Let's face it. Guided tours don't have a good reputation. When mentioned, most people picture a horde of senior adults touring cheesy sights at a snail's pace. While that may have been true in the past, today's guided tours are changing the whole perspective. Let's look at some of the most common misconceptions.
Guided tours only visit tourist traps. Today's tour operators are working to satisfy every client's needs. More options are being offered to travelers who are well traveled or have particular interests. If you want to "live like a local," a guided vacation can now offer that option. With most tour companies, you will find unique accommodations like castles, tree houses, cave hotels, etc. They can also arrange meals with local families, tours with locals, or they can create a totally customized tour just for you.
Tours are just for old people. Not any longer. Tours have become extremely diverse, so there is something for everyone despite their interest or age. In fact, Adventures by Disney, which offers tours for families and children of all ages, is a great example.Whether you're a Baby Boomer or Millennial, there is an enriching, cultural experience for you. Tour operators are aware that exploring other cultures and experiencing local food and wine is an important reason to travel.
I don't want to spend my vacation with 40 other people I don't know. Tour operators get this, and now it's easier than ever to find a tour package that caters to smaller, more intimate groups- some as small as 10 people. They
will even customize a tour just for you, your family and friends.
Guided tours come in so many different forms today. They still may not be for everyone, but I recommend that you give the guided tour option another look. If you're interested in exploring this option, give us a call. We can help!
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Ann Jones, CTC, MCC