Finding the Right Tour Operator
You know that trip must be taken now or never, but you don’t know which tour company to use. You have a lot of options, that’s for sure, but how do you choose the right one?
Tour Group Size
First off, consider the size of the tour group. Smaller means you have more flexibility and easier access to what they call a destination’s “secret gems.” But that also means you’ll be spending a lot of time with the same bunch of people.
Tour Pace and Physical Requirements
Tour pace and physical requirements can affect your travel experience more than you think it can. If you like to linger at a particular attraction, go with a guided tour. If you fancy seeing as many attractions as you can, then without a doubt a ship cruise or a coach tour is for you. In terms of physical requirements, you will be provided with alternate modes of transportation in most cases. As well, there will only be a few activities during a tour that are mandatory, so that gives you time to rest if you want to.
Know what’s actually included in the trip’s base cost. Do you cover your airfare? What about accommodation or other amenities? Will you have any free days that you might want to spend shopping? Also confirm whether the tour will include any other additional activities. Note that these will likely cost extra and need to be booked ahead.
Cultural immersion can mean many different things. If you want to spend time with locals, maybe stay a night in a homestay or at least have a meal with the family. You can also see a traditional play or dance. Tour companies can offer varied levels of cultural immersion, so go with the one that is most in line with your preferences.
The itinerary is probably the most important part of a tour, guided or not, alone or with a group. Make sure to choose a tour that features all of the attractions you want to see. This one is so easy. Simply ask for a copy of your prospect’s itinerary, or just look for it on their website. Of course, you can also check out customized tour options if you’re not happy with preset packages.
There are times when you won’t want a lot of free time, like when you dislike your tour group or when the trip is shorter. On the other hand, you may want more free time to enjoy the destination by yourself. Tour companies will actually be willing to work with around your preferences.