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It's like that everywhere for guided tours (not just Chinese people) It makes it easier to follow the guide. The guide tour leader will carry a flag so that if/when people get lost they can spot the flag; This is especially the case now because most guides have radio systems so that people can be further away from the guide and still hear her/him.


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For the same reason that Western and Near Eastern militaries have been carrying "colours, standards (and) guidons" for 7,000 years: so the troops know where the commander is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_colours,_standards_and_guidons In military organizations, the practice of carrying colours, standards or guidons, both to act as a rallying ...


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This is very common in China. You might have a number of tour groups simultaneously at a busy tourist site and the use of a flag (and stickers on the participants) helps keep them together and is very much necessary. Sometimes the tour leader will dress in minority costume as well (for example in Lijiang), which also helps them stand out from the crowd. It'...


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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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Probably the official answer is that each adult should use the lane appropriate to her circumstances. That said, in practicality, in the US and elsewhere, a small group of two or three may stay together and use the fastest line. By a small group, I mean perhaps an adult citizen with his alien parent, someone travelling with a disabled person using a fast ...


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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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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 ...


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I've been unable to find anything that is definitively less than 20 people, but there are a few promising options. Day trips between Boston and New York typically leave around 7 a.m. and bring you back to your starting city around anywhere between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. (that's scheduled only - do expect delays due to traffic and construction, as the entire ...


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The problem with arranging a group trip involving anyone other than close friends is that you (as the organiser) can easily be left out of pocket or worse if things go wrong; people can and will cancel at the last minute, pull out without telling you, miss their flights, trash their rooms etc. leaving you with the liability. That's why I'd recommend using a ...


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If you get a higher price for a booking for multiple persons, then most likely there are not enough seats for the cheap fare available any more. So you will most probably end up with the same total amount, when you book separately. An edge case could be, that a booking engine would choose the same more expensive fare for the whole booking, even e.g. one seat ...


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There are absolutely groups whose primary purpose is to meet up at malls and walk. Google has this information: here are some examples: Avalon Mall Walkers Burlington Ontario List of programs in the Greater Toronto Area Article giving some examples


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As others said, you'll see those everywhere, not only in Thailand. Each tour guide has a stick with some special identifying items, most often flag or stuffed animals, to make them visible in a crowded area. It's also useful for tours that tourists join individually and arrive at the meeting point on their own. European tourist companies more commonly use ...


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I would recommend GroupTravel. You can get group rates for airfare and hotels. We use this website to get deals on hotels for our gymnastics team. Good luck.


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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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The main problem is these days, almost every big site tries to bill themselves as a community. In addition, many of them don't release stats on demographics, membership numbers and so on. Some of the most popular ones include: Couchsurfing - over 5.5 million members in 97,000 towns, in over 250 states or countries. TripAdvisor claims to be the largest ...


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Side note: I love when things like that just pop out and you discover "definitions" no one person you know in that area would ever use, like when Milano inhabitants discovered that GMaps decided that there is a Chinatown in the city :-D Anyway, bttq: the concept of "Italian lake region" cover a surface of about 11.000 km, so maybe you should narrow things a ...


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There are multiple possibilities here and which one will work really depends on your situation. Here is a list of a few things you could do: Book through an agency offering split payments. There are a couple of them around. This way everyone can pay their part. For example ba.com offers this service. Go to or phone up a travel organisation and have them ...


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I don't know if my experience with group ticketing for airplanes is of any use to you, however I'm going to share it. Every year I take groups of students for language courses abroad and I always face the problem of getting the lowest tariff possible while having everybody on the same plane (they are minors and I can't risk their getting in trouble). What I ...


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Finally, we got the last visa after 6 weeks (3 weeks after receiving the other 3 visas). Here I would like to inform about what to do if someone faces the same situation. Sometimes they take the applications randomly to assess the visa. I had to call the service (00 44 203 481 1736) 3 times to explain my situation. The first woman said that the application ...


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No. The tickets for the no-show passengers will be cancelled, but the rest of your party will be unaffected. More specifically, the T&C for airlines (as a random example, here's Singapore Airlines) differentiate between a Ticket and the Passengers on that ticket. All the rules about showing up on time etc apply to individual Passengers, eg. Article 7: ...


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I don't think so. Any search engine is only going to as good as the code that it runs, and not many companies would be willing to spend time and money coding something not very many people would use. My advice: Contact a travel agent and ask them about this. Travel agents are still helpful as they are people, and can figure out workarounds.


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This was prepared on the stated assumption that the performances would be unpaid. OP later stated We aren't going to get paid (if they pay us, it'll be a nice bonus!) but we do expect to be reimbursed for most or all of our travel costs. Some Indian visa regulations on the web seem to be described about as clearly as a pea souper at night during a power cut ...


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My experiences entering the US suggests that a group can use any line as long as at least one member of the group qualifies for that line. These experiences include: Being told by a CBP officer to take my European girlfriend with me to the US citizens line (15 years ago or so). Entering the US through the "A and G visas" line when traveling with my wife ...


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More likely it was a group that happens to go to a mall to walk, as well as other events. For example, you can look in a city on meetup.com for social groups. I've joined a few in Vancouver. Several of them will advertise walks - be it around the waterfront, a hike, or quite likely indoors. Indeed, a google search will reveal a few - for example, this ...


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I've traveled with friends who call the shots before - it can be a bit nerve wracking. If it's someone you know well, make it a point to voice when you'd rather skip out on the group plan for the day. Just because you travel together doesn't mean you have to spend 24hr/day together. It helps to remember the perks involved with group travel too - being able ...


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You are probably best off finding low fares online (google flights, ita matrix, skyscanner, hipmunk, etc.), then confirm the price (for 1 passenger) on the airlines website, and then contact the airline directly to buy in bulk mentioning the specific fares that you have found and want. I would do this rather sooner than later. December is a busy travel ...


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