Solo adventures are exciting enough; have them tailor-made to your liking, and they can quickly become the stuff of dreams. While preset tours and excursions often seem like the easy way to go, try letting a travel agency, like Surtrek, design custom vacations just for you. You’ll not only get more for your money, but you’ll get to make you bucket list travels a reality.
Here are five reasons why custom vacations are the way to go when planning your next solo adventure:
The best thing about custom vacations is that you can choose exactly how you vacation. If you like flying on a certain airline, tell your travel agent! They can create an itinerary that includes that airline’s flight times, and even make sure you get your preferred cabin, seat and meals. Don’t like to fly? If you’re in driving or boating distance, they can arrange for that, too. No matter how you get to your destination, once you’re there, you’ll need a way to get around. Whether you’re working with a third-party travel agency or a Surtrek representative, your point of contact can coordinate all car rentals, campervan hires, chauffeurs and train rides, get you the best prices, and handle all related insurance paperwork so everything is ready once you arrive.
Another benefit of custom vacations is that, unlike a preset tour, you have complete control over where you stay! If you have a lot of Marriott points and want to use them, you can arrange for your itinerary to include staying in a Marriott hotel. If you want a true local experience, let your point of contact—like your Surtrek representative!—find a mom-and-pop hotel right in the middle of all the action. Want to experience both? If you’re city-hopping, you have the opportunity to mix it up. Remember: When your vacation is tailor-made to you, it can be anything you want it to be.
If you like cooking, let your vacation planner reserve a local cooking class! If you like being in the heart of Mother Nature, request a boat day, a mountain-climbing excursion, snowshoeing or a zipline canopy tour. If you’re traveling somewhere with an interesting history, hop on a history tour, and take an English-speaking guide with you to translate, if you need it. Custom vacations can be just that—custom.
There’s a reason travel agents and vacation planners are so good at what they do. Usually, they can get you deals that no one else can! In addition to finding you the best rates for flights, trains, hotels and excursions, travel agencies can usually get you free cabin upgrades, extra hotel amenities and even meals for free. While apps like Hopper and Skyscanner claim to get you good deals (and most times, they do!), vacation planners have access to flights that the general public can’t see.
While travel companies don’t need help planning your vacation, they encourage you to be as involved or not involved as you want to be. At Surtrek, for example, your travel planner will talk to you about where you want to go, what you most enjoy and your budget constraints, and create a trip just for you. In a day or two, they’ll present you with a custom itinerary, and ask you to review it. If you like it or trust them to pick everything for you, they’ll book it! If you want to make some changes, tell them what you like and don’t like, and they’ll go back to the drawing board. It’s how trips of dreams are made.