Are you the type of traveler who enjoys laboriously researching about your destination, meticulously planning your itinerary, and fussing about every aspect of your trip? Or are you the type who prefers a more laid back approach, relaxed and unburdened? If you’re the latter and you think travelling should be stress-free, then hiring a travel and tours agency is the best option for you.
Leave the planning, preparation, and basically all the worries to professionals who have been trained on how to prepared a cost-effective but extremely fun travel itinerary. Multi-city Asian tour? Dubai City tour? European getaway? Name it, they have it. But apart from taking away all the stresses of travel preps, do you the other benefits you can get from getting tour packages? Well, you will find out below!
- Reduced airfares.
Travel companies are considered airline partners. They get first dibs on promotional airfares or they get huge booking discounts. All registered travel agencies get special logins in airlines’ websites and this allows them to take advantage of cheaper airfares even during peak seasons or rush bookings.
- Lots of freebies.
Because tour companies know a lot of providers, they get special freebies thrown in when you avail of their services which in turn are being handed down to the tour participants. Example is guests can get free henna tattoo from a cultural show group that performs after the early morning desert safari in Dubai. Henna tattooing cost ranges from $10 to about $100 depending on the design so getting it for free is quite nice, isn’t it? There’s also a lot of food and drink freebies such as free fresh fruits or free shots at particular bars.
- Cheaper hotel accommodation rates (and overall travel costs).
Much like the airfare discounts, travel companies also get cheaper hotel rates all year round. If you book nice hotels on your DIY travel planning, you may end up paying several hundred bucks more versus package tour rates. This also applies to boat rentals, water or land activities like parasailing, off-roading, etc.
- Knowledgeable tour guides.
Instead of aimlessly and mindlessly strolling around parks, museums, or the entire city of your destination, why not let experienced and knowledgeable people guide your around, right? Tour guides not only have the passion for tourism, most of them are also certified and have undergone trainings and exams before they can work. They may also know secrets and tips that Wikipedia can’t share to you.
- Safety and security.
Lastly, one of the most important aspects of travelling is safety. This can be assured if you hire legitimate and reliable tour agencies. No need to commute on a country you have just been to for the first time. With tour packages, you get tour vans or coasters or specially hired vehicles and local drivers who know the ins and outs of the place.
Of course there are drawbacks too. Example is some tour packages have a compulsory group tour which makes it quite difficult for you or your group to enjoy wandering about (in case you wanted to stay a bit longer on a specific area or venture to other paths). But that is the price to pay for joining group tours. Although, this can be solved by opting to have a special package for your group alone and not joining a bigger group.