Traveling to another country is one of the best chances to experience other cultures. And while some people enjoy the planning stages, for others, it might be intimidating to figure the ins and outs of a place you’ve never been — especially if your friends suck at getting the trip out of the group chat and solo travel is a bit too intimating. Group travel arranged through a travel provider is a great compromise to be around like-minded people with the same passion and interest in seeing a destination as you do.
As someone who has only traveled with friends, as a couple, or with other journalists, I was nervous about going on my Contiki Portugal trip with 21 people. I didn’t expect to have the time of my life and make relationships I’ll never forget. Once I got back, I found that there were some key advantages to traveling this way.