There is the argument that you meet fewer people when you travel with someone else or in a larger tour group. The thought is that you become lazy and don't reach out to others. Likewise others are intimidated by approaching folks already engaged in conversation with each other. I was very aware of that when Trafalgar Tours invited my daughter and her two young children to join me on their Castles and Kilts Family Experience Tour to the U.K. I didn't want an insular experience. To me so much of the joy of travel is in the people you meet along the way. That was what I wanted for my family's first trip to Great Britain. I needn't have worried.
Not only were there the lovely families that we toured with but there were other countless charismatic characters we met along the way. I captured most of them in photos but I know that each has been recorded in my grandkiddies' memory banks. They've learned something new from each encounter on UK soil and that's what makes this grandmother very, very happy.
The Bubble Man at Hamleys, the largest toy store in London. What a great encounter for kids suffering jetlag on our first day in London.