Have you ever thought about traveling in one of the many available senior travel groups? Are you a social butterfly or do you prefer more seclusion, or alone time? Whichever describes you, traveling in a group can still work for you.
As with most everything else, there are advantages and disadvantages in traveling with a senior travel group, or any other kind or group, for that matter. You can form a group yourself or you can join a group formed by someone else.
Let’s look at the pros and cons of each approach.
On the plus side, you can become eligible for free travel for yourself if you get enough people to join your group. Some groups can be as small as ten full- paying customers. Free travel is a really good deal, right?
That depends. There are some risks involved. How much time and effort must you invest in order to find 10 full-pay customers? If all the tour goes according to the plan, you’re the hero. If your tour runs into any significant glitches, you’re the goat. Can you deal with that?
Additionally, the people you recruited for the tour will naturally look to you for a certain level of leadership. If questions or problems arise, they will probably come to you. Are you good with that?
Now, what about joining another friend’s group? As you might expect, this too has its own pros and cons.
If the leader of this group culls members from among your own social circle, you might want to consider whether or not all members are compatible with each other. This may be easy to do or not so easy to do. You need to decide.
Another area you need to explore is the cost to you for joining the group as compared to the cost of another comparable group. If the admission price is $2000 and you later learn of a similar tour that cost $1500, that might be a rather unpleasant pill to take, right?
So, which is the best approach for you? Just join a tour group? Form your own tour group? Or join a group formed by one of your friends?
And the answer is: it depends.
Don’t you just love simple, clear cut answers? Such an answer won’t work here because you and your circumstances are unique.
The good news is, the choices are yours to make! To discover just how many wonderful options are available to you make sure you read 65 Things To Do When You Retire: Travel