Taking time out to travel? How not to be terrified
28th August 2014
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If you’re about to head off on your gap year, the thought of having to sort out your own itinerary and travel plans whilst in a country you know nothing about might feel more than a little bit daunting. If you want to avoid the hassle of having to plan every minute of your trip yourself via a language you can’t speak and a currency that you can’t pronounce, booking yourself onto a group tour where you’ll meet a few other solo travellers is probably a good place to start. There are lots of benefits to going on an organised tour, and one of them is that you’re likely to have a Tour Manager who can organise the things that you won’t necessarily know how to deal with – from how to get from the bus to the beach to how to find the best hidden cocktail bar in a brand new city. Earlier this year The National Student spent some time touring Croatia, a country that we’d never visited before, with our friends at Contiki Holidays, the experts in adventure holiday planning for the travel-thirsty amongst you. Aside from acting as the social buffer between 20+ people who had never met each other, our Tour Manager provided us with a wealth of other benefits, from helping us find the boat on day one to acquiring t-shirts printed with a group fancy dress photo later on. Here are a few reasons why booking onto an organised tour with an experienced Tour Guide can make your travels so much better... The safety and security offered by having an expert on the local area around all the time is extremely reassuring, not only for your own peace of mind but also for that of your parents, who are possibly sat at home refreshing your Facebook page in a fruitless quest for updates and imagining all the disastrous situations that you could have got yourself into 3,000 miles across the sea.
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