Your holiday is very precious, you deserve to have the best time of your life. Of course you want it to become a lifelong memory of amazing experiences. But with so many different options and so many tour operators on the market, trying to decide on the best option can easily give you a headache. We have a handful of tips and hints that can help you choose your tour consciously and wisely.
1. One is better than plenty
We bet we don’t have to convince you that if a drug is supposed to cure everything, in fact cures nothing at all. Take the same approach to your tour. Have you seen those offers that promise you the best of Europe, 46 countries in 7 days? Well, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit here, but we’re sure you get the point. Skip those. It’s like window shopping. You don’t really get to know the places you visit, you never get to feel their spirit, and after a while your mind might put memories from completely different places in one sack and mix them. It’s a much better idea to focus on a particular area and experience it to the fullest.
2. No need to rush
In today’s world everything happens so quickly. But is rushing really something that you want to do when you’re on holiday? Beware of tours with itineraries packed into too little time. A 12-day-long tour will most probably turn out to be more valuable than an 8- or 10-day-long one. And if you enjoy having some more space for exploring the places you visit on your own, opt for a 16-day-long tour. Longer tours usually let you do your sightseeing at a slower pace, step off the beaten path and get the real picture of the country and culture.
3. Beware of quasi-small groups
Traveling with a group has a lot of advantages. We can’t fool nature, humans are pack animals and we usually like to share our experiences and emotions with other people, make new friends and spend time together. But if the group is too big, sightseeing becomes less comfortable, moving around becomes more difficult and your tour starts to remind you of mass production, rather than something pleasant, with a personal touch to it. That’s why many travelers prefer small group tours. And tour operators are perfectly aware of that, so they often promise you a small group. Take your time to find out what “small” actually means according to your tour operator. Some are tempted to call 25 people a “small group”. But judging from our experience, 25 is already a crowd.
4. Check the reviews
Before you decide which company to travel with,do a little research and learn more about your tour operator. Don’t rely only on the company’s website or facebook profile After all, who doesn’t like to toot their own horns?. Check out the reviews on sites like TripAdvisor instead, where you will find genuine, unedited reviews written by people who have already traveled with that company. You may be surprised at how helpful they may turn out to be.
5. Cheaper doesn’t equal better
When looking for the perfect tour, you’ll discover that the prices for what may seem quite similar at first sight vary from company to company. Of course you want to get the best value for your money. But cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better. To be able to offer a lower price, tour operators have to cut the costs on something. Is it the itinerary? The size of the group? The quality or location of hotels? Or perhaps – touch wood – unqualified staff? Before you decide to book a cheaper tour, examine it carefully and make sure you’re comfortable with it and it’s really what you’re looking for.
Having read all that, choosing the right tour will be a peace of cake for you. But hey, let’s not forget about the most important thing. First of all, you need to choose your holiday destination. We have to follow our hearts on this one, so our advice is: Poland, Poland, Poland!