Can I still go on a group trip?
With the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, travelling safely as a group has become a lot harder, but not impossible. The Governments advice on social distancing means we are finding more and more ways to go about our daily lives completely differently. The tourism industry has had to completely adapt to implement these new guidelines and create the safest environment for travellers. For example, limited facilities, fewer people in groups, and smaller-scale events.
But what does that mean for us? The world has started reopening, and with the various precautions in place, it means we can start visiting these wonderful places again. New social distancing guidelines on coaches mean you can travel with peace of mind, and with the growth of “Bubble Travel”, there are more ways than ever for you and your group to travel around.
We aim to provide you with relevant and enlightening information to guide you and your group into a post Coronavirus world and help you start to plan your future group trips.
Group trips are great. There’s something special about sharing new places and new experiences with friends, whether they’re old acquaintances or people you’ve only just met. And there are a number of practical advantages as well. Here’s nine of them…
- It’s cheaper! Top of everyone’s list. It really is much more economical to go somewhere in a group. Almost every attraction will have a discount for groups of ten and over which really helps with reducing the cost.
- Getting around. Transport is also cheaper if you travel in a group, however you do it. Trains, boats, coaches and even flights are all much cheaper with a block booking. So the prices are coming down right from the start of your trip.
- Eating out. Lots of restaurants will do group deals when you book in advance. It’ll tend to be a set menu but it’ll also be considerably cheaper and there won’t be any bickering about where to eat on the day!
- Extra stuff. Many venues will go an extra mile for groups, sometimes giving them free audio tours or special access to unlikely parts of a venue. On my last trip we visited the tiny room beneath The Monument where 17th century scientist and philosopher Robert Hooke once worked.
- Local expertise. In the same way groups can have special access, venues are often happy to provide groups with expert tours, talks from curators and specialist viewings of historic objects and documents.
- No worries. Just think about this. From the moment you start your group trip you don’t have to worry about a thing. Nothing! You don’t have to decide on the route, the itinerary or where to eat, you just have to sit back and let someone else do it. It’s brilliant, trust me.
- Shared experience. When you travel with a group you can share the pleasure of seeing new things and beautiful places. Of course, you could see the same things on your own, but it’s great to be able to share the experience and talk about it at the time.
- No organisation. When you go on a group trip you don’t have to organise anything in advance. You decide what you’d like to do and where you’d like to go and then stump up the payment and you’re booked. Let somebody else plan all the details!
- Group harmony. A group trip brings everybody together. Whether you’re work colleagues, a U3A group, a sports club, a society, a choir or a group of friends, going on a trip together can be a real morale booster and an excellent way to get to know each other better. Give it a try.
Ashleigh Ridler, Al Barker