Organized tours are great for those who don't have the time, or the interest, in planning every detail of a trip. Signing up for an organized tour is an excellent way to meet and travel with people who have similar interests, which is a big benefit for single travelers. Organized tours are also convenient for older travelers or those with mobility problems. The tour company takes care of all the details, including transportation, lodging, food and sightseeing. Organized tours can also lead to a richer experience by connecting your group with knowledgeable guides and local experts, which can be harder to do on your own.
Organized tours often don't leave much room for independence or exploring by yourself. Even if you'd like to stay at a museum for an extra hour or explore a city for another day, you'll have to move with the group on the scheduled itinerary.
First decide what activity you'd like to do, and where you want to go. Narrow down your options by factoring in dates and your budget. Look closely at the trip you're interested in to make sure it matches your traveling style. Here are some things to consider:
Once you've found a trip you're interested in, make sure the tour company has sufficient experience and expertise. Here are some good questions to ask a tour company before you sign up for a trip:
Tip: Communicate with the tour company about any health concerns, disabilities or diet requirements you might have so they can be prepared to make your trip an enjoyable experience.
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By REI Staff
Last updated: 02/18/2014
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