Recently, I went on a weekend trip with my friends to the Scottish Highlands!! We explored Glasgow, the highland mountains, Loch Ness, and Urquhart castle! The trip was put together by an organization called CityLife that arranges trips around the UK and Europe. So for this blog, I will talk about some of the pros and cons of going on a trip with a travel organization.
The main reason I went on a trip with CityLife is because I thought it would be easier if I didn’t have to plan anything. It was good because CityLife booked me a place to stay and provided transportation to all of the travel spots. Also, if you do not have friends to travel with, traveling with an organization like CityLife is a good option. Many international students travel with CityLife, and since everyone has to travel and stay in a hostel together, it is pretty easy to make friends! Another reason it is good to travel with an organization is that not all tourist spots can be reached by public transport. Some travel locations can only be reached by car or travel/tour bus, so if you want to go to any of those locations, it might be better to travel with an organization like CityLife.
However, traveling with an organization is not always the best choice. For example, because CityLife planned everything for the trip, I had to follow its schedule. The planned trip only allotted a certain amount of time for every place we went. There were some places that I wanted to stay at longer, but I couldn’t because the organization wanted us to leave for the next location. On the other hand, there were times when I was ready to leave, but we still had more time to stay. Additionally, if you are not comfortable with staying in a room with people you don’t know, you might not want to travel with an organization. When I traveled with CityLife, we stayed in a hostel. CityLife reserved rooms that held 4, 8, or 12 people, so even if you travel with people you know, you might have to share a room with people you don’t know. I stayed in an 8 person room with both people I knew and people I didn’t know, and, for me, it was not a problem at all! In fact, my friends and I ended up hanging out with the roommates that we didn’t know and had fun together! However, if you are not comfortable with that, it might be a problem. Another problem with traveling with an organization is the cost. I heard from a friend that he traveled independently on a trip similar to one that CityLife hosted and did more of the things that he wanted to do than what CityLife offered on its trip, and he still spent less money.
Overall, there are both good and bad things about traveling with an organization, but I still really enjoyed my trip to Scotland with CityLife! I just recommend thinking about the pros and cons and what you prefer to do in order to decide if you want to travel independently or with an organization.