11 problems that could destroy your group tour
Like every form of travel, group touring has its pleasures and its pitfalls. Here are 11 of the most common concerns to plan for and check on with your agency before booking.
Text by Pauline Frommer | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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I suggest booking through a trusted travel agent using a reputable tour company. Realize that there will be glitches - traveling is meant to be an a fun experience. Treat it as such. Fellow travelers can be annoying, self centered and the tour may miss the mark, but when you get home evaluate and reflect. I bet you enjoyed it over all.
Tours are tailor made for single travelers, first time travelers to foreign lands or senior citizens. While I have been on many cruises, I find that they are not the best way to tour, in my estimation. The land tours are expensive. It's "in by 9 out by 5" menality. It does offer a safe, comfortable smorgasbord of the ports.
In short, be flexibe in all situations and you will enjoy your trip much more. Complain and you will end up being miserable. I have done foreign lands by myself and via formal tours and enjoyed both.
This article forgot one, MAJOR, problem, with tourist groups. and that is Students Tours.
These kids are on spring visits, to other cities, yet too often, they act like ANIMALS.
Language, foul gestures, littering, shoving, and the list just goes on.
Personally, I wish these tours could be abolished, PERMANENTLY.
Actually, I don't mind guides getting kickbacks under certain conditions:
1) sells indigenous and/or local items rarely or not found elsewhere on tour
2) inspected shops that sell authentic goods that are often counterfeit in other places
3) sells customized goods delivered to you before leaving area/country
4) includes tour, craft demonstration, etc.
5) prices not well above market
you could not drag my rotting corpse onto a cruise ship. thus, nor a group tour.
Tour groups & activities only can give you a overview of the area you're interested in; not the cool & indigenous fun to be had.
Rule # 1 when traveling:
WHEN IN 'ROME' , DO AS THEY DO !
- - If there is a warning, Click it and Select "Always Allow Pop-ups from This Site..."
- - Otherwise, try your toolbar or other Pop-up blockers.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Which of these extreme outdoor sports would you be brave enough to try?
- BASE jumping
- Ice climbing