Guided Tours and Why They Make Better Choices


By Jovia D'Souza


Tours are always very exciting and there are so many to choose from. Whereas a number of people might feel that tours without guides are more adventurous since they get to explore the destination or area of their choice, guided tours can be better choices for a number of reasons. Guided tours are basically tours that you get to have a guide to take you through the entire process and give you details of the areas that you are visiting. Here are some of the reasons why they make better choices.

1. They are organized Nothing can be more time wasting than random tours that have no particular destination because they could mean going back and forth to exhaust everything that the tour destination has to offer. Guided tours save you from such time wasting because they are planned and organized in terms of moving from one attraction to another. The tours are done in such a way that you get to the right place at the right time keeping disappointments at bay. They also save you the time you would have otherwise used for planning your own tour and ensuring that you keep up with the proper timings.

Still under organization, you do not have to worry about transportation from one place to the other. The tour packages come complete with transport hence all you have to do is pay and enjoy the ride to your favorite spots.

2. They are comfortable and safe If it is your first time visiting a location, then you ought to be very careful about your safety. The guided tours offer you nothing short of thus keeping those nervous, unsure moments at bay. You will not only be comfortable not worrying about the local language, but you will also feel safer because you are not likely to get lost or find yourself in areas that can be dangerous. The guides know which areas are safe and therefore you remain comfortable and with a sense of safety whether you are taking day tours or night tours.

3. They are informative This is in the sense that guides will always have the inside information about all areas that you get to visit. They will tell you stories and legends behind landmarks and monuments and other tourist attractions that you get to visit adding more depth to the tour experience that you get. The fact is that most attractions have interesting stories behind them and it would be hard to get such information researching on your one. The guided tours also offer you the chance to unveil gems that are hidden within the city. This is because the guides know the areas very well and they will take you to spots you would have never thought existed when touring alone. You will be surprised by just how much a location can hold making your tour worthwhile and rewarding in every sense with the assistance of a knowledgeable local guide.

Whether you are interested in a day tour or a custom tour to highlight all your favorite spots, a guided tour can prove to be better in terms of giving you information you would not have otherwise gotten.



Tips to Choose Travel Destinations


By Amy Anderson Lee


A holiday refreshes your mind and also loads you with memories that would help you to carry on with your job. The resultant effect of holiday on your mind, is in direct proportion to the pleasant experiences you undergo during your holiday.


The happiness of a person depends on what his heart feels rather than what his eye sees, while selecting a travel destination; give a thought to what you like to do and how perfectly the destination matches your requirements. There are places which are frequented by people for their inherent or exhibited natural or cultural value, spiritual sanctity, historical significance, natural and built beauty and those offering leisure, adventure and amusement.


Once you shortlist your destinations, you need to decide when you are going on a holiday and check out for the availability of tickets and the early bird offers available. If the destination of your choice is International you need to find the formalities regarding the visa for the destination. Some countries provide visa at the point of entry while others require applications for visas prior to the date of travel and there is also a time frame for its validity. BUDGET From the places you have shortlisted and obtained information regarding tickets and visas, group the ones that is within your budget, that is little more than you expect to spend, but could be managed and those way beyond your budget. Categorizing the destinations as must see and like to see, will give you an idea.


Check, if the destination you have chosen, the climate or season prevailing at the time of your visit and the activities you will be doing there are in line with your health condition. An asthma patient cannot dream of an early morning walk in a hill station. It would be wise to check with the center for disease website CDC to see, if there is any epidemic in the destination you wish to go and take necessary vaccines, which may be a single dose or 2-3 doses spread over a few months.


The destination tends to vary depending on the length of stay. An ideal holiday would be one with moderate level of travelling and activity and enough time to rest. If you pack in too much of activity and places to visit in a short holiday, it creates stress.


If you plan to travel with your family, ensure that there are places of interest for your children in the chosen destination. Choosing an ideal tourist destination and proper planning helps to avoid stress and gives you an idea of what you can expect at the chosen destination. Conversely, you might also enjoy a fabulous holiday without such meticulous planning. Either way, if the place of your choice helps you to tide over the stress you have undergone and unwind, that is bliss!