by Aazdak Alisimo
Many people have not had the pleasure of a vacation tour and are a bit confused as to just how vacation tours work, but taking care of confusion is what they are all about.
What is a vacation tour and how do vacation tours work? Well, there is no simple answer to this question because of the vast numbers of different vacation tours available. There are some general principles here that apply to all vacation tours. It is good to think of a vacation as having two totally separate elements. One is the purpose of the vacation. It is the fun and relaxation part. It could be educational or informative also, but this is the part that you are going to enjoy. The second element of a vacation is the details. This is all the hard stuff that must be done to enable the fun.
The idea of the vacation tour is to have someone else take care of the hard things so that you can concentrate on the fun things. That is the simple answer. Such things as lodging and transportation are necessary parts of a vacation trip, but they are not the purpose. The tour company assumes the responsibility for the details. They free up as much time as possible for the client so they can concentrate on the vacation itself.
There was a time when tour companies had a bit of a bad reputation. The idea of European tours that promised 10 countries in 3 days is an example. This joke was centered on the idea of a tour group being moved like luggage through a complex itinerary that allowed no time to stop and savor any of the experiences. The idea of the vacation tour is really just the opposite of this. It seeks to allow a maximum amount of time to savor the experiences.
So, when you are selecting a vacation tour, it is good to start at the idea of what you are hoping the vacation will provide and finding a tour that will enable it to happen. Although some vacation tours involve travel within the tour, there are also some that limit travel allowing time at the beach or golf links. The good tour will be taking care of such details as arranging transportation and making reservations for lodging and meals. The guide is an essential part of any vacation tour. His purpose is not to control you, but to lead you through any confusing hurdles to reach your own comfort zone.
So, when you evaluate a good vacation tour package, look at more than just cost. You should be looking for that attitude that the tour is designed to allow you to enjoy yourself free from as much mundane worry as possible. If the tour seems to be seeing you as a piece of luggage that needs to be moved from spot to spot, it might not be the best idea for a vacation tour. If, however, you get a sense that the tour company is offering to be your host and are planning to ease your way toward your vacation goal, you might be looking in the right place.
About the Author – Aazdak Alisimo writes about vacation tour companies for VacationTourCompanies.com