I have to admit, travelling with a guided tour group doesn’t sound like my style of travel at all. This was before I embarked on my first trip with a guided tour group around Australia’s gold coast, and this one trip changed my opinion on guided tours completely.
Travelling with A guided tour group such as Busabout Asia who have just launched new routes around South East Asia, have many advantages and heres why you should consider going on one:
1. Guided tour groups can be perfect for Solo travellers
Travelling solo can be a great way to travel and help to follow a personal route towards self discovery that no other form of travel can offer. It can also be intimidating when first starting out to get into the grove of travelling solo, it’s not easy to break into, but over time it will naturally come.
Travelling in a guided tour group can be a great way to ease into travelling solo, your still be travelling on your own terms, but first starting out with a group to break into it can be a great move. Once you’ve finished your tour you can easily go off and do your own thing, this completely wipes out those first solos travelling blues and breaks you into the idea of solo travel gradually.
2. Ideal for first time travellers wanting to ease into travel
If you have never travelled before jumping straight into the deep end can be extremely scary, knowing you will be a part of a guided tour group for your first week will help you ease into travel in a controlled, safe environment. There is no need to be superman/woman starting out, its ok to learn the ropes with some other travellers then by the end of the tour you are ready to rock and roll, making a guided tour the perfect way to start off your travels with a positive note.
3. Instant way to make new friends on your travels
The great thing about guided tour groups is your be introduced to a whole group of people looking forward to meeting you, your instantly form friendships and this can be a great way to make friends on your travels, everyone is in the same boat and you often find that at the end of the tour, other travellers might be heading in your onwards direction and you can tag along together.
4. Have a tour guide give you the local inside information
You can learn a lot from your tour guide on your guided group tour, especially if you’re interested in history or culture, having a local guided giving you the local scope of the situation is far more personal than reading it directly out of a lonely planet guide. You can ask lots of questions have an insider give you the low down and learn a lot from the trip, its personal and special hearing it from a local guide. I’m a bit of a knowledge buff and it’s always fun to have a local guide tell you endless fun stories around a few drinks or during a long bus ride to kill some time, added bonus of going with a guided tour group.
5. Have your travel deals sorted out for you in advance and save big
Travelling with a guided tour group can save you big time on premium accommodation options. Busabout Asia can broker great hotel deals for you as you’re travelling in a large group which is of interested to large hotels wanting to fill up rooms.
This normally means you can get more of a premium hotel room for the same price as a standard hotel room. this means the hotels your be staying in are more up market compared to what you could normally get on your own for the same price, it pays off travelling in a large group, it has its advantages.
6. Great for lazy people who want someone else to organize everything
Guided tours Don’t have to take away your freedom, Busabout Asia, for example, does give a structured program that you can follow but you can simply go off and do what you want when you want, your hotel and transport is covered, everything else in between is up to you, if you fancy visiting a temple or waterfall you can, if you want to kick back and rest the freedom is up to you. This is a great lazy way to spend your holiday knowing everything is planned but you can go with the flow, easy!
Thank you for reading this blog post about the advantages of taking a guided tour around South East Asia with Busabout Asia. If you have any questions about the tours Busabout Asia offer or general South East Asia travel advice, I’m happy to help, simply leave a comment in the comment section below, thank you and happy travels around South East Asia!