One of the considerations when you plan for travel is whether you want to explore a new place by yourself or join a tour group. Deciding which option to take really depends on your personality and preference: do you like exploring alone? Or do you usually depend on others when it comes to navigating. If you like traveling in large groups, having your itinerary laid out and being put on an exacting schedule, then join a travel group. It can also help on saving a lot of money on group discounts.
However, traveling in Oahu with a large tour group may not be very ideal. Here are some reasons why:
If you are the kind of person who likes to be in control of everything: where to go, what to do, when to do it, and even what to eat, joining a tour group may not be the best option for you. Everyone has different interests: maybe you like to spend time on the beach more than the mall, while others want to eat something local, but you prefer something more familiar. Either way, touring with a big group in Oahu may be something disadvantageous for you if you want things done your way. If you would like to take a smaller tour while on Oahu, we do offer private tours of the island! Visit our Private Tours page for a list of options!
No privacy and Lack of Free Time
If you’re someone who values their privacy and alone time, group travel may not be the best option for you. Many people retreat to Oahu, and in Hawaii, in general, to have some alone time to reflect and relax. If you travel with a group, there could be very little to no chance that you have any time to yourself, especially if you’re sharing a hotel room or staying in a hostel.
One of the worst things of traveling in a group is having someone you don’t get along. If this happens to you, your dream vacation may even be one of your worst nightmares. It is very normal to feel uncomfortable with people, especially if you don’t know them personally, or if you have never spend time with them prior to the trip. Add to that the consideration of their preferences when it comes to schedule, activities, and food. On the other hand, if you generally get along with someone, you might discover that traveling with them can put strain on your relationship, particularly if you’re not used to spending long stretches of time with them.
Many tour itineraries include free time for shopping or relaxing, but you’re often limited to a few hours here and there. Most often than not, tour groups push the schedule to the limit—doing every activity they can while the sun is still up, or when there is still money to spend.
Travelling with a big group in Oahu may be a bad idea if you you are the spontaneous type of person, who is willing to adapt to abrupt changes of plans and enjoys walking instead of following a tight schedule. If you value flexibility, a tour group might not be your best choice.
Limited Accommodations and Dining Options
Similar to activity options, your hotel and restaurant choices may also be compromised if you are travelling to Oahu with a big group. Chances are there are picky eaters, children who wouldn’t eat local Hawaiian cuisine, and people with restricted diet on the group. You’ll need to eat at least some meals with your tour group or pay extra to eat elsewhere.
Oahu is a tropical paradise which can be enjoyed by anyone. If you are traveling solo, it is very safe and the people are very friendly, they are willing to help you up and be of company. It is also a perfect destination for couples who want to have a quality time. Oahu and Hawaii is also great for families—the children will surely enjoy the beach and water related activities.
Travelling in a big group in Oahu, however, really depends on who you are and who you will travel with. Are they strangers or are there your friends? Do you value company or some alone time? You decide. Nonetheless, your experience in this tropical paradise depends on how you look at it. It is a sunny place with warm and hospitable people, filled with good food, good places to see, and amazing things to do. Just make sure that you select the best option that suits your personality and preferences, and you can enjoy Oahu to the fullest.
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Eddie Keliinohomoku is the Director of sales and marketing and co-founder of Go Hawaii Tours and Aloha Trikke, With Direct Ties to the Hawaiian islands, Eddie's passion is sharing the islands and spirit of aloha with the world. "E Komo Mai"