To Group or Not To Group?
This is what I see when I look at tour groups. Is that weird?
These days the 'tour group' catches much heat from 'real travelers'. Even I, a travel host, coordinator and avid traveler cringe at the sight of a large crowd hovering over one another to hear what the guide has to say. Or worse yet, when I see those in the back of the pack just simply give up on trying to be a part of the group. All the while I and my travel "group" sip on our wine with the restaurant owner we met the night before.
Photo by Jez Timms
How does one tour group miss the mark and the other get it right on target? The answer is simple, tour with a local traveler and intimate group! This means, no more than ten to one host.
However, what happens if you're a solo traveler or are with a group of people and you want to receive a genuine interaction and understanding of the region you're traveling in? Or if you've never been out of the country before but cultural immersion is what you crave?
Photo by Les Anderson
On an island like Sicily, where English is seldom spoken, Sicilians don't care if you are there or not, and they definitely look to keep vacationers separated from 'real life', how does one have a shot to experience the real gems of such a place?
Then a tour group, let me emphasize, AN INTIMATE TOUR GROUP, is truly ideal. Here is what we've come to understand about touring in a country like Sicily or any 'tight-knit' culture in large groups.
#1 - You will not move on rapidly enough. Getting on the bus, off the bus, finishing meals, in lines etc. Some will linger some will rush and this is a recipe for disaster!
#2 - You will Not Be Sufficiently Informed! You will be given general history, facts and the tour group guide cannot spend time on the mysteries, the enchanting stories of such a rich heritage.
#3 - You will Not Make Enough Acquaintance with the Locals! I promise you, no one in Sicily will want to hang out with your large group. Sicilian's are intimate, passionate and personal people. They want to know your soul and in so doing you're in, you are like family. You can forget about having this interaction if you're in a large group.
And once you're in....YOU'RE IN!
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