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.

Article Credits : https://blog.bambatravel.com

Top 12 hotel safety tips travelers should never ignore

These days, travel is no Sunday picnic and when you finally stumble into the lobby of your hotel, you may be tired, dirty, and in a hurry to get cleaned up, get some sleep, or get to the first item on your agenda.

Unfortunately, this is no time to let your guard down. If you’re traveling on business, you’re probably traveling alone and these tips are even more important to follow.

The following are the top hotel safety tips culled from the experts.

Upon arrival

1. Stay with your luggage – if you walk into the lobby ahead of your luggage, it could be snatched. Keep your luggage nearby too, because if the lobby is busy, enterprising thieves can take advantage of the distraction.

2. Ask for a room that’s not on the ground floor (it’s too easy to break in). Many safety experts recommend staying between the third and sixth floors – where rooms are high enough to avoid easy break-ins, but low enough to be reached by fire engine ladders.

During check-in

3. Most reputable hotels with honest staff know not to give out names or room numbers, but it’s still known to happen. If your room number is compromised (i.e., announced out loud), ask to be given another room. You never know who is listening and your room number is a matter of personal security.

4. Don’t set your credit card on the check-in counter – it’s too easy for a thief to capture the numbers with a good camera. And when it’s handed back to you, be sure it’s your credit card and not someone else’s or a bogus card.

5. Ask for two business cards with the hotel name and address. Place one by the phone in your room. If there is an emergency, and you call for help, you’ll have the name and address of your location. Place the other in your pocket or purse. If you have to take a cab or get lost, you can show the driver your location and avoid being taken to the wrong hotel.

In your room

6. If a valet has accompanied you to your room, block the door open while you check the room. Look in the closet, in the shower, and behind the curtains before you shut the door or release the valet.

7. Check the lock to be sure it’s functioning properly.  Make sure that the door has a deadbolt and keep it locked whenever you are in the room.

8. Use a door wedge to further secure the door – especially when you are sleeping or in the shower. Crooks are not always caught and may not have a record, so they can get hired by hotels where they have excellent access to spare room keys. Some criminals have been known to wait until they hear you in the shower before robbing your room or attacking you.

9. Place your flashlight or headlamp by the bead. If there’s an alarm or the electricity goes out, you’ll have the light you need to navigate an unfamiliar building.

When you leave

10. Lock the items you won’t be carrying with you, such as your laptop or other electronics, in the room safe. Modern hotels with a safe that lets you select your own combination are safer than those with keys. Don’t leave your passport behind.

11. If the safe in your room doesn’t appear safe, lock valuables in the hotel safe, but be sure to get a written receipt for your items and ask about the coverage for loss. Most hotels do not accept liability for items left in the guestroom safes but they will for those locked in the hotel safe.

12. If you lose your key or room entry card, report it to the hotel immediately and ask to be moved to another room. You can’t assume you ‘lost’ it – it may have been stolen from you by someone with malicious intent.

Oh, and one more thing: be wary of using the remote – that’s likely to be the germiest thing in the room.  Slide it into one of those small clean trash bags or wrap it in a wash cloth before pressing the buttons.

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