7 Reasons Why You Will Love Guided Vacations in the USA
7 Reasons Why You Will Love Guided Vacations in the USA
When you hear “guided vacations,” your mind almost undoubtedly goes straight to Europe. You already know this is a great way for you to discover faraway or unfamiliar places—all the details are taken care of, you have the guidance of an expert travel director and an amazing itinerary that combines iconic places with incredible experiences you didn’t even know existed. Doesn’t that sound like a great European vacation?
But wait, doesn’t that sound like a great vacation anywhere? All the reasons you love guided vacations in Europe will ring true anywhere your travels take you, even when exploring close to home right here in the U.S.
And explore close to home most Americans do. In fact, according to MMGY’s 2017 Portrait of American Travelers, domestic vacations made up 85 percent of total American vacations, with U.S. travelers taking 13.9 million more vacations in the U.S. than internationally.
For some Americans, a guided experience may seem superfluous since they are ‘home,’ but what they don’t know is how much they are missing traveling otherwise. Guided vacations make it possible for lifelong New Yorkers to experience the ways of authentic cowboys in the Great Plains, or for rural farmers to explore bustling cities guided by the comfort of locals. If you you are looking for iconic places, truly unique experiences and a seamless vacation, guided vacations are a great option worth considering.
Read on for 8 reasons your clients will love guided vacations in the U.S. (including reasons you’ll love to sell them!).
1. Exclusive access
There are high-demand places throughout the United States and the national parks regularly top that list. One of the highlights of visiting these incredible places is staying inside the park grounds, but these coveted stays are incredibly difficult to book as an independent traveler. I can’t tell you the number of times people have told me, I’ve tried to book a hotel inside the park, but it’s nearly impossible. The parks come to life in the late and early hours between day visitors and guided tour guests are the few who get to witness these incredible places in this authentic way. Animals graze outside your windows as you relax at night, and in the morning, there is no long, complicated drive to get in—you’re there, and before everyone else.
2. Bucket-list and beyond
The guided experience goes far beyond cool hotel stays. Well-known destinations like Las Vegas or New York City, while home to icons travelers from all over the world come to see, are also home to off-the-beaten-path attractions and activities even locals wouldn’t easily find without a guided vacation. The local guides know so much about their home cities. They point out things that you’ve never heard of. They explain parts of history that you may not have learned in school. You go to restaurants and special locations that a regular tourist wouldn’t know about—hidden gems.
To share an example in Utah; explaining that guests come excited about Zion and Bryce national parks, but a visit to the unusual Goblin Valley State Park surprises even those who have visited Utah before. Most have never heard of this place, with its strange goblin-like formations called hoodoos. It’s so cool to see, yet so many miss the opportunity.
3. Unique experiences
It’s one thing to see a destination, but it’s quite another to experience it. In today’s travel culture, cookie-cutter experiences are a definite no-no as travelers seek authenticity and connection to the places they visit. Jenn, of Trafalgar Tours, loves the reaction from her guests during these heartfelt encounters, like a meet-and-greet in South Dakota with Stephen Yellowhawk, of the Lakota tribe, who performs and shares stories about his Native American traditions during a private gathering just for them. “A genuine transformation takes place when our guests connect with Stephen as he shares his unique Native American heritage,” she says. “There is no substitute for spending time, real time, with locals. This is the power of guided travel.”
No matter where you travel in the United States, guided vacations allow you to make connections and enjoy experiences you simply couldn’t re-create on your own.
4. Perfection in planning
Independent travelers spend hours and hours researching and piecing together vacations. With guided vacations, the planning is done by a team of experts who meticulously craft each itinerary so you get the most out of your vacation time. In a time-deprived society, you can’t put a price on letting someone else to do the legwork. Our team have traveled extensively throughout these destinations, taking care to find the best possible experiences. And beyond the surface, there are dozens and dozens of people behind the scenes ensuring everything runs smoothly. You can rely on experts to deliver incredible vacations to you.
5. Lasting friendships
The human factor is a key part of any vacation, and with a guided vacation, travelers mingle and forge potentially long-lasting friendships. It is a known fact that travelers seek connection. One of the big benefits is the people you’re traveling with, from different walks of life and from around the United States and even around the world. The destinations are amazing, and when you tie that in with great conversation, great company and great people, you feel part of a community, and you feel comfortable and relaxed.
6. Unmistakable value
As if there weren’t enough reasons to love guided vacations, they are a tremendous value. Guided Vacations are a very good value, since most things are included. Everything is taken care of and you simply just enjoy the experience. You don’t have to worry about being nickel-and-dimed because you know exactly what your guided vacation is going to cost.
7. Stress-free all the way
Travelers who book guided vacations can rest assured that they’ll be taken care of every step of the way. All-in-all, guided vacations are a great fit for travelers looking to enjoy memorable vacation experiences throughout the United States.