Group Travel: Is it Right For You?
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer” -Anonymous
Many of you who read this post already know if traveling with a group is right for you. I had always been hesitant since I like my space and don't like waiting for others when there is something I want to do. Over the past year I have traveled with two groups. One of the trips would be considered luxury travel: (click on the underlined words following to see a post on this trip)
The other would be considered be considered an adventure/humanitarian travel trip:
It would be unfair for me to compare these two trips because that would be like comparing apples and oranges! Tanzania is a developing country and New Zealand has a thriving economy. I definitely did learn what I want and can handle in a trip especially with other people.
On one trip, which would be considered adventure and humanitarian travel, to Tanzania with I had to share a room with 3-4 people and sleep on bunk beds. For two nights of the nine I was there I had to share a bed with another woman. I also had to share a bathroom with no less than four people. We only had access to cold or bucket showers which made it impossible for me to wash my waist length hair :( There was also one night that we were supposed to sleep in a boma in Massai Land. I didn't go because they were sacrificing a goat and everyone had to drink a little blood or the Massai might be insulted. I am a strict vegetarian and am very involved in animal rescue. There was no wifi in the guest houses we stayed at the entire trip.
It may sound like I'm bashing this group and I really don't mean to - that is NOT my intent. My intent is to share some questions that I will always ask when traveling with others. I feel that I should have known better and asked more questions! Here are some:
1. Will I be sharing a room (or a bed) and with how many people?
2. Will I be sharing a bathroom and with how many people?
3. Ask for a COMPLETE itinerary so you will know if there are any activities that conflict with your beliefs.
4. Will any of the places you stay have wifi or any type of internet access?
5. How often will you be moving from place to place?
6. If traveling to a developing country, what type of bathroom facilities will be available? In many developing countries, there is no running water so you might only have a squat type toilet.
7. What will your daily schedule be like? If each day is 12-16 hours, do you have the stamina for it?
8. What is the food and or meals like?
9. How much spending money and or cash will I need?
***I may add to this list if you want to leave me a comment with other important questions.
Now that I have told you so many negatives about my trip to Africa, it's only fair that I tell you the positives. First and foremost, they made sure we were safe and felt safe. They told us what we needed to know about the culture so we wouldn't offend anyone AND stay safe. The leaders made sure that I had vegetarian food even though I was the only one on the trip. They also respected my decision to not spend the night in Masailand for the goat sacrifice. I learned how to use my DSLR camera. By staying at the guest houses we were financially helping the local people. I got to see the culture and a side of the country that I would not have if I hadn't been on this trip. I also got some great photos! Please see my other post on this trip here:
Thank you so much for stopping by. I love to read your comments or questions and and reading other people's blogs as well. Your e-mail address will never be published. Until next time, take care my friends!