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Are there any online resources that help in organizing group travels? Perhaps a site with a bunch of trips that people can join and if they join they are going to travel with the company of new people who have booked the same trip. In other words a vacation which allows you to meet new people.

I'm from Italy and I'd like a European trip.

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interesting question. I seem to remember coming across something of the kind in the past. I'll try to figure out what it was, but +1 in the meantime. – Paola Jul 21 '12 at 17:50

A popular company that does this is Intrepid Travel. They do group tours everywhere including Europe. Just make sure you change your country of residence down the bottom of the page if it is not correct already.

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Since you are Italian, you may want to give Avventure nel mondo a try. It is a well known site that perfectly fits your needs.

If I can give you a piece of advice, don't understimate travelling alone. It's one of the best ways to meet other people during your trip, not only other travellers but local people too. Being alone makes you more responsive to people around you and you will be more inclined to talk with them. Even if in your country you are not the kind of person that can easily approach other people, it will surprise you to find out how easy it is to do that while travelling alone.

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I appreciate very much your advice, especially the second part of it as I knew 'Avventure nel mondo' but I find it a little expensive :-). One day I should probably have to do the travel alone experience even if I'm trying to avoid it because it makes me both scared and quite sad... By the way, thank you again!!! – Luigi Tiburzi Jul 23 '12 at 14:15

Contiki is another company that does group trips, though for a limited age range (18-35). They have tours on several continents, including Europe. I haven't personally used them, but know of people who have and they were very happy with the trip. They called it exhausting, but the time of their life.

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You will not really learn anything about history or culture on a Contiki trip, but you will definitely have a lot of fun while not learning it, especially if the f/m ratio of 2:1 works in your favor. – choster Jul 23 '12 at 1:28

Couchsurfing can be used to do something like this: the site includes city-specific forums. Using these forums you can meet up with other travelers who are visiting a particular city.

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