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. what if Im a solo traveler and opts to have a group tour? do u think the experience would be great? I mean I dont want to be in a group of couples and besties. that would only mean ill be leftout

  2. Mid Nite MetaTalk

    I can’t do groups, especially if they’re Americans. They’re exactly the kind of folks I’m trying to get away from.

  3. I'm from Malayisa and I've been travelling with my family to other Southeast Asian countries, China (group trip) and UK(itenerary planned by my sister who studies over there).
    The reason I dislike group tours is food waste. We had our meals together and the portion is just too large for us. It makes me sick when I see roughly 40% of food is left uneaten.
    Besides, I do not have a good time taking photographs. Sometimes it takes more time composing the shots, but you gotta move.

  4. Traveling via a group organization can be fun because you DO experience a lot vs travelling solo or with a group of friends but Ideally I'd like to try traveling solo, with a group of friends or maybe a group of friends and a personal tour guide at least once.

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  7. Nice 👍👍from Dubai

  8. Beatriz Morales

    I do both 🙂 My niece is stationed in Germany so I went and stayed with her for a month & a half. On the weekends I would go with her and her husband and during the week while they were working I would go on my own it was amazing. Being a woman I agree with you safety is a factor but if you travel smart you'll be ok. Use a wrist wallet or something that hooks into your bra. Backpacks are for a water bottle & souvenirs:) Save money where you can so you can spend on a cab for safety if you are stuck somewhere and it got late!

  9. Raspberry Spice

    I've travelled solo for a number of years but always travelled 5*. They provide a single table so if you don't want to eat dinner on your own you can join that table. I plan my day by joining events on various travel companies. Have the best of both worlds, no drama in group tour

  10. Gateway1 is the best hands down. Affordable, AND one of the few tour companies that include flights.

  11. I travelled in 6 countries(S.E.A) by myself, but I'm thinking to do a group tour (Europe) due to my lack of direction skills. Group tour is expensive but I think it's worth it.

  12. Yu Yi Adventures

    1) these are my 2 favorite tour companies because they are Responsible, Sustainable and give back to the local communities. That is one of my top reasons why I would choose to support them first before looking into any others. ( you forgot to mention that)

    2) Having said that, I have yet to experience either one of these, but I plan to. – So yes, I will but I am on the older crowd side and don't qualify for the rustic trips for the younger crowd (unfortunately because a would love to stay in a (glass) windowless hut on a beach any day!

    3) I am used to doing travel planning all by myself and try to travel on a shoestring. However, never traveled alone. I always had a friend to do travel with. Now its not that easy to find a friend who has the same time off as yourself, so I would probably prefer a small tour than go completely alone. Yeah, cuz that is kind of boring.

    4) Cost/convenience/ hassle : Sometimes you look at a tour package and think "Woah! that is so expensive! overpriced! , I can do it so much cheaper." But could you really? Nickels and dimes add up. And if you really priced it out – apples to apples, you may find that there either isn't much of a difference, and even may be cheaper If a tour company did all the work for you and carried the responsibility on their shoulders and not yours. So, its a toss up. If you love the research and love spending hours and hours putting everything together, like airport transfers, tours, your whole itinerary, and you really value your freedom. by all means, go for it. Personally I would do my own thing but do it with a friend or family member (they actually are my most fun friends!) But if I didn't have a companion, I would go on a tour. Solo traveler not traveling solo.

    5) Safety/Security – Ladies, example countries like Egypt. Do you really want the hassle? the stares? The men coming up to you again and again offering something.. Not to mention it really isn't safe. And then, Can you speak the language? There are places where NO ONE speaks English, I mean not a lick. (side note, my daughter has been in Egypt for the past month and will probably be there for another month. She is staying at a friend's family home in central Cairo. Her friend is a guy and his mother insists that she not go anywhere alone, even when she wanted to get an Airbnb, they (the whole extended family 😂) were too worried for her that she decided to continue to stay with them. At first, she felt constrained because she is so independent and was frustrated that she couldn't just go out for a run on her own. But it wasn't frustration with the family. It was actually true. She is cool with it now. ) So, Ladies think twice about going places that may be a bit more dangerous for women. Its a cultural thing. That being said, Europe? NO problem. You can go solo without a hitch. Actually anywhere in the world that is a relatively safe country is fine. Australia, New Zealand, etc… there are many places where you really don't need a tour for safety, only if you want the convenience of having someone else take care of everything.

    Hope I answered your questions. Great video by the way. Thanks for it.

  13. Great video! 😊I did Central America with G Adventures and it was amazing! I totally agree with your pros and cons (though we didn't have much drama, which is really good considering we were travelling together for 1 month), but ultimately the pros won out for me. There was so much I ended up doing that I wouldn't have without the tour- either because I wouldn't have known about it or it wouldn't have appealed to me without deeper investigation eg. doing a cave tour of ATM in Belize or climbing a volcano in Guatemala. On the tour they had people visit our hostel to discuss these activities in more depth so we could make an informed decision. Plus, I just felt so much safer! Even when I went out to do things on my own (we had quite a lot of freedom during the days) I knew if anything happened to me or I went missing, someone would notice and raise the alarm. Privacy is a big thing for me and I am someone who needs alone time, which can be hard on group tours, but I still found time to do it. Admittedly really long group tours can be a bit draining for people who aren't super social (like me), but I found it was just about setting boundaries and pushing yourself to take those few hours here and there where you just rested up on your own and did nothing. Even people who were very social had to do that at times. There are certain places I will never go in a group tour (E.g Europe because it is pretty easy to travel through and I feel confident/comfortable with how things work), but a group tour is a really great option for places that are a little more out of my comfort zone 😊.

  14. Thanks man for this helpful video! Been researching all over the net but you helped me narrow down what to do. It was when you mentioned solo travel good if your going to visit few places or it’s walking distance vs. using group tours if you want to see more further away places. Excited to try G Tours for first time!

  15. Last year I travelled with TrekAmerica. It was awesome. They have really small groups (about 5-10 people, maximum is 13). So it was all really personal. This year I think about going to NZ with Gadventures… some people just told me that the groups are really big and it isnt personal at all… it is just always the same with each group… now I dont know… is Gadventures a good way to travel with young people (I am 19) ??

  16. I am solo traveller as well. Agree with what you said. Also want to add, booking anything solo can be tough (even g or interpret). They can ask for solo premium, last min cancellation or changes before trip starts (G adventure, not necessarily bad change but it made me super nervous). When travelling with tour and if you cannot deal with your random snoring mate, it will cost you a lot more to switch room. Lastly, even G adventure is a Toronto founded company, but there are a lot of Australian travellers. I travelled with G and 2/3 of my group are Australian.

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

  18. Great video! Thanks for the advice.

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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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 😭

  24. 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. 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).

  26. 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 🙂

  27. Standing Firmly

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

  28. 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!

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

  30. 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!

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

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

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

  34. 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?

  35. 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?

  36. 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 ❗️

  37. Andy on a Journey

    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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Vincent Pascual

    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.

  41. 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 .

  42. 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?

  43. 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