If you missed the Travel Adventures event we recently hosted at Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree, we’ve got you covered. That event, designed especially for travelers ages 50-plus and presented by a Road Scholar ambassador, covered educational travel tours in the U.S. and abroad.
If you’re excited to try new travel adventures but don’t want to figure out all the details, a group or guided trip might be right for you. Here’s some information from last week’s travel event to get you started.
Decide Where to Go
Check out travel books, videos and magazines from one of our seven library locations or DCL.org. You can also draw inspiration from travel experts:
- Rick Steves’ Europe
- The 25 Places You Need to Visit in 2018
- The Best Asian Travel Blogs to Follow
- The Best Boomer Travel Blogs
- Jauntaroo Vacation Matchmaker
When Do You Need a Tour Guide?
A tour guide might be helpful if:
- You have limited time or simply prefer to leave the details to professionals.
- Your destination calls for expertise: historic places, subject knowledge, language, adventure trips, dangerous or chaotic locations, and nature excursions.
- You desire “local” or cultural experience outside the usual tourist fare.
- You don’t want to drive or navigate public transportation on your own.
Questions to Ask Before You Book
Comparing tour companies goes beyond destination and price. Make a list of all your questions and record the answers in a spreadsheet to make your decision-making easier. Here are a few common questions:
- Is this tour for travelers 50-plus or all ages? Couples, singles or both? Group size?
- Can I see the full itinerary before committing?
- Who are the guides? Are they locals/subject matter experts? Will they speak throughout or rely at times on prerecorded audio with headphones?
- Is this tour tailored to general interest travelers or subject matter experts?
- What kind of transportation is used? How much walking? Where will we eat?
- Will I get free time?
- What extra fees and expenses can I expect?
Try these additional resources for more information or if you have questions.
- Frommer’s: How to Pick the Right Tour Company for You
- Mom’s Guide to Travel: Travel Planning Like a Rock Star
- Pack Up + Go
- SmarterTravel: 20 Questions to Ask Before Booking a Tour
- Stride Travel, a database of companies for tours, cruises and adventure trips
- Travel + Leisure guides
- TravelNotes: The ABCs of Choosing an Adventure Tour Company
Budget Group-Tour Companies
These companies accommodate groups of 20-40 people, mostly seasonal travelers. Lodging is equivalent to a Holiday Inn or Marriott, and expenses average $200-$350 per person per day (a nonrefundable deposit of $250-$300 is required; balances are due 75-90 days prior to departure). Extras may include single supplements, some meals, some excursions, international flights and transfers.
Join us for our next free travel-focused event.
Unique travel experiences and ideas for your next destination
Thursday, April 26, 11:30AM-1PM
Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree (10055 Library Way)
No registration required