Depending on who you talk to, people have conflicting views of whether to travel the world independently or on an escorted tour. Neither is right or wrong – it simply depends on the individual.
There are intrepid travellers keen to set out – life packed into their rucksack – taking it country by country on their own. Then there are those who believe holidays should be hassle-free, a time to unwind and appreciate the very best of what the world has to offer.
Of course, there are those who fancy a bit of both.
If you’re planning for your next escape, and can’t quite decide what your travel style is, here are six reasons why an escorted tour might be for you.
1. Make friends, minus the awkwardness
Perhaps you’re looking to travel without your partner or long-time friend on your next trip, and you’re wondering who you’re going to chat to. You’re not thrilled about the idea of talking your tour manager’s ear off and you don’t speak the local language either. The solution? Book a solo tour!
‘These offer the perfect opportunity for our guests to mix with people who share the same interests in destinations, sightseeing and activities, sharing inspirational moments and making lifelong memories,’ says Newmarket Holidays senior product manager Joanna Roberts.
Our recently launched range of solo tours will allow you to meet new people in an exciting yet laidback setting. You have the chance of hitting it off with someone who shares your travel interests. Newmarket Holidays travellers have formed life-long friendships on our escorted tours, even going on to plan further trips together. Doesn’t that sound lovely?
‘A friendly tour manager is always on hand to facilitate welcome gatherings, drinks and meals, so that you can mingle as much – or as little – as you wish,’ says Jo.
‘They will typically meet you at your overseas airport and accompany you to your hotel, be with you during excursions and at included meal times too.’
2. Enjoy the stress-free holiday you deserve
‘Joining an escorted tour takes the hassle out of planning, organising and booking all the elements of your perfect holiday. Let us take care of all the little details, then just turn up and enjoy your holiday,’ says Jo.
Rather than worrying about whether you’re fitting enough into your holiday, or stressing about the nitty-gritty details – hands up if you’ve ever fought with your partner over navigating while on holiday? – on our escorted tours you can simply relax and take in the sites. It’s the way a holiday should be.
3. Save your hard-earned money
Unless you’ve got a ferocious, unwavering ability to hunt down a bargain, or you’re willing to cut costs, chances are you’ll get more value from an escorted tour than you would travelling independently.
An all-inclusive tour means you’ll have accommodation, flights, transfers and additional transportation covered, as well as meals, attractions, and an informative tour manager to keep you safe and ensure you’re getting the best travel experience possible.
Also, you won’t be struck with hidden fees or unexpected costs during your trip, leaving you with more funds to spoil yourself, gift your friends and family with thoughtful souvenirs or to simply save for your next adventure.
4. Ensure your safety
‘We’ve been successfully organising holidays since 1983, so rest assured you’re in safe hands,’ says Jo.
The safety of travellers is integral to our company. We know there’s nothing quite like having peace of mind when journeying to a foreign destination, knowing you’re in experienced hands.
Aside from knowing the best spots for entertainment, culture and dining, our tour managers are well-versed in the practicalities of travel. We work with tour managers who are knowledgable in local culture, etiquette, laws, rules, environment and weather patterns.
5. Immerse yourself in new surrounds
When travelling independently, you have the option to take shorter tours like walking tours or hire audio guides, however, without a dedicated tour manager for the entire trip, you won’t be consistently receiving in-depth historical and cultural knowledge.
Newmarket Holidays works with top-notch tour managers, experienced guides who have been immersing themselves in destinations and building up local knowledge for years. So, be assured that your tour manager will provide an unforgettable holiday experience.
If you’re an inquisitive person, you’ll appreciate being able to ask your tour manager any question that should arise, or for local advice and recommendations for when you have free time.
Moroccan explorer‘Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’ Adventure is a sure-fire way to fill yourself with enriching stories to return home with.
6. Save precious time
Whether it’s waiting for a refreshing pint at a crowded pub, or queuing for a Friday night movie, standing in line can suck the fun out of many experiences. This is particularly true when it comes to waiting in line on holiday, as you’ve only got limited time to fit in all that you’ve been waiting to see and experience.
Travelling on an escorted tour often allows you to skip the line, meaning you can spend more time experiencing attractions rather than waiting for them.
*Bonus reason: Our tour managers take killer photos*
This is a bit of a cheeky tip, but here goes. If you’re travelling on your own and you don’t like doing the awkward: ‘Hello! Would you mind taking a photo of me?’ to a total stranger, travelling on an escorted tour means there will always be a friendly tour manager to capture that perfect travel shot for you. Or, you know, you can snap a selfie.