A Beginners Guide To Activities
How to Choose a Tour Operator
You’re sure about going on that trip, except you have no idea which tour company to trust. 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 more flexibility, especially in terms of accessing the so-called “hidden gems” of your destination. But that also means you’ll be spending a lot of time with the same bunch of people.
Pace and Physical Requirements
The pace and physical requirements of a tour can be a huge factor in your overall travel experience. 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 can expect various modes of transportation to be available. Also, you will only be required to join some – not all – of the activities during a tour.
Know what’s actually included in the trip’s base cost. Will you have to pay for airfare? Hotel or other amenities? Will there be any free days you’d like to spend shopping? Also check whether there are other activities that will be offered during the tour. Note that these will likely cost extra and need to be booked ahead.
Cultural immersion can mean many different things. If you like to spend time meeting locals, you can probably share a meal or stay a night in a homestay. 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 is very easy. Simply ask for a copy of your prospect’s itinerary, or just look for it on their website. Of course, you have the option to take a custom tour if you’re not happy with any of their 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, more free time may be exactly what you want so you can enjoy the attractions on your own. Tour companies are usually happy to work with you on your preferences.