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Average group make up

Postby rogerbbb » Mon May 05, 2014 7:03 am

Hi guys,

I know there probably wont be an 'average' group, but out of interest what is the normal make up of groups, do you get a lot of single travellers, or couples of small groups of friends that go ?

I am interested as I will be a single traveller, I know its unlikely I wont be on my own just wanted to check if normally there are big groups of friends that go together or whether that is quite rare? As Id like opportunity to make some new friends!

Thinking of going Vietnam/Cambodia :)

Thanks
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Re: Average group make up

Postby Janice08 » Mon May 05, 2014 1:45 pm

Most groups I've been on have had a good mix of single travellers, adult family groups (siblings, mother/daughter, etc.) and couples. I've only been on one trip where there were no singles - 1 couple and 2 pairs of friends - but we all got along great. Usually there have been 4 or 5 singles on my trips. A few times the number of singles has decreased as the trip progressed and the number of couples has increased. :o

Don't sign up for the single supplement and you'll likely be given a roommate. Even if you have your own room, others will be sure to include you during free time, or you be the one to take the initiative and others will join you. Groups tend to eat most meals together anyways so you won't be eating alone unless you choose to.

Go for it. You'll have a great time.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby rogerbbb » Mon May 05, 2014 3:06 pm

Thanks for the info, I think I will, I am just worried that I'll get unlucky and end up on a tour with a load of couples of people who already know each other and want to hang around with each other, I want to meet new people and be with people in the same boat so we can go exploring together!!
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Re: Average group make up

Postby TravelFun » Mon May 05, 2014 3:30 pm

Most trips I've been on it's been pretty much split between singles and couples/friends and most get on. As mentioned, take the initiative to do things together during free time and even couples/friends can become new friends too.

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Re: Average group make up

Postby dreaded_luggage » Sat May 10, 2014 12:19 pm

1) Vietnam and Cambodia: good choice! Try everything on the menu.

2) I've done 4 trips with G now and there have always been couples and singles with us. You've already got enough in common to be doing the same trip, so you're off to a good start.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby kcupp95 » Sat May 10, 2014 7:55 pm

Depends on the trip style as well.

I did a camping one which had 8 solo travellers and one mother/son couple. Because of the nature of camping there was a tonne of socialization because let's face it you didn't have anywhere else to go.

I then did a standard one. Hotels and using public/private transport and there was two couples and me. Definitely wasn't the level of bonding as there was on the camping tour.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby dreaded_luggage » Fri May 16, 2014 12:11 pm

Indeed. The more you have only each other, the more you bond.

The less you have only each other, the less it matters if you don't bond all that well, because you can bond with the locals instead.

Before the start of my last tour, some lad on a motorbike showed me around Hanoi and he and his friend bought me tea and beer, then I bought them and the taxi driver lunch at a fish farm / snake farm / restaurant / sculpture park place they knew out of town. It was good.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby belihann » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:03 am

I've been on several trips with G Adventures and we always had singles in our group. Most activities were done as a group so you will never feel left out. I just got back from a wonderful trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Again, the group consisted of singles and couples. So, just relax , be yourself, and have fun.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:47 pm

Every trip I've been on has had at least one single ... 8) In fact, I can't think of one that didn't have a significant portion of singles (at least one leg of a trip had only singles).
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Re: Average group make up

Postby lesliew » Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:42 am

I've been on two G trips as a single traveler and was never the only one. Even if you are, I find that the groups are always welcoming and everyone fits in. I didn't stick to just hanging out with the other single travelers. You are all there with the same purpose so you'll likely find alot of people like yourself!
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Re: Average group make up

Postby dreaded_luggage » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:22 pm

Just for info, on this latest trip it was two couples, one pair of friends and five travelling alone.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby ExplorerWannaBe » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:56 pm

On my latest trip, we had 1 couple, a trio traveling together, a duo traveling together and 9 solos. The oddest part of the mix was that we had 6 Americans and no Canadians; I've never had that high a percentage of Americans or not had at least one Canadian on a G trip before.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby nikimarcotte » Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:09 pm

I think the age can depend on the country you are going to...

