Which travel trend is making a comeback?
Holidays are supposed to help us relax and unwind, but in recent years the holiday planning process has become stressful and overwhelming.
Northern Ireland has seen a rise in DIY travel (organising your own flights, accommodation and tours separately online). While the age of DIY travel has opened up new destinations all over the world like never before, the detailed research needed can often be painstaking. The sheer volume of destinations, accommodation choices and booking websites available can actually make the holiday planning process more complicated than it needs to be.
It takes a huge amount of time and effort to plan a holiday – starting with choosing the most convenient flights and transfers, you then have to think about accommodation, car hire, tours and much more. With DIY travel, there’s also always the risk of something going wrong, from flight cancellations, missing your transfers, staying in terrible accommodation or even just getting lost.
So how do you make life easier for yourself, take away all the hard work and stress and still ensure you have an amazing holiday experience? Well, it might be time to rethink the benefits of a guided holiday.
Guided Holidays –The Time is Now
Guided holidays are making a comeback, particularly for long-haul trips where you are dealing with an unfamiliar destination, foreign language and unknown culture. Destinations such as India, China and South Africa, for example, are often on our bucket lists but due to the difficulty of planning these holidays, they never become a reality.
There’s nothing better than booking a guided holiday with one phone call or click of a button, sitting back and relaxing, knowing that everything is organised for you. Guided holidays are tried and tested, so you know that you are getting the best travel experience possible, including flights, transfers, hand-picked accommodation and guided tours to the top tourist highlights. You can also take comfort in the fact that guided tours are secure and protected. If something goes wrong, you will have a local guide to assist you and a company on the other end of the phone to help. The key is to book through a trusted company that has experience in your destination of choice.
“A guided trip is the only way to travel to countries such as India…..it makes it possible to travel with ease”. Maelisa travelled to India.
“I could certainly see the benefits…..no more searching the Internet beforehand for trips or researching flights. All the interesting trips planned were enhanced by the knowledgeable guides.” Jean travelled to Lake Como.
Go with the Guides
An experienced guide can offer extra comfort for the entire experience. Why start from scratch in sourcing local information when you can go on a guided tour and soak up all the knowledge of a local guide, ensuring that you have an authentic experience? The quality and passion of a great local guide is second to none when it comes to a well-organised guided tour, helping you to get under the skin of your destination of choice. Guides can also offer a safer experience than going it alone, particularly on long-haul trips if you’re reluctant to be a camera-toting tourist in an unfamiliar location. Most guided holidays also include some free time for leisure, which offers you the best of both worlds! It’s even better given the fact that you always have an expert guide on hand with suggestions for what to see and do in your leisure time.
“Our tour guide informed us on the culture and history of the country to a very high standard… he was top class and added to the holiday experience.” Margaret travelled to India.
“Our guide’s unstinting effort to educate us and their commitment to looking after us made the tour outstanding.” Barbara travelled to Russia.
Guided Trips Have Evolved
No matter what type of holiday experience you are looking for, you don’t need to start applying filters as you search the entire Internet looking for your personalised experience. Guided holidays are not just limited to long-haul travel, so whether you favour a city break or a European escape, there are tours that will combine your tastes with a guided option. Again, the richest of holiday experiences can often be because of the talents of expert local guides who bring the subjects that you are passionate about to life.
“It was an excellent way to explore so many different areas in a short period of time, we would never have managed it on our own.” Martin travelled to Australia & New Zealand.
It’s All About the People
It’s often the people you meet that are the highlight of the entire trip and you’ll have great memories of the shared experiences you had together. The beauty of a guided tour is that you travel with a group of similar people so whether you’re flying solo or just bored with your travel companions, you’ll have someone to turn to. Not to mention the added bonus of being accompanied by a local guide who will introduce you to their country and bring you behind the scenes, ensuring you have the most authentic experience possible.
“It was great to chat to fellow travellers and share stories of other destinations, my wish list is getting longer!” Esther travelled to Tenerife.
“We met a lovely group of people and will have great memories of a wonderful trip together.” Mary travelled to Canada.
So, if you would like to avoid the stress and outsource your holiday planning to the experts, then why not consider a guided holiday? It’s so much easier and more practical to sit back and relax on a guided tour, handing over all your responsibilities where they belong – at the departure gate!
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These holidays are truly great value and are competitively priced. To learn more about planning your next trip to over 100 destinations worldwide, please visit: www.bt.traveldepartment.co.uk