Solo vs Group Travel | Is It Worth Paying for an Organized Tour Service?

Solo vs Group Travel | Is It Worth Paying for an Organized Tour Service?

Are you debating whether to book your next trip solo or through an organized group travel company like Intrepid or G Adventures? We run through the pros and cons of both approaches so you can determine which is the best option for you.

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  1. Robert Brown on December 15, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Great Video Ernest with great points

    I personally did not like the G Adventures SE Asia trip because I thought we moved way too fast to really enjoy any of the sites. As a predominately solo traveler, I do constantly worry about my safety (and I’m a pretty big dude), however, there is also a rush I get when I get off of a plane or bus in an unknown area. I think both experiences (solo and group travel) are valuable to have so that you can get an idea of the type of traveler you are.

  2. Ron White on December 15, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I’ve done both and enjoy doing both equally. But you can always add on a solo trip before or after a group trip. This year I did a group trip to Croatia for yacht week… then afterwards went to Italy solo.

  3. Zarihs Zoltan on December 15, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Very nice video with a lot of information

  4. Jose Perez on December 15, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Ernest another awesome video ! I’m a big fan of traveling solo group travel is find with close friends for sure 🙏🏽. Stay awesome Ernest I love your channel ❗️

  5. Trip komodo flores on December 15, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Tour yang sangat menyenangkan

  6. Mark Santucci on December 15, 2019 at 4:53 am

    I have another question me and my cousin are suppose to be going on vacation in October my travel agent gave us a good deal on Ireland.
    I remember when Globus sent us a welcoming package. They mentioned in the package a lot of things 1 thing they mentioned that we have to have a pin in our credit cards is this still the same as it was in 2014?

  7. GONZALO gomez on December 15, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Group travel sounds interesting I should give it a try at least once. My wife and I usually like to plan our own trip but with a group we might see more interesting attractions. And I thought you where in your low 30s lol

  8. mcomeslast on December 15, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Yeah, the negatives of group travel are why I don’t do that more often. I’m planning to take one to Israel and will go with a group (2 are on my list depending on my circumstances)but I will pay extra for single occupancy. I’m there for the trip not to hear someone’s life story (there is one in every group, lol).

  9. Jazmin Delgado on December 15, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Thank you for this. I’m trying to plan a trip next year and would prefer to do a tour group. Only issue is can’t find one for my dream destination 😭

  10. AC BC on December 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Heck No dot com ! We have a good plan together …. No ….. I believe in my boyfriend’s suggestions!!!
    No ! I wouldn’t be stuck with anyone else because I don’t know their travel style .Tourists can be fun for 6 minutes and it’s over .

  11. Mark Santucci on December 15, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Trip Astute Help I need help making vacation plans. Me and my cousin are looking to go on vacation from either November 3thrd or the 4th to the 9th or 10th. we first started looking at Universal in Florida, next he came up with group package with Globus to Ireland he only want’s to do a tour group in Ireland he doesn’t want to go on our own he want’s something like the 2 you suggested I called both company’s up and they said there are NO TOURS IN NOVEMBER Intrepid and G adventures. on our own my travel agent from Liberty said since were not driving Ireland wouldn’t be a good idea. she said Universal would be better. But we have no kids the park closes earlier . I called the Visa signature concierge service they came up with 2 places
    Alaska and Cancun watching your video theres Panama and costa Rica.

    so for November 3thrd to the 10th any idea’s with a travel group no to far we don’t want to go to South east Asia or Thailand. in Ireland are there any other tour groups that you would recemond or basicly it would be the same as G adventures they don’t travel to Ireland at that time of year? any idea’s as a vacation to go on with tour groups?

  12. Jackie B on December 15, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Hi, I think travel in group would benefit someone like me who wants to travel but scared of it.

  13. Davish Lamburnt on December 15, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Thanks for this video. I’ve been considering a solo trip to Mexico and have been a little nervous.

