Hiring a tour operator may seem like wastage of hard earned money especially in this era of advanced technology where you can download maps instantly and get travel information from websites. This is because it comes at a price. But there are reasons why travelling with a tour operator are still a great option.
To handle the logistics of travel
Travelling involves a lot of hassles of obtaining tickets, marking reservations, checking operating hours and finding other suitable alternatives if problems arise. If you are on vacation and do not want to be bothered by all those issues; it is good to hand over such matters to a professional tour operator who can do all that for you. This will also help you to relax during your holiday, without worrying of what could go on, after all that what holidays are for, and in any case it is a small price to pay for such overwhelming tasks.
To help you break the language barrier
When travelling to a destination where you do not speak the local language and the locals have minimal or no knowledge of the language that you speak, a local tour operator who speaks your language will be of great use to you. When choosing a tour operator to such a destination you have to speak with them on phone to establish how strong his or her language command in your language is. Imagine being in a place where you do not understand anything from the menu on your table to the road signs, it can be very frustrating but with a local tour guide it can be heaven.
When on an adventure trip
While headed for a safari, mountain climbing, scuba diving or any other adventurous activity, it would be very risky to do it alone unless you are an absolute professional in that field. In such an adventure a hiring a tour guide is inevitable because he will lead you through what he is already used to and even take you to the best areas for such adventures.
When visiting popular locations
The most popular locations tend to be crowded and you may end up spending too much time on the queues that by the time you enter through the gates you are too grumpy to enjoy the sites you have paid for so dearly. A specialist tour operator is knowledgeable of the locations and has knowledge of the times: when they are less crowded and even when they are discounted and will give you the right advice. If you are visiting places like Petra in Jordan and have some money to spend, then hiring a luxury tour operator to handle the details for you could make all the difference.
When visiting somewhere off the beaten track
If you are heading to a country which is not as well set up for tourism then a tour operator can make all the difference in helping you visit the best sites and staying in the best places. You could see twice as much of a destination by letting a tour operator take care of the logistics, rather than hopping from local bus to local bus to reach you end destination. They can also help you find unheard of accommodation which you otherwise would not think of. For example, in Morocco they may take you to a Berber Lodge like this which you wouldn’t usually find in the guidebook.
When time is limited
In the world that we live in time is a crucial factor, if your vacation is short and you need to visit all the sites in a particular destination, a tour guide will come in handy. He will help you create an itinerary that will round up all your interests while putting time as a priority. In this way you will save time and enjoy your short vacation in an organized manner.