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Bus touring!

  • Your wish list is long but your budget is limited.
  • Your wish list and budget are unlimited but you have a short period of time.
  • You have all the time in the world, a long wish list, and no direction....
 
These 'issues' affect many travelers today. Trying to fit the most bucket list items in a limited space or budget. How can you pull it all off?
 
The Bus Tour!!
 
That's right - the standard bus tour of 100 people cattle prodded onto an aluminum tube without a working bathroom or proper ventilation - those days are long over. Bus tours now-a-days can offer you the best variety of sights and the best bang for your buck; in comfort, style and even luxury!
 
What are the overall advantages of bus tours?

Driving in another country can be nerve racking at best. However on a  bus tour, you do not have to worry about finding your own way or beating the local rush hour traffic. Rather, you can just sit back and relax and let the experienced bus driver take control for you. And the local tour guides can tell you more about the places of interest where you will be visiting, as well as providing insider tips to help you manage your free time when you are not on the bus. Local tour guides have a wealth of information that you can draw from and time spent on a bus is a good opportunity to tap into that knowledge.

Bus touring is also a great starting point for future, independent travel - you can spend some tour time gathering information for a second excursion. You will have the time to find out about public transport; local restaurants and cafés to visit and take a moment to compile a wish list of places to visit and things to see and do on your next trip or; if you're looking for a place to head back to after your bus tour is over. Bus tours are a good way to get your bearings in a new country and find out the 'ropes' so to speak; many travelers begin an independent excursion with a few days on a bus tour as pre-travel.

Bus tour passengers also usually don't have to wait in line to see the sights. Many of the tourist spots give bus passengers priority when it comes to entry at places such as museums and theatres. Larger groups bring larger sums therefore are considered priority.

Many travellers want to see as much of a country as possible and find it very cost-effective to take an organized bus tour. Such tours take a lot of the planning and organization out of your hands, leaving you with ample opportunity to relax and enjoy the experience and the surroundings of the country your visiting.

The advantage to pay one ticket price and not be charged with additional costs for fuel, insurance or cleaning is also appealing. With a bus tour, you know what you are going to get and, with most professional and credible bus tour operators, you can feel confident that you will have a great experience.
 
So how do you know which bus tour company to choose? There are a variety of bus touring options for each country and the options range from budget to luxury. This is where visiting a professional Travel Consultant comes into importance. Visit your local Travel Consultant to find out what suits your needs, time and budget the best, and start crossing off the countries on that 'Must See' wish list!



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About the Author

Laura has been a successful Certified Travel Counsellor since February 1999. She has worked in both Corporate and Vacation travel departments and has extensive experience as an avid traveller. She currently works as a Senior Consultant at one of the Okanagan's most popular agencies.

To reach her for inquiries you can email: [email protected]

 

"If you look like your passport photo - you probably need the vacation!"

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Laura-Beth Konschuh-Penney






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