There’s no right or wrong way to do things, no two people travel the same. It all depends on your personal travel preference and what your goals are for when you’re travelling. While self-drive tours can be done at your own pace and entirely customizable, there’s a lot of organization involved that can put a dent in the way you enjoy your trip. This is why guided tours can be a cost-effective and fun way to visit unique and unfamiliar locations you may not have known about yourself, and lots more! Let’s look at a few key factors about why you should opt for a guided tour over driving yourself.
One advantage of a guided tour is the price. Some tour operators, like Groovy Grape offer all inclusive tours that take out all the hassle of budgeting and preparing. With this there’s no worrying about meals, accommodation, fees, or transport. We’ve taken care of it so you don’t have to. The only thing that’s down to you is your souvenir spend and any optional activities (for example, we offer skydiving at Uluru that’s 100% optional and in our brochure) this allows you to really take a step back and enjoy your trip as what you see is what you get. There’s no surprises and no hidden nasties!
Worry free travel
When you take a guided tour, you don’t have to worry about all the details. No fretting about fuel and rigid timelines, or when to best get to a location before it hits its peak. We’re experts and will get you there, at the right time. Group tours arrange the itinerary, activities, and schedules for you way ahead of time. They also give a definitive structure and plan for each day and allows you to see more than if you were figuring everything out on your own. Stress-less! Taking time out of your routine to go explore the world shouldn’t feel like more work
Due to the frequency of tours operating in selected areas, tour companies hire extremely knowledgeable locals to be their guides. This means that you’ll get an insider’s knowledge on the destination that you might not have had before departing on it. The tour will hit all the highlights and allow you to uncover some hidden gems you wouldn’t otherwise have known about. Our Groovy guides are passionate about showcasing the best of the Outback and Southern Australia and have specialised knowledge on each destination. Travel the groovy way and experience the real Australia.
Well-informed guides add value to your tour experience. Have you ever noticed that when reading tour reviews a lot of commentary revolves around the guide? It’s true! Of course the destination, catering and comfort is mentioned. But the main emphasis of travellers often seem to be on the personality and professionalism of the tour guide. As great as the destination may be, tour guides set the tone for the trip and strive for an excellent overall guest experience, every time. They are the heart and soul of everything we do!
For many people it’s often difficult to meet new people under normal circumstances. Now put yourself in the confusing situation of being solo in a foreign country and it can make it even harder. with a tour group helps break the ice, make friends quickly and create memories with other people. As nice as it is to look back at old travel photos from a solo-trip, sharing a beer with a friend you met on a group trip to some exotic part of the world and reminiscing on the great times you had is one of the best travel experiences you can have.
I recently came across this snippet about why a traveller opted for a guided tour instead of self-drive
“Even when I am traveling independently, there will be many times I will take a guided tour of a historical site or cultural experience. This is because I want to learn more about the place I am visiting, and I don’t want to be walking around trying to read it from a guide book while I am there. I want someone to point out certain features, tell me stories about the area and relay the important information. Guided tours are a great way to sit back, absorb the area you are in and allow someone else to tell you all about it.”