Is international travel on your “bucket list?” Many of us have that special place we want to see and experience, and travel to far-off places provides memorable experiences from different cultures, food, customs, entertainment and landmarks. Exploring the destination on your own is always an option, but travelers often choose guided tours. These tours are incredibly popular worldwide, and for many good reasons, the biggest being the turnkey convenience.
A tour operator handles all the logistics and prep work. You save time and energy that you would normally put into planning all the details of your transportation, lodging, meals and tours. The tour operator plans an itinerary for visiting locations based on their proximity to make efficient use of the tour time. The itineraries maximize individuality and free time to avoid a “herd mentality,” allowing personal space. Many meals are included with the group, and other meals are on your own, so you may seek out special meals as desired. The tours take into account the visiting hours of the stops on the itinerary so you don't have to spend hours researching the information for each place you want to visit. Transportation is handled for you. You simply sign up and show up at the designated time.
Safety & Comfort
Visiting a foreign land can cause many travelers to feel nervous or unsure of where to go and how to act. This is particularly true for vacations abroad if you are not fluent in the local language. A group tour gives you a sense of comfort since the tour guide understands the culture. In some destinations, safety is an issue. The tour guide helps you avoid potentially dangerous areas of the city and brings a sense of safety to the trip.
Tour companies operate frequent tours in the area and often hire locals to guide the tours. This provides an inside knowledge of the destination that you might not have. Insider knowledge of the area means you'll hit all the highlights. The tour may also allow you to uncover some hidden gems within the city that you wouldn't otherwise know about. Guides often share stories and bits of history about landmarks to give more depth to your experience.
For the past nine years, the Chamber has offered international trips to members. In 2019, we will be traveling to Spain (includes Barcelona), and to the exotic country of China. For more information on our travel plans, contact Barbara Weiss at (302) 294.2068 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit our website at www.ncccc.com.
If these destinations are not on your “bucket list,” consider contacting one of our many excellent member travel companies for a customized trip. Visit our online business directory, click here.