Today tours are not bad experience. Tour groups are friendly and take care of all travel styles and advice you to use tour guides and local transportation. They might not be good to everyone but they have changed a lot. However, some places are accessible without the tour groups and some are not. Make sure you choose the best tour group if you need one.
Below are 8 things to consider when choosing a tour company. The tips will help you to get a tour group that is eco-friendly, inexpensive, gives back to a local community and provides local guides.
1. The cost
With tour firms, sometimes you will never get what you paid for. Many of them overcharge you while some are good at helping you save money. Before choosing a tour company it is advisable to ask where the cash will go and how it will used to ensure you are getting the best according to the value of your money. Remember to ask them if there are extra charges when you arrive. Many tour firms do not include attraction or pack entrances fee.
2. Find the right audience
Research the company you want. Is the tour meant for young people? Old couple? Or Families?. There are tour groups for anybody, so make sure you select the right company. That way you will not end up in noisy company if you wanted a quite holiday. Most groups have the target demographics displayed on their page. Go through the page to see the photos and who goes there. You can also ask on message board forums, Facebook or Twitter about the groups to have information on who visit the company.
3. Get local guides
Good tour guides make and break the group. They explain everything to you hence keeping the flow of trip going. Never choose a tour company where the tour guides are kids or nonexperts.
Ensure the group uses appropriate local guides. The guides should be local, resident, communicate the local language, knowledgeable on live- saving techniques and have travel experience.
4. Safety record
The best group should follow the recommended safety requirements and it should be approved by local government and any other trade companies.
5. Balanced schedule
Get the company’s schedule to have an idea of all the activities done and select a balanced tour. Remember you are paying for them to keep you occupied during the day. So you should know how they do it. They should not have many activities that you will end up being alone.
6. Environmental impact
Today there is up-coming routine among travelers known as ecotourism. It is about good responsible traveler, towards the environments and locals in the area. This means they are using hotels and services, local guides and ensures to reduce waste. The companies offer the best interactive tours. Select a group that gives you the needed services and that ensures people get what they want.
7. Group size
Large groups have higher environmental impact. They need bigger ships, large buses and more resources. Smaller groups mind about the environment as well as the impact they leave. However, it is easy to interact with group of 12 people than group of 60 people. You should know what you want so that you won’t end up in small group and you wanted large group.
8. Check their reputation
You should read the company’s “About” page to see the comments of other and how the enjoyed their time. Remember, it might not be what you see or read, dig out the truth before booking. However, the expensive or biggest tour groups do not always offer the best. Sometimes even the smaller companies are good.