The two best reason to take a tour are:
1. Speed, you can compact a lot of sites into on two week trip, because the tour operator has pre-arranged transportation and hotels.
2. Education, this means you should interview the actual human, the actual guide before you purchase.
Here is a Tours Blog that will explain strategies for tours or touring a country, whether on your own, or having a taxi or tour guide you around.
January 16, 2015, up to 3 months on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Lake Atitlan has about a perfect climate because it is at 5000 feet elevation in the tropics.
Tourism Defined: Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for more than twenty-four (24) hours and not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited."
What services a guide or tour should provide?
Daily Plans Update: Whether at night or in the morning the guide should tell the group where, why, what and how we are doing things for the day.
Heat, Shelter, Food, Showers: Explain to the groups how these can be best attained for the group and their choices so anticipated problems can be solved or avoided.
What you need to bring?
Money Management: A tour guide should provide opportunities to collect cash from ATM’s or Exchange companies and tell them when the next or where they will be available.
Contacting the Guide: The guide should make it clean how they can be ed at all times and where they are sleeping in the event of an emergency.
Written Itinerary with Contact: There are tours and sub-contracted parts of the tours that may be handled by various companies. There should be a written Itinerary given by all guide on there leg of an trip so that all members of the tour are working off the same trip schedules.
Safety Explained: A tour company should provide information on dangers and solutions to anticipated problems.
(I am in Tibet presently writing this and half the group has a headache, and one German man is very sick. He did not go with us to the Monastery because of he severity. It could be because of altitude sickness, food or water, or possibly motion sickness because the road is terribly bumpy. The altitude sickness can be very dangerous.)
Regular Schedules: Same travel times, same dinner time, breakfast or updates so the group can anticipate
Ask is there any problems? So the group does not have to
Transportation or Transportation Information: Provide choice or alternative for the groups.
Communication: Provide information for people on how to use telephone, internet, or anyway of necessity communications or make aware when these will not be available.
Wake up calls
Check out the facilities such as Hotel, Car, Restaurant before we enter to be sure adequate and no problems.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BE THINKING ABOUT AND NOT THE THE ABOVE
History, facts, and culture of the area.What to buy, where to go, and laughing and comparing pictures of the trip.Calling home, writing and e-mail, or buying some postcards.
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