Small group travel offers unique experiences and lifelong connections
One of the best spontaneous side effects of travel is finding camaraderie with other people. Whether you're planning to take a trip with friends or are eager to meet new people, organized small group travel
can be an ideal way to find a connection with like-minded travelers. When you're on the proverbial road, making connections with fellow travelers can give you a richer experience and even result in life-long friendships.
While traveling independently does allow you to meet people, it's harder to make a real connection because of varying itineraries and schedules. An organized small group travel experience, like those offered by Tauck, offers the opportunity to really get to know your fellow travelers - or spend quality time with your friends, if you've planned the trip together. And you'll find added advantages in having everything from accommodations to excursions planned out - it eliminates stress, cuts costs by up to 40 percent and lets you focus on enjoying your experience.
One of the misconceptions about small group travel is that it doesn't involve being adventurous. With offerings like Tauck's Culturious tours, small groups dive into active, culturally rich activities that offer experiences that would be difficult to capture as an independent traveler or on a very large group tour.
If you've never traveled as part of a small group before, consider the experiences you can have in some of the world's most varied and exciting destinations.
Italy: As one of the top foreign destinations for American travelers, Italy has plenty to offer. However, getting to the heart of the real Italy takes some specialized knowledge. Small group travel itineraries will take you to the most famous sights in cities like Venice and Florence, but you'll also have unique opportunities only available on professionally arranged tours. Whether it's enjoying a private evening of music with a concert pianist or an exclusive cooking class in a centuries-old Italian villa, your small group will have a chance to fully experience Italian life.
France: From eternally glamorous Paris to the sun-dappled mountains of Provence, travel in France is rich with sensory delights. Small group bicycle tours through the City of Light will make you feel like a true Parisian and satisfy travelers looking to combine culture and physical activity. A stroll through a country town market or gliding on a river canoe tour will put you in touch with a totally different side of France, but one that's just as captivating.
Costa Rica: This Central American country has set itself apart as the eco-adventurer's garden of delights. An active small group travel experience is perfectly suited to Costa Rica, where you can fly through the rainforest canopy on a zip line, kayak through mangrove forests and enjoy the rush of whitewater rafting with your fellow travelers.
Taking part in these activities with a small group not only makes your own experience more memorable, but it also offers lasting benefits of friendship. And, in the end, you might just end up traveling together again. For more information on small group travel, visit www.tauck.com.