Tips From The Nest: How to Choose a Tour

A holiday abroad can be an incredible, life-changing experience. To make sure this is the case for your upcoming getaway, it’s crucial you choose the best possible tour. With so many options to consider, this can quickly become overwhelming – so we’ve put together this guide to make the decision easier for you.


Where Are You Headed?

Destination is the key factor you’ll consider when deciding which tour to embark on. When working out your ideal holiday location, there are plenty of things to think about, such as:


Past experiences: What destinations have you loved or found disappointing during previous holidays? You might lean towards a country that is similar to one you’ve enjoyed visiting in the past.

Favourite foods: Do you adore the flavours of Italy or do you have cravings for Spanish cuisine? Perhaps you’ll let your tastebuds lead you to your next getaway destination!

Special interests: Are you intrigued by ANZAC history or do you have a penchant for fine art? If there’s something specific you’d like to experience or see while overseas, this could definitely influence your decision.    


Want some help identifying a fantastic destination for your journey? Try out our Where Should You Holiday in Europe? quiz!
 

Dinner at Lake Orta - Courtesy of Garry and Margaret Keath


When Will You Travel?

What season is ideal for your holiday? If your perfect getaway is incomplete with some skiing or swimming, you might want to lean towards a winter or summer tour respectively. More generally, consider your tolerance for heat and crowds. It’s a great idea to look for a tour that takes place during one of the shoulder periods (i.e. just before or after the peak tourist season).

The length of a tour should also factor into your decision. If you’ve realised in the past that you only like to be away from home for a certain amount of time, keep this in mind when comparing your options so that you don’t extend yourself too much.

Kleine Scheidegg and the North Face of Eiger, courtesy of Swiss tourism


Who Are You Travelling With?

A key question to ask for every tour you consider is ‘who runs the tour?’ You want the peace of mind that comes from knowing your itinerary and bookings are in the hands of experienced and knowledgeable tour managers and guides. In order to narrow down your search for the perfect tour, it’s a great idea to start by choosing a fantastic tour operator.

Tour Guide in Venice - Courtesy Natalie Pedler


What’s Your Budget? (And What’s Included in the Tour?)

The amount you can afford for your holiday will obviously play a part in deciding which tour you’ll join. This is certainly a factor to give high priority to.

However, a savvy holiday planner should look beyond the price tag. Before booking any tour, you should research its details to find out what’s included. Will your dinners be covered for the whole tour or will you be paying for meals every day? Will you need to buy your own admissions to the famous landmarks and attractions, or will your tour guide prearrange early entry for your group? Details like these can make a tour that seems more expensive at first glance a lot more valuable – and much more enjoyable – than a cheap non-inclusive option.

Dordogne River at Domme, courtesy of Jane Woodcock

If you’re struggling to choose between a couple of great-looking tours, our travel experts can help you decide. Get in touch today and you’ll be enjoying the getaway of a lifetime in no time!