As you know my eyes have been opened to more and more travel opportunities through my new job as a travel consultant. I have been reading and learning about tour companies and things you can experience through guided vacations. I was definitely surprised to learn that it is very affordable to participate in a guided tour rather than trying to do everything on your own.
6 months ago, I did not have any idea you could easily find like minded people and join their well planned excursions, rather than trying to “re-invent the wheel yourself.” I think this would have really benefitted me when I toured Ireland in 2017. Though I had a decent time and saw many things, I felt like I was missing out and not really experiencing Ireland. I was a casual tourist, and certainly did not have the full, and the enriching Irish experience I had hoped for.
So this next time, I’m looking at an award winning tour company in Europe called Back Roads Touring as my way to show my son Switzerland. Rather than putting all the pressure on myself to do months of research and then try to coordinate everything, I will enlist the experts. It already feels like a relief. I’d love for someone to take the lead so my son & I can both enjoy the adventure to the fullest rather than us both wondering when I’ll make the next wrong turn.
Here are three tour companies, of many, that my travel agency recommends. (I bet these will get you started on thinking about your next adventure!)
G Adventures A Canadian company well known around the globe.
Back Roads Touring A Specialist in Europe. Small groups of 18 or fewer.
On The Go Tours Specializing in 4 & 5 Star Luxury Guided Tours. Often with incredible deals on last minute adventures.
Consider the math if you think that $2000 is too much to pay for a 7 day guided tour. As an individual you might pay: 7 nights hotel ($1400), plus taxis/uber/shuttles ($300), plus admission tickets to museums/activities/monuments ($250) plus select meals ($300) for a total of $2250 or more. While you could share the hotel and taxi expense with your spouse, that’s true, the meals and tickets are individually priced regardless. Also consider the value of NOT stressing about planning and research and driving routes. Would that make your vacation more enjoyable?
If you’re interested in any of these tours, track me down at McPhail Travel in Brandon and let’s talk! (Cathie@mcphailtravel.net)