We’ve always been uncomfortable using the term “group tour” to describe our trips. Those two words conjure images in our mind of 50 people being herded onto a big bus by a clipboard-wielding tour guide, before driving to yet another gem museum or group quilt-making class. There are people who enjoy this type of travel and that’s fantastic – but we’re not them! When we started Detours we figured there must be other travelers who just want to get a good group together and experience some of the world’s best places together. Travelers who happen to not only be gay, but also share a desire to meet great new people in a fun and open environment, and experience some unforgettable memories.
It’s coming up four years since Detours launched with just one destination and a hope that there were other travelers just like us out there. With our 6th and 7th destinations scheduled to be announced before our launch anniversary comes in July, and with hundreds of travelers finishing their trips grinning from ear to ear, it’s safe to say that there are travelers just like us. Our next three trips coming up next month are all sold out, almost entirely by guys who had never been on a group tour, but are now embarking on their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and even 5th group trip with us!
If you’ve never been on a “group tour” before, just know two things… that you’re not alone, and we’re confident it won’t be your last! Get in touch with us if you’d like to chat more about our trips or if we can connect you with any of our past travelers.
Jetting off to the other side of the world, into a new culture, with new people, new food, and new surroundings can be an incredibly exciting and exhilarating moment to look forward to. But it can also be a scary thought for some – especially if you’re traveling solo. What will the group be like? What if I’m the only solo traveler, will I feel left out? If you’re asking yourself these questions you’d probably be surprised and comforted to know that around 60% of travelers on DETOURS trips join solo, while the remaining 40-ish% join with a friend or a partner. Our solo travelers are usually looking for a fun setting to meet new people, sometimes looking to step out of their comfort zone, and always excited to see the world. It has always amazed us how a group of up to 15 unique people from all different backgrounds and places can come together in a beautiful place and bond so quickly. We like to think it has a lot to do with the atmosphere that we set right at the very first moments of a trip. Your trip leader gathers everyone together to simply chat and get to know each other casually over coffee or a beer in a local coffee shop or patio. It’s during these first minutes of relaxed friendly gatherings that really sets a welcome mood that lasts throughout the trip and usually far beyond it! If you’re joining us as a solo traveler, you’re not alone, and you can be assured a friendly welcome right off the bat. But don’t just take our word for it! Read well over 100 past traveler stories on our Trip Reviews page or Contact Us any time.