Tips for Choosing the Right Tour Company

These simple steps will help you pick the right tour company in the right destination :

1) Rely on Research

Finding reliable tour companies in your chosen destination is the first step of research. Check reviews on travel forums and websites like TripAdvisor or get advice from friends and colleagues. Visit the company’s social media pages to learn more from previous travellers’ reviews. Make sure you you are thorough and satisfied with your research.

2) List your Travel Goals

Have a clear idea of what you want your trip to be, be it adventurous, official, or leisurely. Then make a list of places you wish to see and activities or experiences you want to undertake. Also, make sure to align your preferred activities, transportation, and schedule, making sure it all times out nicely.

3) Track Interactions

The key to trusting a provider is keeping tabs on how responsive they are. Also, keeping your interaction alive with the company via email or phone is a great way to establish a rapport with them. Cross the unresponsive ones from your list, because if they are not listening to you now, then chances are they will not be reliable if you are stuck somewhere or need something during the trip.

4)  Don’t be Greedy for More

If you are planning to travel to 5 european countries in 6 days, then it is apparent that you won’t be able to see much of each of your destinations. Don’t try to fit too many places into your itinerary. Do you want a 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there kind of experience that leaves you exhausted, or do you want an in-depth, quality experience that allows you to explore a place with ease?

5) Check for Safety

Make sure the company is a certified company that adheres to safety measures. If it is a reputable company, then chances are it will have proper safety measures in place and will offer a low-risk travel package.

6) Calculate Costs

Be certain of what all the costs are and shop around to compare rates and services before committing to them. Also check the costs of things that are not included in the tour, like prices of activities or transportation from one place to another. Find out how many meals and stays are covered in the tour price. The company should also be able to provide you a rough estimate of additional expenses which are not included in the tour.

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Keeping Things Clean While Travelling

Keep your shoes shiny

If you can’t get your hands on a traveling shoe shine kit or don’t want to carry one around, pick up a few packets of white vinegar (your hotel restaurant may even have vinegar you can use) and use that to clean, condition and shine your leather shoes.  Rub the vinegar in with a washcloth from your hotel washroom.

Packing shoes

To keep dirty shoes from mucking up your clothing, wrap shoes in a plastic shopping bag and lay flat on top of clothing, or use a shower cap to store the shoes in and then lay flat on top of your clothing.

Packing toiletries

I place all of mine in zippered plastic bags.  That way, in case something explodes or breaks, it’s all contained.  I’d rather that than a fancy traveling cosmetics and toiletries bag getting gross in transit.  I pack a few extra bags in the event there is an ‘explosion’.  This one is pretty obvious but it works so well and is worth mentioning.

Mini laundry detergent packets

If you want to pack light but have a few days of travel planned, consider picking up a few packets of laundry detergent.  I found a Tide 3 pack suited for sinks at Walmart in their travel toiletries bins.  It was very inexpensive and a great idea, since there’s always a reason something needs to be laundered while traveling.

On that note, I want to take a moment and recognize hotel bar soap.  Hotel bar soap is miraculous stuff.  Recently, my niece got a huge oil spill on her favourite pair of pants while we were away on a girls weekend.  I told her the pants were goners, but my sister-in-law disagreed and touted the awesomeness of hotel bar soap.  It got every lick of oil off those pants, I’d never seen anything like it before.  They took that bar of soap home.  Don’t underestimate the powers of hotel bar soap.

Stain remover pen

Yes it’s nerdy, but if you travel around with one of these, you’ll be able to catch, remove pre-treat stains that you may not be able to tackle for a while.  They are worth it.  Stick it in your purse, you’ll be glad you were able to catch that ketchup or red wine stain when you did.

Alcohol wipes

I prefer these to Wet Wipes, because they contain a disinfectant, don’t smell like fake lemon and I can use one of these before eating on a plane or eating at a food cart while out and about.  I also find them easier to carry around than a small bottle of hand sanitizer and believe it or not, I’d rather smell rubbing alcohol than hand sanitizer.  They were super cheap too. I found them in the first aid section at Walmart.

These can also be used if you encounter something you don’t like in your hotel room, i.e. a dirty remote control.  They are great for quick, disposable cleaning wipes.

Dryer sheets

Place a dryer sheet somewhere in your suitcase (i.e. a mesh zippered pouch) and your clothing will smell nice throughout your travels.  If you are combining shoes and clean clothes, you’re bound to have some smell activities going on that are unpleasant.

As well, if you are going somewhere which has a mosquito or bee issue, keep a sheet in your back pocket.  The bugs can’t stand the smell and it will keep them away!

Dirty laundry

I use the hotel’s laundry bag (you know, the one they give you to place your laundry in for them to wash for only $20 per load or something like that) and store my dirty items in there.  That way, at the end of the trip I can easily drop that bag into my laundry sorter when I arrive home.  It makes unpacking easier.

Baby powder

If you are heading to a beachy locale, consider packing a small container of baby powder along with you.  When you are done at the beach, sprinkle it all over your body and your beach gear, stand on a non-sandy area and shake all of the sand off.  The talcum powder dries your skin and instantly separates the sand from your body and your gear.  That way, you won’t be dragging sand as a souvenir home with you!

Drinking Straws

Simple and easy!  Take a drinking stray and feel your necklace chain through it.  That way, your necklaces won’t become tangled during your travels.

I hope that makes for an easier, cleaner traveling experience for you!