It is important to do research before booking a tour and often the best inside information about a specific tour comes from the opinions of recent travelers who have already taken the tour you are considering. Be careful when reviewing though, because some travelers have extremely high standards, while some can have extremely low standards. We have compiled a list of questions to think about while researching a tour company and their reputation:
1. How many reviews are written about a particular tour company? This is can be an indicator of how popular a tour company is regardless of its positive or negative rating. Topdeck Travel has the most reviews of any tour vendor on TravAddict.com.
2. What was said about the tour leader? The tour leader can absolutely make or break your tour in many cases. Important traits of tour guides include their energy, willingness to accoommodate, and organization. For example check out the "Cheap and Fun" review on our Shamrocker reviews page.
3. Where is the trip visiting? Trips that are off the beaten track can sometimes be intimidating to inexperienced travelers. Make sure you would feel comfortable wherever you are going before even considering what a reviewer has to say. Check out the review of "A Once in a Lifetime Experience" in the G Adventures reviews page
4. What is the age group and atmosphere of the trip? Tour companies allow for various ranges of ages for their trips. However, some companies generally can cater to a younger party like atmosphere, whereas other companies can focus on a totally unique experience. For example, check out the "Free time to spend with the locals" review on the Intrepid Travel reviews page
5. Is the person traveling alone or with a group? If you are traveling alone, make sure you find other reviewers who have done so. Couples and groups of friends may stick to themselves on their trips, but try to see if the tour attempts to integrate solo travelers into the group. Check out the "I Highly Recommend it" Review on the Geckos Adventures reviews page
TravAddict encourages travelers to do as much research as possible to come regularly visit TravAddict to see our latest tour reviews before you make your final decision on the trip of a lifetime!