There are few things more exciting than tailor-made traveling. Being able to make decisions about every step of your holiday, from where you’re going, to how you’ll get there, where you’ll be staying and what you’ll be doing, and for how long – it’s the perfect way for creating an unforgettable experience, whilst also getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Often interchangeable with bespoke holidays, tailor-made traveling can also mean having travel and any stop-overs, location, accommodation, tours/activities, and vehicle hire, arranged for you by someone else, to match your style, taste, and budget. If you’re considering this type of holiday, here are 7 pros and cons to help you decide if it’s the right way for you.
Pros of Tailor-made Traveling
1. Your Holiday is Organized for You
Some people prefer having their holidays organized for them, which isn’t a bad thing if you’re short of time. As long as you know where you want to go, the type of accommodation you want to stay in, and what you want to do, along with a price range, an agent can usually find something that’ll suit your needs. This means all you need to do is supply this information and let an agent do the work for you. Once you’ve agreed on a package, the next step is packing and looking forward to your holiday.
Having someone in the know, like an agent, to organize your tailor-made traveling can mean that they can negotiate the best deals for you, perhaps even throwing in an added extra for a small cost. This could be organizing private travel arrangements, for that added slice of luxury, which would make all the difference to using public transportation. It could mean any number of things, so it’s worth asking what else your agent can do for your holiday experience. Even purchasing a package holiday could save you money, so it’s not always about having an agent.
3. Someone’s ability to Help You
If you don’t know where to begin, having a seasoned professional to help you will reduce any stress from the moment you contact them, usually until the moment you’re home. They’re able to help if there are problems with your flight, accommodation, or in an emergency situation, for instance. They want you to be happy and will do what they can to make this happen.
Cons of Tailor-made Traveling
1. Your Holiday is Organized for You
Yes, we know that this was in the Pros List, but it can also be a negative, especially if you’re not used to having someone organize the whole of your holiday. Believe it or not, some people actually enjoy the planning part, from reading about potential destinations to accommodation online, whether it’s via blogs or the ‘gram. This is the part they love because they’re totally in charge of their traveling arrangements and would be at a loss if someone else did this for them.
2. There’s Another Person Involved
For those using an agent, having another person involved may cause things to take a little longer than organizing tailor-made traveling by themselves. Don’t forget, agents are human as well and will have times and days when they aren’t working, so if you see a holiday you may be interested in late at night, yet you need to go through your agent to confirm your booking, it means you’ll have to wait at least until the next working day for them to do this for you. Alternatively, if you do it yourself, you can do it as soon as you’ve checked out the details, without having to wait.
3. Sudden Changes may be Difficult
If you’ve got all your activities booked and decide to change one or two for something else, it may not be as easy with an agent as you would like. For instance, if you’ve booked and paid a deposit to go rock-climbing but changed your mind and decided you want to go horseback riding, with an agent you’ll need to get them to make the changes for you, rather than do it yourself the moment you’ve made this decision.
4. Lacks Spontaneity
Holidays of a lifetime often contain many memorable moments, which are often unexpected. It’s these that we’ll often recount time and time again, as we become older. Having a prearranged itinerary will make deciding to do something unexpected that bit harder, especially if all of your time is taken with pre-planned activities. You may want to consider scheduling some free time, just in case.
Tailor-made traveling isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine. Some people want to back-pack around the world, whereas others may want to relax or go sightseeing. Let’s face it, if we all did and wanted the same things, life would become pretty mundane and opportunities for tailor-made traveling would become pretty competitive! However, as with every type of travel, or holiday, there are advantages and disadvantages. These will obviously depend on each person, but we hope the ones outlined in this article will help you decide whether tailor-made traveling is for you.