  14. Matt Smith on December 15, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Great video. All the info I need, nothing I don’t. Well done.

  15. Cecilia Charon on December 15, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Thank u for sharing this info..Ive been wanting to go away but I hvent bcz I didnt want to go a lone..You’ve open my eyes to give group traveling a try..

  16. keke d on December 15, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Thank you so much for this video I’m planning on going on a vacation alone and it’s a bit scary

  17. mahchymk93 on December 15, 2019 at 5:10 am

    I love planning my own trips, the only reason why I would ever consider an organized tour is for the sake of company because I don’t think I’ll have fun on my own. Part of the fun for me is sharing the experience and I can’t imagine having fun solo. Side note: you must be a mind reader man because this is exactly what I’ve been contemplating recently

  18. Thue Iggs on December 15, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I want to start traveling but I don’t have anyone who can go with me due to their careers/families. I’m terrified of traveling alone-where can I find these group at? Thanks in advance 🙂

  19. Narayan Pandey on December 15, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Life is too short. Respect each other and enjoy life to the fullest. Remember that tomorrow is a lie. Love each others culture

  20. Patricia Araujo on December 15, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I’m venturing off to Greece later this year as a solo traveler. I’ve never been there and have always wanted to go. As a kid, my mother, her sister, a cousin and I spent about 3 weeks on a bus tour of Europe and then a month with a Eurail pass. Very brave of Mom considering this was back in 1973 and English was not spoken that much in Europe! I found an apartment .1 miles from the Acropolis and I plan to spend a long time looking at the ruins and recalling my college history courses. I can do that as a solo traveler. I don’t like to be hurried. Tours were just too expensive.

    Right now, I’m planning other things I want to do and see. Anyone ever seen Delphi? I want to, but am unsure of the +$100 price tag. Thanks!! Great video, as always, Ernest!

  21. Travel Teez on December 15, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Great work. I liked yor video. Perhaps we could subscribe to each other’s channel since we both love travel )

  22. PirateKingMax on December 15, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Great video! Thanks for the advice.

  23. Andy on a Journey on December 15, 2019 at 5:22 am

    Very interesting take on things! Personally, I’d rather travel solo. I’m inherently introverted. I like going on excursions in a group, but I’d rather have my own lodging and eat alone. And I don’t do well with dramatic people. So, I’d rather do most of my traveling alone.

  24. Emily W on December 15, 2019 at 5:28 am

    I always prefer solo travel, but every now and than I don’t feel comfortable in a specific country alone (such as war torn countries, or countries where solo travel as a woman is dangerous)

  25. Mark Pons on December 15, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Have travelled solo and on escorted tours however find listing to all the history of places difficult as I’m not really that interested in history or religion. When I have 5raveled solo I @lways seem to book the Wrong hotels. I’m keen to know which is best

  26. Will S on December 15, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Are there any sites where you can organise group travel without paying through a business??

  27. Mo Mo on December 15, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing the valuable information but wish you would avoid the music. It is loud, distracting and annoying.

  28. Waller's Wallet on December 15, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Great perspective! We usually plan our own trips, because we find it (and enjoy) a challenge. But, we might have to consider a travel group in the future. Keep up the good work!

  29. Rachel Smets Coaching on December 15, 2019 at 5:38 am

    I like to travel solo!
    It gives me FREEDOM! I’m free to do what I want, when I want.
    I make my own decisions too.
    And I meet lots of people because I talk to everyone.

    My videos are all about my journey in many countries, meeting people, adjusting, feeling at home anywhere and saving money too!

    Happy journey!

  30. LEB52 on December 15, 2019 at 5:39 am

    There was a time when I would plan all my tours, mostly because I had a set person or place to see. My last vacation to Australia and New Zealand was with Trafalgar tours and I totally would use a guided tour again if it is a place I am not familiar with or if I want special access to hard to get to places or just don’t want to hassle all the planning.

