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The demographics of a tour group

Earlier this year I solo travelled to Costa Rica and while I was there I had my very first hostel experience. I  felt like I kept meeting different versions of the same few people and so I documented 10 hostel guest stereotypes in a blog called ‘What type of hostel guest are you?’ More recently, I went to India and travelled around the Golden Triangle in a bus full of (South African) tourists. This is not the first time I have been part of a tour group. Based on two experiences, I now think I have a decent handle on the stereotypes that occur in tour groups and so, I have decided to once again document them for you here.

If you have ever been on a group tour, how many of these people have you met?




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About the Sharonicles

The Sharonicles is a travel humour blog about an ex-cruise ship crew member who is trying to adjust to life on land with itchy feet. Sharon is currently taking a break from her seafaring adventures to explore some more landlocked locations from her home base in Johannesburg, South Africa. She likes to photograph a plastic lawn flamingo 'Rodrigo' on her travels because it seemed like a good idea ten years ago and 53 countries later, it’s probably too late to turn back now.

 Sharon greatly dislikes reading 'travel blogs' by people who are just rephrasing press releases or composing lists like '15 ways to travel the world for cheap', specifically formulated for SEO, with absolutely no evidence that the writers have ever left their bedrooms. (This is not one of those blogs.) Sharon also dislikes bigotry and referring to herself in first person, apparently.

To find out more about Sharon and Rodrigo’s travel aspirations read this.

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