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You may leave home alone but you’ll land with a travel group ready to forge new connections that may last a lifetime.

Being part of a group just for solo travellers, whether on a tour, at a resort, or aboard a cruise, presents a golden opportunity to cultivate new friendships.

These connections aren’t fleeting; they’re fortified by the unique dynamic of a group composed solely of solo travellers, where the opportunity for genuine connection forms a foundation that’s unparalleled in groups mixed with couples or families.

Here are five compelling reasons why joining a group exclusively for solo travellers can enhance your journey.

1 Shared Experiences

Group travel allows for ample time to bond over shared experiences, be it exploring ancient ruins, embarking on thrilling adventures, wandering through a museum together, or the simple pleasures of sharing meals with one another.

These shared moments allow the time to create a solid foundation for lasting friendships.

2 Common Passions

Solo travellers who opt for the same group tour often share a deep passion for a specific destination. Likewise when joining a trip based around a personal interest such as hiking or cooking or art appreciation, for example.

This shared enthusiasm becomes the cornerstone of their connection, bonding over a mutual love for their passion.

For many, these trips offer a chance to forge connections with others with the same passion that may not be possible with partners or friends back home who don’t share the same interests.

3 Building Trust

The shared vulnerability of embarking on a journey alone among strangers breaks down barriers, fostering trust and camaraderie.

Free from societal expectations, travellers form genuine connections based on authenticity and mutual understanding.

4 Safety In Numbers

While solo travel is not inherently unsafe, joining a travel group offers an added layer of security and peace of mind.

Travelling with a group provides a sense of solidarity, knowing that there are others who understand what it’s like to explore unfamiliar territories alone – a collective sense of responsibility emerges and you can expect it’s most likely that everyone looks out for one another.

It may be as simple as feeling unwell and knowing there are others that will check in on you or help you when you’re in need.

5 Creating Lasting Memories

The memories forged during group travel often become the bedrock of lifelong friendships.

Whether it’s navigating hidden gems, sharing laughter, or supporting one another through challenges, these shared experiences weave a tapestry of cherished memories.

Beyond the bonds formed with fellow travellers, group travel also offers the chance to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds, not just from your own country but also the chance to transcend borders and connect with travellers from other countries to forge global connections.

So, the next time you contemplate embarking on a solo adventure, consider the experience of joining a travel group tailored for solo travellers.

You will find that solo travel doesn’t have to mean journeying alone.

Justine Waddington is the founder of Encounter Travel, who specialise in small group tours for solo travellers.