only dinners, and superb guides.
Could you organize a family trip to Costa Rica for less? Of course. Would you get high quality activities, luxury accommodations, and a completely hassle-free experience? Probably not.
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