At Our Whole Village, we plan meaningful vacations for families who want to create lifelong memories and show their kids the world in a more conscious and intentional manner.
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What do you think of when you hear the word “tour”? Does your brain flash to crowds of people waiting in line to get back on the air-conditioned bus? If that’s your initial reaction, then it’s time to rethink group travel. A whole new world of small group tours for families has emerged, and they’re taking the travel world by storm.
Why? They prove sustainable, gregarious, authentic, and affordable. The benefits of small group travel tours are many, for families, local economies, and the environment. Here’s why you should consider small group travel for your next family adventure.
When traveling with a small group, you create less of a negative environmental impact. Your tour leader will have a handle on local ecological issues and vulnerabilities. They’ll ensure that you and your fellow trip-goers leave behind a smaller traveler’s footprint.
By adventuring in a small group, you travel more lightly. This reduces the strain on local resources. Small tour groups also allow for more sustainable economic benefits in the regions that you visit. When you choose the right tour company, more capital from each trip filters back to local economies.
Solo traveling with your family can lead to a sense of isolation depending on the countries that you visit and your familiarity with local languages, customs, and cultures. It can be hard to get to know locals when you’ll only be in an area for a few days or weeks. Family travel is no doubt a great way to bond as a family. But what if you want a little adult time to sip wine and make new friends? What if your kids want to meet and interact with others their own age? This can prove challenging.
A small group tour solves these problems. You and your family will get to know fellow travelers and like-minded families. You’ll have more people to interact with and share experiences. The social atmosphere of small group tours represents a major benefit, and you and your family will cherish the lifelong friends you make during the adventure!
In the limited time that you have to see a place, it’s easy to end up at major tourist destinations bypassing local culture. Limited time and lack of familiarity with a place make getting off-the-beaten-path impossible.
Even when you know a destination like the back of your hand, there are experiences you won’t be able to organize… like an authentic cooking lesson in a private home or a soccer game with kids from the village.
Fortunately, small group tours are designed to get you and your family on the road less taken. Tour leaders go to great lengths to ensure you and your family experience a place authentically. Whether this involves night safari in speedboats to find caimans on an Amazon river cruise or a visit to local artisans in Peru’s Sacred Valley, you and your family will come away with unique experiences that you wouldn’t easily find on your own.
Traveling as a family can get expensive. Unforeseen travel expenses add up quickly, especially when you and your family wing it. But small group tours allow you to budget in advance for your trip. And they come with outstanding value.
Once you’ve booked a tour, you’ll find it easier to budget for the rest of your trip. After all, the tour will handle most of your basic lodging and food requirements. So, your spending money can go towards fun extras like local crafts and personal items.
From experiencing a place more authentically to traveling with like-minded people, small group tours offer unique experiences your whole family will love. Interested in learning more about small group tours for families? Check out our upcoming departures.
At Our Whole Village, we create tours carefully designed for families who want to create lasting memories while making a difference. We’re here to help you and your family experience the world, its people, and its cultures. Contact us today to learn more about the unforgettable experiences that we handcraft for families just like yours.