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6 Things You Need To Know About Adventure Tours

Adventure tours rock my world – almost as much as Passionfruit Mojitos (almost).

And, sometimes they get a bit of a bad rep. The majority of us who have experienced life as part of a tour group wouldn’t look back, but some – rather unfairly – dismiss the idea of adventure touring right off the bat.

Common misconceptions include; ‘they’re so expensive’ and ‘you don’t get time to do your own thing’, and that’s exactly what they are – misconceptions. Whether you’ve ever thought about taking an adventure tour or not, it’s important that you read the rest of this blog.

Adventure tours offer a whole host of ways to experience an authentic taste of culture

Below are 6, very good, reasons why I think adventure touring is the ultimate way to travel, including some opinions from our ever vocal Twitter community thrown in for good measure.

What Are The Benefits of Taking an Organised Tour

Everything’s Included

Taking a group tour doesn’t have to work out that much more expensive than doing it by yourself, and that’s the truth.

One of the key things to remember is that while the initial outlay of money might seem steep, it will cover an array of things including some activities, hotels, transport and the services of your local guide.

If you’re into testing yourself and prefer more challenging trips, joining an organised tour is often a much simpler way of arranging an adventure. Trekking is a great example of this. If the Inca Trail or a climb to Everest base camp is on your bucket list, booking yourself on to a group tour means you can prepare yourself for the challenge without having to make all the arrangements yourself. Simples.

Tours can be as challenging as you want (or don't want more to the point!)

You can’t not meet friends!

For me, this is the biggest advantage of joining an organised tour. There’s no better feeling than jumping on a plane, excited about what the next few weeks/months are going to bring, safe in the knowledge that at the other end there’s a ready made group of travel buddies all waiting to meet you.

You’ll be surprised how quickly you bond with your new tour buddies, I mean clearly you all have at least one thing in common; the fact you’re all on the same tour, signals a shared interest straight away!

More often than not, sharing incredible travel experiences with one group of people means you’ll gain friends for life.

You’ll still get an ‘authentic’ travel experience

Forget the old fashioned image of organised tours where a group of 40 people are following a leader waving a flag around a crowded tourist attraction, adventure touring now couldn’t be more different.

For a start, group sizes can vary dramatically. Depending on the type of trip you are looking for there are small group tours, which usually have a very mixed age group of between 10 and 16 people. And then there are large group tours, which are aimed to 18-35 year olds, and combine travel with a big old social gathering, so you’re guaranteed to make loads of friends.

Secondly, we realise that the fact that you are in a group doesn’t mean that you want any less of an ‘authentic’ travel experience than the people who decide to go it alone. So you can sample the delights of the best of the local restaurants, cafes and street food stalls and be prepared to ditch the air conditioned mini bus to mix in with the locals aboard the local rickshaws, buses and trains – very authentic indeed.

Get all the inside info about where the best places are to eat from your tour guide

You’ll get your own space to explore

Yes, you’ll meet new friends and yes, you’re going to enjoy spending time with them, but that doesn’t mean you are going to want to spend every waking minute with them.

One great thing about adventure touring is that while there are always options for group activities, there is also bags of time to do your own thing with no strict schedule.

So if the rest of the group are off visiting another temple and you’re feeling a bit ‘templed out’, then you can go to that market you’ve been dying to wander round or just take your laptop and sit slurping a beer in that internet café you’ve stumbled across. It’s totally up to you.

You will get off the tourist trail!

Thoughtfully planned itineraries make sure you get to see the best bits of the place you are visiting, and your local guide can either take you to, or recommend, ‘must see’ places, right in the thick of the local community, that you may not have known about if you were travelling on your own.

Your guide will be able to offer you a LOT of local knowledge. They will be able to tell you about customs, traditions and history as you travel around. There’s no better way to find out about a country than to hear about it straight from the mouth of a local.

The best touring buddies a girl could wish to meet. 

They’re great for nervous or first time travellers

You can learn a lot about what makes you tick as a traveller by joining a tour. Things you want to see more of, and discover things you never even realised you could do.

Also, if you’re nervous it gives you a great starting point to carry on by yourself after – easing you into the backpacking way of life.

My first ‘proper’ travelling experience was a 6 month round the world trip, and my first two stops; Nepal and India. Yikes. I was by myself and as anyone who’s ever been to India will tell you; it’s pretty hardcore.

I was going to be in the region for 5 weeks altogether and decided to book myself on to a tour 15 day tour called Kathmandu to Delhi Adventure to start me off and ease me in. And thank god I did!

Khushwant, the guide on the trip, warned me about train ticket scams, advised me on how much I should really be paying for rickshaws and helped me to plan how I would spend the rest of my time in India before I set off for Thailand, advising me about the things I should definitely see and what was the best way to get there.

My time in India was fast, furious and exhilarating and, I’m sure, I got much more from it thanks to the advice imparted on me from my tour guide before I set of on my own two feet.

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