Solo Gay TravelTravelling alone is one of those unique experiences—a great way for self-discovery and exploring a new culture. However, sitting alone in a restaurant, or trying to spontaneously find a dancing partner for a night of clubbing gets tiresome after a while. You can only find so many “friends” on your gay-app-of-choice.

When you’re part of a minority group (as all LGBT people are), travelling can sometimes be a tricky field to navigate. There are legitimate safety concerns, but also a certain desire and interest to meet like-minded individuals. Or at least be in a comfortable enough situation where you can ask those awkward questions or share those too-personal stories.

There’s a lot to say about taking a gay group tour. Everyone loves a good gaycation every once-in-a-while, a holiday where you can worry less and still have as much fun (if not more fun).

1. Perfect for the solo traveller

The typical gay group tour is surprisingly diverse. The group may very well be somewhat homogeneous—it could be a bunch of fit gay guys (that’s the dream, isn’t it?). But not necessarily. There may be a couple or two, but , there’s often a handful of solo travellers. Solo travel is pretty special, but it’s not the only way to travel. When you’re with a group of other travellers travelling by yourself, it’s a great way to meet people and make new connections. And to be able to share those experiences with new friends…

2. A great way to make new friends

Travelling with a group for up to a week or more, you’re bound to make new friends with your fellow travellers. It’s a lot of fun to share new experiences with new people. And with a diverse and international group of other travellers, you’ll come away with new friends in new places. As our world becomes more globalized, it’s comforting to have friends from all over.

3. The freedom to wander

The beauty of a group tour is that you have an itinerary of things to do, but companies like Costa Rica Gay Travel build in extra “alone time”—the time you can use for whatever you want. Whether it’s exploring a street food market, going to a club alone or maybe just meeting a local for a holiday romance, group tours give you the chance to explore both as part of a group, and alone. It’s that freedom to wander which can be so comforting on a two-week holiday—the chance to make your own memories, but also share an experience with new friends.

4. Community

On a gay group tour, you’re going to meet other LGBTQ travellers. Maybe they’ll have different tastes and interests, but you all do share something in common: that unique pride as both an LGBT person, but also as a traveller. Taking a gay trip is a great way to broaden your view of the LGBTQ world—different politics, rights issues, safety… It’s an ideal situation where you can feel comfortable to be yourself and to talk about subjects you might not be able to talk about with other travellers in different situations. There’s less judgement from your travel peers.

5. Chance to get out of your comfort zone

Nothing like a little peer pressure to get you to try some new amazing things! It’s funny, but it’s true. Group tours are one of the best ways to experience something totally new and different. Having friends with you to make sure you take that leap makes it so much easier. It’s part of the “shared experience” of travelling with like-minded friends.

6. Skip the travel planning stress

If you only have a two-week holiday once a year, who wants to deal with the stress of booking hotels, tours and planning itineraries? With a group tour provider, you get the ease of a perfectly-planned holiday without all that stress. Tour operators also seem to know the coolest and newest things to see and do abroad, plus they’re usually able to do it cheaper and better than if you’re on your own. Make sure to always check the tour itineraries before booking so you know what to expect.

7. No need for a selfie stick!

With a group tour there’s always someone else around to take your photos for you!

8.Get off the beaten path

Trust your local tour guide! They’re the experts. The tour guides are likely to have insider knowledge on the truly off the beaten track spots, whether it’s an unmarked hot spring, where are the best canopies, etc. These guys know what they’re doing and they know how to find the coolest things to see. As the local expert on the ground, they’ll also have the best recommendations on finding gay bars, LGBT safety tips and other insider knowledge.Costa Rica is one of the most gay-friendly countries in Central America with a lively gay social scene in San Jose and Manuel Antonio, and some of the friendliest local people you could ever meet! Join Costa Rica Gay Travel on a true Latin experience from the people, to the Salsa dancing, to the Gallo Pinto for breakfast.

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