THE FIRST TIME I traveled with a small group was when I moved to Central Europe. I liked having a few travel companions to ride the trams of Vienna with, and our local guide in Budapest proved essential when I totally butchered the Hungarian language asking for directions. Small-group travel allowed for a tight-knit community to develop based on our new, shared experiences abroad, and since our numbers were few, we got to do things larger tours couldn’t — like looking at Communist spy photos behind the scenes at the Institute for Totalitarian Regimes in Prague.
Some things — concerts, clubbing, being in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day — are better experienced with a lot of people. But for everything else, I definitely prefer to be in a group I can count on two hands. Here are 35 attractions that are way better to experience in a small group while traveling.