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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Hathaway

What Type of Travel is Right for You? A Guide to Finding Your Perfect Travel Style

Escape the everyday grind and embrace the thrill of travel! Vacation time is precious, but with countless trip options, it can feel like a puzzle to figure out what's right for you. My best friend and I grappled with this exact dilemma when planning our Thailand adventure. Should we join a small group tour, splurge on a private experience, or go full DIY with independent travel? In the end, we found a perfect blend: a budget-friendly small group tour for temple hopping, a private excursion for unique experiences like a sunrise alms-giving ceremony, and a dash of independent exploration to satisfy our spontaneous side. It was a match made in travel heaven!

But everyone's different, right? With so many travel styles to choose from – group tours, small group tours, private tours, river cruises, ocean cruises, and FIT (Free Independent Travel) – finding your perfect match is key. Let's break down the pros and cons of each, then take a fun quiz to discover your ideal getaway. Ready for some travel therapy?

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Group Tours


  • Stress-Free Planning: Forget the endless research and decision fatigue! Your itinerary is all set, so you can focus on the fun.

  • Instant Social Circle: Meet fellow adventurers from around the globe and make memories together. You never know who you'll click with!

  • Expert Guidance: Our trusted tour companies provide local guides who spill the secrets on hidden gems and must-try experiences.

  • Structured Itinerary: If you're not a fan of surprises or prefer a clear plan of action, a group tour keeps you on track with a pre-set itinerary.


  • Less Flexibility: Itineraries are generally fixed, so spontaneity isn't the name of the game.

  • Potential for Crowds: Group sizes can vary, and larger groups might mean less personal attention and a faster pace.

  • Limited Solo Exploration: If you crave lots of free time to wander on your own, group tours might feel a bit restricting.

Perfect for:

  • Social Butterflies

  • First-Time Travelers

  • Structure Lovers

  • Budget-Minded Explorers

Small Group Tours


  • Intimate & Personalized: Get to know your fellow travelers and enjoy more one-on-one time with your guide.

  • Added Flexibility: While still structured, small group tours offer a bit more wiggle room and free time for your own adventures.

  • Meaningful Connections: Forge deeper bonds with like-minded travelers who share your interests.

  • Niche Focus: Many small group tours cater to specific passions, like food, history, or adventure


  • Slightly Pricier: Less people often means a higher price tag, but the personalized experience is usually worth it!

  • Not Fully Flexible: You'll still have a set itinerary, so complete spontaneity isn't guaranteed.

Perfect for:

  • Connection Seekers

  • Balanced Explorers

  • Niche Enthusiasts

  • Social Solo Travelers

Private Tours


  • Your Trip, Your Way: Craft a personalized itinerary to see exactly what you want, when you want.

  • Tailored Flexibility: Customize pre-built tours or design your dream trip from scratch.

  • VIP Treatment: Enjoy undivided attention and expert guidance from your dedicated guide.

  • Privacy & Exclusivity: Escape the crowds and savor a more intimate travel experience.


  • Premium Price: Private tours are an investment, but we're happy to help you find options that fit your budget.

  • Requires Decisions: You'll have more control, which means making choices about what you want to see and do.

Perfect for:

  • Those looking for tailor-made travel

  • Families & Groups with diverse interests and needs

  • Privacy Seekers

  • Honeymooners



  • Endless Entertainment: Think Broadway-style shows, casinos that never sleep, dance parties that rival the best nightclubs, and waterslides that'll make you feel like a kid again. The options are as vast as the ocean itself!

  • Island Hopping Made Easy: Unpack once and wake up to a new view every day. Explore multiple destinations without the hassle of constant travel logistics.

  • Something for Everyone: From budget-friendly to ultra-luxurious, there's a floating paradise for every traveler and every wallet.

  • Theme Park at Sea?:  With family-friendly options like Disney Cruises or adults-only getaways, you can find the perfect cruise to match your interests.


  • Crowds, Ahoy!:  Be prepared to share the fun with thousands of other passengers, especially on those mega-ships.

  • Time Flies When You're Having Fun: Port days can feel rushed, with limited time to explore each destination. (And remember, don't miss the boat!)

  • Cultural Immersion Light: While excursions are available, the focus is often more on fun and adventure than deep cultural dives.

Perfect for:

  • Families & Multi-Generational Groups

  • Social Butterflies & Fun Lovers

  • Budget Travelers that love all-inclusive deals

  • The Indecisive who can't pick just one destination

  • Activity Enthusiasts



  • Intimate Escape: Smaller ships mean a more personalized experience, like a floating boutique hotel.

  • Culture & History Immersion: Longer port stays allow for in-depth exploration and authentic encounters.

  • Scenic Waterways: Glide through picturesque riverscapes, with ever-changing views just outside your window.

  • Hidden Gems Await: Discover charming villages and towns that larger ships can't reach.

  • Niche Adventures: From wine tastings to holiday markets, many cruises cater to specific passions.


  • Premium Pricing: River cruises tend to be pricier, but the intimate atmosphere and curated experiences often justify the cost.

  • Less Onboard Hustle & Bustle:  Don't expect mega-ship amenities; river cruises are about savoring the journey, not non-stop entertainment.

Perfect for:

  • Relaxed Travelers

  • History & Culture Buffs

  • Those Looking for Romantic Getaways

  • Mature Explorers

  • Scenic View Lovers

  • Foodies & Wine Connoisseurs



  • Unleash Your Inner Explorer:  You're the captain of your own ship! Craft a unique itinerary that perfectly matches your interests and pace.

  • Authentic Adventures: Dive headfirst into local culture, interact with locals, and discover hidden gems off the tourist trail.

  • Budget-Friendly Bliss: Tailor your trip to your wallet's needs, choosing accommodations and activities that align with your financial goals


  • Planning Power Required: Get ready to put on your researcher hat! From booking flights to choosing hotels, it's all on you.

  • Potential for Overwhelm: First-timers or those who prefer a more guided experience might find FIT travel a bit daunting.

  • Solo Considerations: Traveling alone? Be prepared for potential moments of solitude if you crave constant company.

Perfect for:

  • Independent Spirits

  • Seasoned Explorers

  • Budget-Conscious Wanderlusters

  • Culture Vultures

  • Passionate Travelers

Travel Style Quiz

Whether you're a solo adventurer, a social butterfly, or a luxury lover, there's a perfect travel style waiting for you.  Don't let the overwhelming options keep you from experiencing the world in a way that truly speaks to you. Take our quick and fun quiz to uncover your ideal travel match!

Let Serenity & Bliss Travels help you curate your perfect travel adventure!

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