Though travelling with a group can be more of an investment, there are many advantages.
1.You Don’t Have to Research Where to Go or What to See
Let’s face it, researching sights can be time-consuming and a bit of a gamble. It can be hard to tell if something is actually worth seeing and you don’t get to do it over. During our 45 year plus history, we have visited dozens of countries around the world and found fantastic sights to see, excellent places to stay, and wonderful places to eat. We look for clean, comfortable lodging that is independently owned when possible. We also try to do business with local restaurateurs and have strong relationships with local tour guides in numerous countries. In addition, we select sights that are representative of the culture in a location and we look for ways to connect with Anabaptist and Christian groups.
Some locations, like Central Asia where TourMagination takes a Silk Road Trek heritage tour, are complex and difficult to travel in without assistance. The Holy Land is another place best visited with a group for maximum insight and enjoyment.
“I enjoy touring with a group because I don’t have to worry about booking accommodations or deciding where to eat or what to see,” says Anne, who has travelled on 13 plus TourMagination tours.
2. Someone Else Handles the Logistics
It can be challenging to make efficient use of time while travelling. TourMagination arranges in-country travel by coach, train, boat, or airplane. Coordinating a group means we can book our own coach to take us door to door to see specialized locations—this can be more expensive and difficult on your own depending on distances. We can also arrange your air travel to and from home to meet your tour group.
3. The Travel Company Gathers a Group of Like-Minded People
Not everyone has a regular group of friends or family to travel with. TourMagination has connections with hundreds of people who you might like to meet. Many attend church or have a faith background. Most live in North America and have an open-minded curiosity that makes them want to see the world. “I like interacting with individuals who have different life experiences and different professions, “ says Anne. Sharon and her husband have also travelled with TourMagination. Sharon says, “From the moment of introduction on the Mennonite Ukraine tour, there was a feeling of family, of heritage, of like experience—friendships did not have to be developed—they already existed.”
4. Expert Tour Leaders To Guide You
Travelling with a group also enables you to bring an expert tour leader to enrich your visit. We choose people well-known in the Mennonite and Christian communities in North America who are knowledgeable about a topic relevant to the tour. Many of our tour leaders have travelled to, lived in, and/or worked in the countries we tour. They can often open doors to experiences you could never have on your own. Like Jack & Irene Suderman who introduce you to locals in Cuba that they know from their almost 30 years of visiting and working alongside the Cuban church. Or Nelson Kraybill, President of Mennonite World Conference, who leads many of our Holy Land tours.
5. There is Safety in Numbers
Safety can be a concern, particularly for single women. Travelling with a group and a knowledgeable tour leader allows you to relax and enjoy yourself even in out-of-the way places.
6. Choose a Company That Shares Your Values
When choosing a group travel provider, it’s important to find a company that shares your values. If you resonate with the company, it’s more likely you will have an outstanding experience on tour. Find out about TourMagination’s company values.
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