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5 reasons why travelling with a tour operator can give you peace of mind

You might be thinking ahead to your next trip, but should you plan it yourself, or turn to a tour operator?

Choosing a specialist tailor-made tour operator can help you experience the best of both worlds.

Below are five reasons why you should consider tailor-made travel for your next adventure.

Your whole trip is shaped around you

Whether you’re into wildlife, tasting local cuisines, or Chinese calligraphy, a specialist tour operator will listen to what captures your interest and weave these experiences into your trip.

Tailor-made tour operators pride themselves on offering unique trips that are completely designed around you. Rather than presenting you with an off-the-shelf itinerary, a dedicated destination expert will plan every detail of your trip around what you want to see and do. They work on the principle that a journey has more meaning when you experience places in your own way.

Your trip is crafted by experts who know the destination well 

The expert designing your trip is likely to have lived in or travelled extensively to the destination you’re planning to visit. Their in-depth local knowledge means they can share advice and tips you might not find easily on your own — that tucked-away restaurant they know you’ll love, the spot the locals go to watch the sunset, which safari tent to stay in for the best views over the nearest waterhole. They’re passionate about their destination, and want you to feel that too.

All the logistics are taken care of

It’s exciting planning a trip, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty details like working out train times, booking tickets, and planning the best driving route, it can get complicated. With a tour operator, your destination expert will arrange everything like clockwork, leaving you to relax and just enjoy your trip.

They’ll also use their local knowledge to go one step further, booking the best train seats for taking in the views or suggesting rewarding places to stop during longer drives.

You’re guaranteed the best activities, stays, and local guides 

Most specialist tour operators regularly test out activities and hotels so they can be confident of their quality and make recommendations to you based on having done it themselves.

They’ll also choose guides who are not only extremely knowledgeable, but are passionate about showing you their corner of the world in an alternative light, whether you go truffle hunting with a local expert in Tuscany or learn samurai sword fighting in Japan.

And, increasingly, they check that what you do and where you stay benefit the communities you visit.

You’re supported at every step

Travelling with a tour operator gives you the peace of mind that, should anything unexpected happen before or during your trip, you have guaranteed support. In most cases, you’ll have a dedicated expert as your consistent point of contact throughout the planning process. They’ll keep you up to date with the latest advice and recommendations for where you’re visiting.

While you’re away, you’ll have 24-hour support from your tour operator, as well as on-the-ground assistance from their local partners.


Audley Travel is a UK-based tour operator with 25 years’ experience in creating meaningful travel experiences shaped around you.

Phone: 01993 259 018

Audley – Tailor Made Travel

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