Last year almost 42 million Americans traveled overseas. For many of these people, they were embarking on their dream vacation to some foreign destination.

If you want to make the most of your international trip, you should travel with a group. Enlisting a tour guide for your travels can give you several benefits.

Keep reading to learn why you should travel in a group.

A Guide to Show You the Way

When you travel on your own, you’re responsible for finding your way through a new city. You’ll need to find a hotel, places to eat, and the sights.

When traveling in a group, all of this can be taken care of for you. This can leave you to let go and relax. This is especially true when you don’t speak the language.

See the Best

When planning your own itinerary, it can be tough to decide on what you want to do. How do you know what’s worth doing and what’s better left skipped? You could do a ton of research and sift through thousands of reviews.

Or you could look for an experienced tour company. They’ll have years of experience to test out the different things to do. Then through their feedback, they’ll have tailored their itineraries to be full of everything people want to see.

A quality tour company will hire locals who intimately know the city. This gives you an insider edge. Let’s assume you want to visit Rome.

You know you want to visit the Vatican, but you don’t know what exactly you want to see once you’re there. By looking up exclusive Vatican tours, you can have a guide that will show you the most beautiful features of this iconic location.

You Have a Safety Net

Traveling on your own internationally, you have no one to depend on but yourself. When you travel with a tour, you can turn to your tour company for assistance.

This could be helping you seek medical attention should you get hurt. Or help you get a new passport if you lose yours.

Group Discounts

There’s truth to the saying “volume discount” when it comes to travel. By joining a group, you can enjoy a discount for activities, lodging, and dining. Companies that cater to tourists are happy to give a discount for the guaranteed volume of business.

New Connections

Joining a travel group gives you a chance to meet and get to know people from all over the world. You’ll meet people from all walks of life who have a similar interest as you. Since you’ve all chosen to visit the destination city, you already have something in common.

Use your trip as a chance to get to know someone new and form a bond with someone. You may find that people surprise you, and you end up bonding with someone you’d never have thought you would have.

Plan Your Travel with a Group

With all of these benefits, are you ready to travel with a group? By choosing to travel with others, you have a chance to save money, make new friends, see the hidden gems, and relax knowing that your guide has a great itinerary planned.

Check out the travel section of our blog for more great ideas for your next trip.