The Pros and Cons of Group Travel

Tour group listening to their guide

Travelling as part of a larger group can have many advantages, but this method of travel is definitely not for everyone. For those of you who are considering signing up for a group trip, here are a few pros and cons to think about before making your decision.

Following the Rules
Having a set of rules to follow can often be off-putting for many people, but this is something that is usually a part of travelling as a group. Since the company who is leading the trip is in charge of so many people, they will often come up with a set of guidelines that everybody needs to follow. If you are someone that does not like following rules, and would prefer to be in charge, then group travel may not be for you.

Inclusive Extras
With the majority of group trips, you will usually pay for the whole trip upfront, meaning that you do not have to worry about having to constantly be spending money while you are travelling, as you will have already taken care of all costs. However, keep in mind that there will always be optional activities that you may have to fork out for, whether this be a special meal or a sporting activity, as well as souvenirs that you will likely want to purchase. Nevertheless, for those who have quite a strict budget, a group trip can really help you to stick to this while still enjoying the travel experience.

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Following a Fixed Itinerary
Travelling as a group means that you will have an itinerary that everybody needs to stick to, and this can often be frustrating for some. However, keep in mind that the itinerary would have been planned in a certain way for a reason, and will usually feature all of the main highlights of the destination that you are visiting. While some trips will offer quite a flexible itinerary, others will be quite rigid, meaning that you will not be able to have much of a say in the things that you see and do. On the other hand, this is often convenient for those who do not have the time to research and plan a trip themselves, as all of this work will have been already done for you.

Travelling Alone as Part of a Group
One of the biggest advantages for many solo travellers is the extra company that comes along with a group trip. While travelling solo can be plenty of fun, taking a group trip can be a great way to make new friends, especially with like-minded people. Travelling with strangers can really help you to form a tight bond, even if it is in quite a short amount of time, and this can really make the whole experience so much more valuable.

Group travel definitely does have its share of pros and cons, and this is something that you will really need to think about before signing up for a trip. For those who enjoy planning their own itineraries and staying in control, a group trip may not be for you, but for those who do not enjoy the planning stage, and enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, a group trip could be exactly what you need.

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How to Have Your Best Vacation Ever

Woman in a yacht

When you think back to all the vacations that you have previously taken, it is likely that some of them brought you much more happiness and enjoyment than others, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? It turns out that there are a variety of factors that contribute to how happy your vacation makes you, and, once you understand exactly what these are, there is absolutely nothing to stop your next vacation from being the best one that you have ever had.

Planning
While spontaneous trips are often fun, a certain level of planning is essential if you want to make the most of your vacation. Not only does planning your vacation in advance allow your excitement to build up over the weeks or months, but, once you are actually there, it takes away some of the decisions that you may have otherwise needed to make on the spot, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy yourself.

Try Something New
For children, a vacation seems to last forever, and that is because of all of the new experiences that their brain takes time to process. The best way to replicate this as an adult is to make sure that you fill your vacation with as many new experiences as you can. Whether this may be trying new foods or trying a new type of activity, all of these new experiences will contribute to making your vacation your best one yet.

Manage Any Work
If you are able to completely take time off from work whilst on vacation, then you should most definitely do so, and this means staying away from your work emails and messages the entire time you are away. If, however, some work whilst on vacation is unavoidable, then you need to be sure to manage your working time properly. Set yourself some limitations, such as responding to emails in the morning but then putting your phone or computer away for the rest of the day.

Have Fun
It goes without saying that fun is absolutely necessary in order to have your best vacation ever. Be sure to make time every day to relax in between all of your vacation adventures, socializing with others and sharing your experiences, whilst reflecting back on the past day. Having fun also means leaving the mundane tasks behind. If you don’t want to worry about having to find a babysitter, arrange for one in advance, or you could even bring a family member along on the promise that they act as a babysitter when needed. If you are renting a vacation house rather than staying at a hotel, it may be worth finding someone to cook and clean whilst you are staying there, so that you won’t need to worry about those things yourself.

Once you have had your best vacation ever, don’t forget to sort through all of your photographs and memorabilia, displaying the ones with the most sentiments behind them. While it may be hard-hitting to immediately get back to your everyday routine, these tips will ensure that every vacation you take will be even better than the last!

Your Summer Vacation Essentials – OROGOLD Reviews

Packing for a summer vacation leaves many of us with the same dilemma; how to pack as light as possible without having to leave much-loved items behind. To begin with, OROGOLD recommends you to make a list of all your basic essentials, such as underwear and a pair of jeans, and be sure to strictly follow your list. Include all the items that you will be packing at the last minute on your list, such as your toothbrush and your phone charger, to ensure that you do not end up forgetting anything important.

Woman selecting a swimsuit while shopping.

Bathing Suits
If you’re going to be spending your vacation by the beach, you will definitely need to pack more than one bathing suit, as nobody likes squeezing themselves into a wet one. Don’t forget to also pack some cover-ups – a sarong or a stretchy sun dress work especially well if you need to head off to other activities straight from the beach.

Woman cleaning her shoes at home.

Shoes
A pair of flip-flops is essential if you’re spending time by the beach or pool, and can be paired with plenty of outfits for a casual, beachy look. You will also need a pair of shoes for going out at night, as many nicer places won’t let you in if you are wearing flip-flops. A pair of wedge sandals are comfortable and will work with many outfits. If you plan on doing some outdoor activities, such as hiking or playing a sport, be sure to bring along a pair of sneakers.

Woman choosing skin care products at a beauty store.

Skincare and Haircare Products
Sunscreen is a must for any summer vacation, and keeping your skin protected should always be your number one priority. The heat of the sun can also dry out your hair, so bring along a small amount of leaveP-in conditioner, as well as a spray that will help to hydrate your hair. Don’t forget about sunglasses, as these will help to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. Sunglasses are convenient to pack, so it could be a good idea to bring a few different pairs, as sunglasses are an easy way to change the dynamic of your outfit.

Two friends wearing warm clothes and drinking coffee.

Warm Clothes
Even if you plan on visiting somewhere hot and tropical, you should always bring along something warmer to throw on top of your outfit, just in case it starts to rain or a cool front blows in. Since these are bulkier to pack, consider wearing your warmer clothes on the plane, as this will save you space in your suitcase whilst keeping you cozy and comfortable during your journey.

Woman charging her phone.

Multi-Gadget Chargers
These days, we travel with so many electronics, including phones, cameras, MP3 players, tablets, e-book readers, and much more. Rather than bringing along a separate charger for each, which not only takes up more space in your suitcase but also means you have more to remember when it comes time to return home, purchase a multi-gadget charger, which allows you to charge all of your devices with one charger.

When packing for your summer vacation, don’t forget to leave some empty space in your suitcase for any shopping that you may do. Make sure to also bring a mini travel first aid kit along with you, with items that will have you prepared for cuts and scrapes, colds and stomach bugs, as well as motion sickness, ensuring that no matter what happens on your vacation, you will be able to handle it.