When you hear “guided vacations,” your mind almost undoubtedly goes straight to Europe. You already know this is a great way to discover faraway or unfamiliar places - all the details are taken care of, you have the guidance of an expert travel director and an amazing itinerary that combines iconic places with incredible experiences you didn’t even know existed. Doesn’t that sound like a great European vacation? But wait, doesn’t that sound like a great vacation anywhere? All the reasons you love guided vacations in Europe will ring true anywhere their travels take them, even when exploring close to home right here in the U.S.
1. Unique Experiences
It’s one thing to see a destination, but it’s quite another to experience it. In today’s travel culture, cookie-cutter experiences are a definite no-no as travelers seek authenticity and connection to the places they visit. Imagine a meet-and-greet in South Dakota with Stephen Yellowhawk, of the Lakota tribe, who performs and shares stories about his Native American traditions during a private gathering just for them. A genuine transformation takes place when you connect with Stephen as he shares his unique Native American heritage, There is no substitute for spending time, real time, with locals. This is the power of guided travel.
2. Unmistakable Value
As if there weren’t enough reasons to love guided vacations, the value for money might seal the deal. Because of All-Travel's buying power from having 30+ years in the industry, we get great deals from hotels and other vendors. It’s an incredible value, since most things are included, everything is taken care of and you don’t have to worry about nickel-and-diming. You can go about your travel knowing exactly what your vacation is going to cost.
3. Stress Free
When you book guided vacations can rest assured that you'll be taken care of every step of the way. Your All-Travel Advisor is why you can sit back and relax, because they are on the phone and talking to the hotels and restaurants and making sure everything is going well.. There’s no muss, no fuss, no waiting. They have all the connections. It’s a seamless vacation.
4. Lasting Friendships
The human factor is a key part of any vacation, and with a guided vacation, you are able to mingle and forge potentially long-lasting friendships. Travelers seek connection. One of the big benefits is the people you’re traveling with, from different walks of life and from around the United States and even around the world. The destinations are amazing, and when you tie that in with great conversation, great company and great people, you feel part of a community, and you feel comfortable and relaxed.
5. Exclusive Access
There are high-demand places throughout the U.S. and the national parks regularly top that list. One of the highlights of visiting these incredible places is staying inside the park grounds, but these coveted stays are incredibly difficult to book as an FIT traveler. "I can't tell you the number of times people have told me, 'I've tried to book a hotel inside the park, but it’s nearly impossible,’ ” says Kristin Jenn, a travel director with Trafalgar. “The parks come to life in the late and early hours between day visitors and Trafalgar guests are the few who get to witness these incredible places in this authentic way. Animals graze outside their windows as they relax at night, and in the morning, there is no long, complicated drive to get in - you’re there, and before everyone else.”