Choosing a trip that includes a travel guide could save you time, stress, and money – the best vacation you’ll ever have!
While exciting, planning your dream adventure can be overwhelming. Vacation planning, particularly when there’s excursions, activities, and adventures to be had, is often a time-consuming and stressful undertaking. You want to make sure you’ve crossed all your Ts and dotted the Is to ensure that your travel is safe and secure, doesn’t go over budget, and is, most of all, fun.
To help you get the most out of your travels and your budget, plan your next vacation with a travel guide, or a guided tour company. Let experienced professionals manage all the moving parts! You get to enjoy all the wonder and joy of travel without the headache of planning – issues of safety, navigating language barriers, and all the other variables of travelling abroad.
But, before you start envisioning your typical tour guide barking out boring facts from the front of a crowded bus full of sweaty tourists, there are alternatives – like Bio Bio Expeditions – offering authentic, experiential guided trips to all corners of the globe.
Even experienced travellers who prefer independent exploration as they travel find that guided trips, especially when you have a short amount of time and don’t know your way around, can be the best way to really maximize and enjoy your time in any given destination.
There’s no right or wrong way to travel to and in a new region of the world, but your travel success and enjoyment depend on a few factors:
- Your budget
- The amount of time you have
- What you want to see and do
A quality guided tour company can work with all of the above.
The best travel guides will offer locations and itineraries that have been tried and tested to provide you with the best experience possible. Any tour company worth their salt will have spent years cultivating partner relationships in all of their offered destinations to help provide you with an unforgettable adventure you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
A travel guide can show you the way
When you travel solo, it’s entirely your responsibility to find accommodation, get there, find food and drink, find the highlights and sightseeing, and make sure you get the best from your destination.
On a guided tour, your expert guide takes on the responsibility of where you’re going, how you’ll get there, and share all the wonderful facts and details about everything you’ll see along the way – one of the highlights about travelling with a quality travel guide.
When you travel alone, in a country where you don’t speak the language, there’s no one to ask the deluge of questions you might have. On a tour, no matter how silly your enquiry, your helpful guide is there to assist.
Access to sights and experiences you might not enjoy otherwise
When travelling with a travel guide, you often enjoy access to things you wouldn’t be able to see otherwise.
For instance, travel with Bio Bio and, under the expert leadership of your Patagonia travel guide, you will experience an amazing and authentic Futaleufu River Rafting Adventure where you will fully live the beauty, culture and magic of Patagonia. You’ll also get to explore Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia or hike Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina or join us for Flyfishing in Chile.
Insider knowledge about the culture and surroundings
One of the first and most important benefits of hiring an experienced travel guide is the opportunity to learn about the culture from someone on the inside.
When your travel guides have extensive knowledge of the areas where the travel company offers excursions they’ll be more than happy to share their cultural, wildlife, geologic, and environmental insights with you.
When it comes to the culture, your tour company will provide the staff with the most experience with the region you’re visiting, in many cases, this will include locals from the region. They’ll be able to explain the local culture – who the people are, their history, and their practices – from an insider perspective. They will also make sure you, as a foreigner in a new place, don’t feel so out of place.
Tried and tested best of a destination
No matter the travel company you choose, they’ll have utilised years of tried and tested research and experience to put together the best itinerary.
Good tour companies hire locals, or professionals who have logged significant time and local knowledge that can give you the best insider information available. As a result, they’ll be able to provide you with the best experiences, from food to lodging to excursions and adventures such as our incredible Peru guided tours which are the culmination of over 20 years of frequent river rafting and trekking. Peru is a “home away from home” for us and our hiking tours and excursions in Peru under the superb leadership of our Machu Pichu guide ensure that we’re able to share some of Peru’s best kept secrets and treasures with you.
You can trust a good tour company to show you the VERY BEST of a destination.
Knowledgable problem solving and increased security
In some places of the world, the bureaucracy and red tape make it difficult for a foreigner to get anywhere; in other places, it’s simply not safe to travel alone. For many travellers – and especially solo travellers – the value of having a local expert show them around and negotiate with the locals is priceless.
Of course, the added security of 1. knowing where you’re going, and 2. having a knowledgable, experienced individual with you when you explore means added security. No one plans to get robbed or kidnapped, but it’s much less likely with a local guide at your side.