Central America overland ( when it went from mexico city to panama city over 8 weeks before they shortened it and made it Yolo) - at 27, I was right in the middle (21-63yrs) - 2 couples(late 20's to early 30's), 1 duo of girls(mid 20's), 5 singles.. 4 girls (21-54), plus one single man(63)

Essential China(before it became yolo)- (18-33).. where I, at 33, was the oldest in a group of 12 people plus the guide (there was only 2 couples and another duo of girls, me and my sister...then there were 2 guys and 2 gals that were single travellers)..we mixed and matched whoever wanted to do whatever, even the couples split up on occasion.

Indochina Discovery(before it became yolo) - started in Bangkok to ho chi min city (oldest in 60's and youngest was 18) with 3 duos of girls, a father daughter duo, 3 singles( 1 guy and 2 ladies) and one couple with a sister( so a trio), in Ho chi minh city to Hanoi (mid 20's-60's)...2 other duos of girls left and the father daughter duo, and were replaced with a young couple and 3 new singles (2 girls and a guy) then Hanoi through laos back to Bangkok, we changed it up again (oldest was in her 60's, youngest was in mid 20's)...our trio was still with us, the only duo was my friend and I, plus 4 singles( 1 guy and 3 ladies). Everybody mixes and matches based on common interests.

Ultimate Africa(before it became yolo) - I was a solo 34 who turned 35 enroute, so pretty middle ground on most legs.... more couples and groups on the Uganda gorilla trek part (25-68yrs), then more singles heading to Zanzibar( 25-50's), the average age got quite young from Zanzibar to livingstone (18-68yrs), then average age went up considerably from livingstone to Windhoek (more seniors, less teenagers, but still 18-68yrs), then to midrange from Windhoek to cape town (19-68yrs)..less singles than duos and couples on this whole trip, but always 5-6 of us out of 22...once again, everybody includes the singles, so no big deal.

Madagascar Experience (35-70's) - I was the youngest at 35, the oldest was a sweet older couple who were celebrating the wife's 70th bday with the trip. there were two other couples in their 50's, and 5 single ladies . the only one younger than me was the guide, and the next closest to me in age was in her mid 40's :) we all had a blast together !!

Best of Spain and Portugal: (21-mid 60's)...2 couples in 50's, 6 single ladies ( 1-20's, 3-50's, 2-60's), 2 duos of girls (29-37yrs).

Highlights of Morocco: (25-70's)..1 duo of girls, 1 father son duo, 1 trio ( couple +friend), 2 single ladies...the 9 of us plus our guide managed to all fit in one "big" tuktuk:)

ExplorerWannaBe wrote: I've never had that high a percentage of Americans or not had at least one Canadian on a G trip before


that is funny, because as a Canadian on numerous gadventure trips, lots of guides have never had a Canadian on their tour before....I rarely meet another Canadian unless I bring them with me, nor do I meet many americans .... 0 Canadians AND 0 americans on 2 week Madagascar tour; 0 Canadians AND 0 americans on 3 week china trip; 0 Americans and 1 Canadian duo( father daughter who only did first week) on 4 week Indochina discovery. Europe and Australia were my exception to this and even then they were still in the severe minority.

When I spent a year in Australia, I met more dutch and british people than I ever did Australians, so I figure they are all out travelling...I would be surprised if I was ever on a tour without an AUSTRALIAN :)
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Re: Average group make up

Postby Janice08 » Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:23 pm

In January I went on the Monarch Butterfly tour in Mexico. I had expected to be one of the older ones on the trip but instead ended up being the second youngest! There were 13 of us, all but one (who was 32) were over 50 and up into their 70's. For the most part age didn't made any difference in what we did, or who we did it with, and overall we got along great. The group consisted of 3 couples, one pair of friends and 5 people travelling alone.
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Re: Average group make up

Postby dreaded_luggage » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:52 am

nikimarcotte wrote:5 singles.. 4 girls ... another duo of girls, me and my sister... 2 gals that were single travellers ... 3 duos of girls ... 3 singles(2 ladies) ... a sister ... 3 new singles (2 girls) ... plus 4 singles(3 ladies) ... and 5 single ladies ... 6 single ladies, 2 duos of girls ...1 duo of girls, 2 single ladies...
... and yet the recent e-mail poll from G asking why we choose their trips did not list this as one of the possible reasons. :roll:

All the single ladies, all the single ladies, all the single ladies, all the single ladies ...
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