We all like to go to interesting destinations and we travel for many different reasons. All these reasons are usually good. However, we like to go in our preferred way. The associated costs vary greatly with each style. Be aware that value can be achieved in all styles of travel with the right opportunities and a proactive travel agent. It is not unusual for travelers to choose alternate styles of travel for different experiences.
The Fully Independent Traveler
The Fully Independent Travelers (FIT) are usually people who are confident of seeing the world on their own. This mode can provide great value and allow flexibility. It allows them to be active participants rather than an observer of all the experiences. The Fully Independent Traveler may have more opportunities in cultural immersion when staying with locals, for example, and generally have greater access to intimate events. The people using this style of travel need to assess and mitigate risks.
The Group Traveler
The Group Traveler enjoys the comfort of a guide and fixed itinerary and the start date of the tour is called the Fixed Departure Date (FDD). Group sizes vary with small groups ranging from 8 to 20 and larger groups having up to 100 participants. Most the group size is determined by the transport options and the accommodation options available at the destinations. One of the benefits of groups is the possibility of meeting like-minded people. Many a long-term friendship has been made during group tours, particularly small group tours. The group leader can also add insights into the activities during the trip making it more interesting. Small group tours tend to be more relaxed and a little flexible in their activities.
The Specialty Traveler
The Particularly Traveler is looking for something particular, like corporate, photography, adventure health, mission, volunteer or special interest. The needs of these people varies greatly and care should be taken that risks are identified and mitigated. These tours are usually like groups but can be for Fully Independent Travelers also.
In conclusion, choose the travel style that suits your needs. If you are not a frequent traveler, sometimes a place to start is in group travel and move on to becoming and independent traveler as you gain confidence and understand the many challenges of traveling. Irrespective of the style of traveler that you might be, enjoy the opportunity to see the world as it is. We all come back a little different after our travels.