There are many advantages to senior tours, including discounted package deals, well planned itineraries and the company of fellow adventurers. We’ll explore each of these in turn, making sure to examine the drawbacks of each, and then take a quick look at the world of options offered by senior tours.
Often a Great Deal
Because companies offering seniors tours are buying for groups, and may have special relationships with a service provider, they can often offer you a package price much lower than what you would pay if you were making the trip on your own. You may get better accommodations, discounted transportation, more museum visits, or better guided hikes, than you would if you were trying to do all the booking on your own. Tracking down and piecing together bargains can be an exhausting and time consuming task – with packaged seniors tours, you may not only get a better travel deal than you could on your own, but you’ll save yourself the headache of looking.
The drawback of a fixed menu package trip is that you may not like some things on the menu. Which brings us to our next topic.
The Benefits of Planned Itineraries
Independent travel can be exhausting and overwhelming – everything that comes easily at home can become an attention demanding, decision-making project on the road; where to sleep, what to eat, which transportation to use. Making those decisions all day, every day, in an unfamiliar landscape, maybe even in an unfamiliar language, can be daunting.
This is one of the big appeals of senior tours. With the itinerary already mapped out, you can relax and enjoy the exhilaration and discovery of exploring a new place, without all the hassle of constant decision making.
But make sure you choose the right itinerary. Is the pace right? How flexible are the arrangements? Can you opt out on some parts of a day’s activities without missing everything? Will you be able to meet your health or dietary restrictions?
Just because it’s a package deal doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. Make sure the decisions made about your trip are ones that you agree with. What kind of trip do you want?
Choosing the Right Itinerary
The most important question about your senior tour is – why this one? While it’s important to be open to new experiences, there’s no reason to go into them unprepared. Before signing up for a tour, spend some time brainstorming and researching. Seek out some travel advice from those who have already been on senior tours. A good, new adventure requires as much planning and passion as a good, new career move.
Make lists, lots of lists. What are you passionate about? What are your physical strengths and limitations? You may love art, but how many museums can you really enjoy in one day, or even one week? You may love walking, but an eight mile a day vineyard walking tour may be too much. Set realistic goals for your senior trip and you’ll be more likely to have a rewarding experience – and to meet fellow travelers whose company you’ll enjoy.