Choosing The Perfect Travel Destination

6 You Shouldn’t Do When Choosing a Tour or Cruise

by Eli Lambert

Taking advantage of package tours and cruises is often one of the best things you can do as part of your travel planning to get good deals and explore new places. However, there are numerous things you need to avoid doing for the best possible experiences on tours and cruises.

The following are six things not to do when you're choosing tours and cruises for your travel plans.

1. Neglecting background research on the destinations

It's important that you carefully research the destinations that a tour or cruise will involve visiting before you sign up. Getting some background information on the islands or cities where you'll be going will help you determine whether a certain tour or cruise package is right for you and your traveling companions. 

2. Having no budget in mind

Tours and cruises can vary widely in terms of price. You need to have a budget in mind so that you can quickly weed out tours and cruises that are outside of your price range. Minimizing the costs of tours and cruises you participate in can help you to fit in more travel experiences. You can travel more if you avoid spending too much on any one trip. 

3. Booking without first considering seasonal weather

If you're surprised about how inexpensive a particular tour or cruise is, you might want to research the weather. Traveling to areas during the off-season when the weather is not great may be cheaper, but it's probably not desirable. That's why you need to put effort into learning about seasonal weather before booking a trip. You don't want to have to deal with constant rain or storms while on vacation. 

4. Neglecting research on any visa requirements you'll need to meet

If you're going to be traveling internationally, then you may need to get a visa. Getting visas for certain countries can take time. That's why it's important to know what visas you need and what steps you'll have to go through to get needed visas before you book a tour or cruise. 

5. Failing to look into the exchange rate and prices at the destinations

You're probably not only going to have to pay the tour or cruise price as part of your trip. You'll probably also have to pay incidental expenses for meals and shopping during your trip. That's why it's a good idea to research the exchange rate for any currencies you'll need to use during your trip. Get a feel for how expensive a particular area is to travel in before you decide to go on a tour or cruise there. 

6. Being unaware of any safety hazards that destinations involve

For your peace of mind, you should research safety before you decide to go on a particular tour or cruise. Some destinations are safer than others. You should look up travel advisories from the Department of State to find out about foreign countries you should avoid visiting for safety reasons during the tours and cruises you go on.