  31. Jazmin Delgado on December 15, 2019 at 5:39 am

    If I use intrepid or gadventures is it a monthly payment type thing ?

  32. Vincent Pascual on December 15, 2019 at 5:40 am

    For my last few international trips, my family and I booked a private tour guide at each of our destinations. You get the best of both worlds. This includes a local guide who is very knowledgeable about the area (guides are usually native to the area) and can make recommendations re: food, theatre, etc. As far as itineraries and sites, the private tours offer some preplanned lists, but they also offer flexibility in terms of adding/deleting sites from a list and deciding when to visit particular sites. They know the must-see sites and can recommend other places/things to do off the beaten path. And they can allow you some extra time at a site for photos or buying souvenirs. Most offer private transportation as well. And when you’re done for the day, you’re free to do what you want, whether eating somewhere or just hanging out or shopping.

    There are also some drawbacks. You still have to be ready at a certain time in the morning to meet the guide. (I think you should start at a set time in order to maximize your time on the ground there.) Sometimes, you’ll get tour guides who don’t know the area or the history as well as they should. Additionally, because private guides are usually paid by the hour, you feel rushed and pressured to make the most of your time there. For booking flights and hotels, you’re on your own.

    For safety reasons, I will never travel solo internationally, even if I have a private tour guide. The only times I will travel solo are when I’m in the U.S. and when I travel to cities I’m relatively comfortable with (this includes visiting friends I know there). My last solo trip was to Washington DC. I’ve been there 4 times and I still haven’t seen everything I want to see. I did have some business there, but it was more for pleasure (including catching up with some friends). 🙂 I’ve also been to NYC several times and I would go back there solo to experience everything else I didn’t get to before and to visit friends.

  33. Mark Santucci on December 15, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Hi Trip Astute. back in November of 2014 me and my cousin went with a tour group called Globus. we flew from either Newark or Logan airport into London’s Heathrow airport we stayed in London went to the office of Globus in one of the hotels in London. they went over the itenery with us.

    Things I liked about the tour group we got to talk about sports with other people they were telling me that there summer sport is cricket and I think he said they play 20 or so regular season games, we were telling him in the Us our summer sport is baseball and they play 162 games the guy that I was talking to was from Austrila or Austria ? I have my picture taken with a man his daughter is from Toronto in the photo he has a Maple leafs hoodie and I have a New York Rangers long sleeve shirt on. we went all over the country side of England we saw the sign of Birminingham where Black sabbath is from. your correct you meet a lot of people and see how they live by talking to them.

    Things I don’t like about tour groups we have to get up at 6:00 am NOT PM BUT AM we have to shower have breakfast the bus leaves at 7:30 am this is not a vacation. you have to do what the group want’s to do not what you want to do.

    Trip when you travel do you bring a hat of a sports team example La Kings , Toronto Maple leafs , New York Yankees , LA Dodgers, Philadelphia 76ers, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks?

  34. Dan Dawson on December 15, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Although it’s not as complex as international travel, the solo vs group discussion should also be considered for ski trips. Quite often it’s significantly cheaper with a group, just need to find one going to the resort on your list and see if the dates work. They sometimes even have lodging options too, Ie; ski in/out ($$$) or off property ($). On that note, can you do a review of hotel cards that can be redeemed at resort locations? Marriott’s 3 locations in Park City do not qualify for the annual night (which is only for cat 1-5). IHG & Hyatt are great keeper cards, but my family are only interested in ski destinations. Just a thought for a future video, thanks! Keep up the great content.

  35. michelle fuller on December 15, 2019 at 5:43 am

    I think the "drama" on a group tour is entirely dependent on the size of the group as well as the age of the people. There is also plenty of privacy, which is what I love about group travel. All in all, I much prefer it. You see WAYYY more of the local culture and sights on a group tour than you ever would on your own. G Adventures is awesome.

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