Never say never

“I don’t do groups."

“I’m not a group person.”

“Groups are boring and stifling.”

In my line of work, I often get resistance from clients when we discuss possible travel options. Perception is everything, but actual experience is the only true test of expectation. 

The reality is that group travel is as varied as the real estate market when it comes to options and budgets.

One of my favourites is G Adventures, a Canadian based tour operator — founded in 1990 — specializing in expeditions, safaris and small group tours to virtually every continent. 

The company’s core value of creating sustainable travel experiences within varied communities and offering their clientele a unique and immersive travel experience has grown exponentially to include an amazing assortment of travel styles.

Virtually all their tours limit their group size to under 18 people with a general average of 12-14 participants.  Transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and the accompaniment of your very own CEO – Chief Experience Officer is included with every tour. 

Lots of free time to do your own thing and yet the basics of A to B is all looked after at a price like what you would pay if you were on your own. There are wonderful opportunities to make friends of fellow travellers from all over the globe as well as share life-changing moments and experiences.

G Adventures acknowledges that travellers all have different expectations, budgets and travel experience and therefore offer specific styles to suit the individual.

YOLO tours — designed for budget conscious 18-35-year olds incorporate camping, hostels and fun-filled events into an inexpensive, fast-paced itinerary. Great for those who don’t want to backpack alone.

Classic perfects balance of must-see highlights, cultural exchange, insider access and unbeatable value al the while staying in 3* accommodations and travelling in upgraded buses, trains and vehicles.

Active Tours — Hike, bike, multi sport. Kayak in Costa Rica or hike Kilimanjaro. All equipment and safety equipment provided.

Family Tours — Fabulous opportunity to expose your children to different cultures, languages and environments. Allow them to develop new interests and understanding. Travel with other like-minded families and really connect with your family. Tours are available to children four years and above.

Marine Tours — Imagine cruising and diving in the Galapagos Islands or sailing in the British Virgin Islands aboard your own catamaran. Better yet, board an expedition vessel and travel to either the Arctic or Antarctic in search of polar bears or penguins! 

National Geographic Journeys — G Adventures' newest partnership allows participants to receive immersive interactive experiences without giving up the comfort level. Upgraded accommodations, more inclusions, lectures and access to world renowned historians and experts. 

The Jane Goodall Collection — Twenty wildlife focused tours endorsed by primatologist Jane Goodall have been specially designed to bring you proximity to some of the world’s most fascinating creatures and yet still respect their freedom.

Group travel can be “everything to everyone." The trick is knowing the right product for your personal enjoyment. 


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Joy has long been a believer in the art of travel: the belief that a vacation is something to be anticipated savored and then long remembered as one of life’s great adventures. 
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