Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned About Recreation
Finding the Right Tour Operator
You’re sure you want to go on that trip, but you don’t know which tour company to call. You have a lot of options, that’s for sure, but how do you choose the right one?
Tour Group Size
First of all, look at the tour group’s size. 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
You may not have thought of it but the pace and physical requirements of a tour can affect the overall quality of your travel experience. If you like to linger at a particular attraction, go with a guided tour. If you like to check out as many attractions as possible, a coach tour or a ship cruise may be the better choice. When it comes to physical requirements, expect different modes of transportation to be provided. Also, you will only be required to join some – not all – of the activities during a tour.
You have to know the exact inclusions in the basic cost of the trip. Do you have to pay for your airline ticket? How about accommodation or other amenities? Will you have any free days that you might want to spend shopping? Confirm as well if there will be additional activities as part of the tour. Note that these will likely cost extra and need to be booked ahead.
There can be many ways to define cultural immersion. If you like to spend time meeting locals, you can probably share a meal or stay a night in a homestay. You can also learn to cook some local dishes by attending a cooking class. Different tour companies offer different levels of cultural immersion, so choose one that meets 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. Just ask your prospective tour company to give you a copy of their itinerary, or maybe just look it up 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 explore on your own. Most of the time, tour companies will be happy to accommodate your preferences if you tell them.