I recently went on my first ever organised tour with Travel Talk Tours to Egypt. Up until then I had always travelled independently and only done tours in places you really need to do one, which I had booked once I was in the destination, e.g Fraser Island in Australia, 4×4 trip in Bolivia, Amazon Rainforest tour in Ecuador.
This was the first time I had looked up a trips online, chose the trip I wanted to do by the itinerary, arrived in the country to be greeted by a representative from the company, spent the whole trip with the company and then left saying goodbye to them.
Therefore I wanted to share my experience in doing this organised tour because like with everything in life there were pro’s and con’s of travelling this way (just like there are pro’s and con’s of travelling independently) and I think the pro’s and con’s I experienced are likely to be general ones that everyone will experience and will need to consider before booking an organised trip so here goes:
Not being alone.
No time spent planning.
Having a tour guide.
Being able to budget easier.
Seeing a lot in a short amount of time.
Peace of mind on safety.
Someone to ask questions to.
More expensive than independent travel.
Not being able to plan.
No alone time.
Having a good group is key.
Being told what to do.
I hope these points help you decide whether an organised tour is right for you although I realise a lot of my points are pretty contradictory (e.g a reason I liked it was also a reason I didn’t like it so much).
Overall I really loved my organised tour through Egypt, I left on a total high wanting to go on another one and like travel in general I can see how they can get quite addictive!
I would 100% recommend considering taking a tour, whether you want a last-minute trip and don’t have time to plan (and you can get some great last-minute discounts!) or you’re worried about travelling alone or you’re quite time poor and need to fit a lot in in a short amount of time or maybe there’s a country you really want to go to but know it’s hard to travel solo in, like Egypt, or right now I also think this about Countries like Iceland, Morocco & India then organised tours are perfect for you!
*Have you had any experience with organised tours, good or bad? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter*
My Name's Ellie Quinn.
I'm a complete travel addict and have been since I took my first backpacking trip in 2010.
Since then I've visited 50+ Countries on various trips! I created this blog to share my travel tips to help you travel better!
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