How to Choose a Tour Operator
You know that trip must be taken now or never, but you don’t know which tour company to use. At least, there are many options out there, but how do you take a pick?
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 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’re the type who likes to linger at an attraction, you might prefer 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. Also, you will only be required to join some – not all – of the activities during a tour.
You need just what what exactly will be included in the basic cost of the trip. Do you cover your airfare? Hotel or other amenities? Will the tour include any free days that you might want to use 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.
Cultural immersion can be defined in various ways. If meeting locals is one of your goals for the trip, spend a night in a homestay or share a meal with the family. You can also take a cooking class and learn some local dishes. Tour companies can offer varied levels of cultural immersion, so go with the one that is most in line with your preferences.
There is probably nothing more important for a tourist than his itinerary. 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.
Sometimes, you may not want too much free time, as when the trip is shorter or you don’t like the group you’re with On the other hand, you may want more free time to explore on your own. Tour companies are usually happy to work with you on your preferences.