Traveling solo or independently offers anyone a different experience. But some places in the world are best explored through a guided tour. Kenya, for example, isn’t exactly a huge country, but it is home to plenty of national parks, national reserves and marine parks and reserves, all of which are scattered in different areas. Unless you know Kenya like the back of your hand, creating a convenient and time-saving tour would be impossible with a local’s input.
The question now is how do you choose the best guided tour?
Consider your travel style
Some tours are more laid-back than others. If you’re the adventurous kind, you’d prefer a trip that offers lots of action and a few body aches here and there. This means visiting a museum won’t appeal to your taste. So make sure to consider your idea of a great vacation.
Do your research
It’s so easy to like and love a particular trip, especially if it matches your preferences. But don’t sign up for it right away. Make sure to check how the trip is arranged. A tour that uses public transportation is very different from a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.
Look beyond the labels
A budget, backpacker and basic holiday tour aren’t always what they seem. Some of the inclusions may not be what you need, and you’re better off opting for a standard tour. Imagine touring Cambodia without seeing Siem Reap. How about exploring Egypt, but not the Valley of Kings? So don’t be misled by the label. Always check what the package includes and excludes. This way, you’ll get more value for your money.
Skip the extras
You can save more if you book your flight, airport transfer and accommodation separate from the tour. So, if it doesn’t take too much of your time and effort, book these requirements independently. However, if the price is reasonable enough, delegate to someone the stressful task of booking packaged tours.
Best guided tour photos by Ron Cogswell, McKay Savage, Carlo Columba and NeilsPhotography.