Learn About: Group Travel

If you missed the Travel Adventures event we recently hosted at Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree, we’ve got you covered. That event, designed especially for travelers ages 50-plus and presented by a Road Scholar ambassador, covered educational travel tours in the U.S. and abroad.

If you’re excited to try new travel adventures but don’t want to figure out all the details, a group or guided trip might be right for you. Here’s some information from last week’s travel event to get you started.

Decide Where to Go

Check out travel books, videos and magazines from one of our seven library locations or DCL.org. You can also draw inspiration from travel experts:

When Do You Need a Tour Guide?

A tour guide might be helpful if:

  • You have limited time or simply prefer to leave the details to professionals.
  • Your destination calls for expertise: historic places, subject knowledge, language, adventure trips, dangerous or chaotic locations, and nature excursions.
  • You desire “local” or cultural experience outside the usual tourist fare.
  • You don’t want to drive or navigate public transportation on your own.

Questions to Ask Before You Book

Comparing tour companies goes beyond destination and price. Make a list of all your questions and record the answers in a spreadsheet to make your decision-making easier. Here are a few common questions:

  • Is this tour for travelers 50-plus or all ages? Couples, singles or both? Group size?
  • Can I see the full itinerary before committing?
  • Who are the guides? Are they locals/subject matter experts? Will they speak throughout or rely at times on prerecorded audio with headphones?
  • Is this tour tailored to general interest travelers or subject matter experts?
  • What kind of transportation is used? How much walking? Where will we eat?
  • Will I get free time?
  • What extra fees and expenses can I expect?

Additional Resources

Try these additional resources for more information or if you have questions.

Budget Group-Tour Companies

These companies accommodate groups of 20-40 people, mostly seasonal travelers. Lodging is equivalent to a Holiday Inn or Marriott, and expenses average $200-$350 per person per day (a nonrefundable deposit of $250-$300 is required; balances are due 75-90 days prior to departure). Extras may include single supplements, some meals, some excursions, international flights and transfers.

Upcoming Event

Join us for our next free travel-focused event.

Travel Club
Unique travel experiences and ideas for your next destination
Thursday, April 26, 11:30AM-1PM
Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree (10055 Library Way)
No registration required
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