HOW TO BOOK THE RIGHT TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
The range of tours on the market today can be baffling. Whether you’re looking to book the trip of a lifetime, a short break or a gap year adventure, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the range of options and destinations on offer.
Step 1. Keep your mind open to different destinations
It can be tempting to hone in on the best-known and most popular destinations, but it’s worth exploring further – especially if you’re planning your trip around a specific activity. Did you know that you can take a cycling tour in Cuba, discover pristine islands off the coast of Panama, try mountain biking in Kazakhstan and help wildlife conservation efforts in Nepal? Group tours also give you more security than travelling independently, so you can feel safe venturing off the beaten track.
Step 2. Think about how much you want to pack in
Consider what you want to get out of your trip. Do you want to get a taste of several countries or would you rather spend longer getting under the skin of one place? How hectic do you want your itinerary to be? There’s a tour out there for everyone – and no right or wrong way to travel.
Step 3. Be realistic
Yes, that 12-day trek might sound incredible, but if you’ve spent the last two years sitting at a desk all day you’ll need to think seriously about preparation. Similarly three days on a camel in the Moroccan desert might make for some awesome photos, but if you melt in the heat, it could end up being slightly more challenging than you expect.
Step 4. Always book with a trusted operator
Make sure you book your trip with a reliable, trusted operator. Using a service like TourRadar or Viator makes this simple and hassle-free.
Step 5. Check what’s included
The prices for most tours don’t include flights and on many you’ll need to pay for at least some of your meals. These extra costs can mount up, so take them into consideration early on and don’t leave flight booking to the last minute. You’ll also need to make sure you’re fully insured – especially if you’re planning to try your hand at adventure sports while you’re away.
Step 6. Read the reviews
Worried you won’t be up to that hike? Want to know what the food’s going to be like? More often than not, you’ll find previous travellers have answered these questions in the reviews. There’s no better way to get an idea of what the trip’s going to be like.