Every travel consultant worth their salt has a portfolio of trusted tour companies to share with their clients. I have a few favourites, depending on the demographic, but for anyone between 18 into their mid thirties, one of my top choices is Topdeck. With more than 40 years of awesome tour experience under their belt, Topdeck has more than earned their stripes on the organized tour landscape. And after personally travelling with them on three separate occasions in Africa, North America and Europe, I have 5 great reasons to get you on a Topdeck tour:
1) TONS of free time!
The number one obstacle I have to overcome when trying to convince a client to consider a tour is the lack of free time. If you’ve booked yourself on a tour around Europe, you want the time to enjoy it, and if you’re adventurous like most Millennials and Gen X’ers, we like to go off on our own to explore. On a Topdeck tour, there is always ample time to leave the group and wander off. On a three day pit stop in Swakopmund (Namibia) on my South West Safari tour, I had breakfast with my new friends, and spent the afternoons quad-biking in the dunes, hanging out with the locals in cafes discussing African life, and lazing around to write in my travel diary. No pressure. All on my own time.
2) All the Inclusions
Most of us don’t leave home without a strict travel budget to adhere to and there’s nothing worse than being nickeled and dimed to death in destination, after you’ve just dropped your hard earned savings on a vacation. All trips include tips, which means no more glares from disgruntled tour conductors when you don’t drop cash into the tip bucket. Also, Topdeck includes more attraction admissions, meals and unique bucketlist experiences than any other tour company in the 18-30-something demographic!
3) Local Knowledge
Travellers want more out of their travel experiences, and if immersion is what you look for in a holiday, Topdeck gives you an opportunity to experience a destination on a local level. In Africa, the local guides were so fantastic, I still correspond with them all these years later, often probing them for travel tips for my clients heading their way. If you love history, architecture, food, culture, language or random, awesome facts to share at your next party, Topdeck guides are better than a history book!
4) Amazing Friendships
It sounds so cliche, but this is probably the main reason I keep booking my clients with Topdeck over and over again. After a Winter Express Tour years ago, new friendships afforded me the opportunity to travel to two international weddings, backpack around Cuba with two incredible gals and host a huge Topdeck reunion in my hometown! If you love meeting like-minded, ambitious and adventurous travellers, without the pressure of partying your face off, Topdeck has that in spades.
5) The Price is Right
There is of course, an age old debate that tours cost more than solo travel, and I don’t know that I necessarily believe that’s always the case. However, when I factor all the tangibles (meals, accommodation, transportation etc) and include all the intangibles (convenience, skipping the line at busy attractions, guaranteed departures and quality of the itineraries), the value of a Topdeck tour is unbeatable.
So you’re a Topdeck Convert – How do You book a Topdeck Tour?
Why not book with a specialist? I’ve been selling Topdeck tours for over 10 years, and I’ve experienced the product first hand. Topdeck has fantastic itineraries in Europe, North America, across Africa, the Middle East, Australia & New Zealand.
Fly Free with Topdeck!
Go ahead, rub your eyes, it still says free! From March 1 – March 31, 2017, Topdeck is offering free flights on a select number of European based itineraries and a $599 airfare add-on deal from the following cities: Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Departures are in April, May and June 2017 – Check out my Facebook page for more details!
So, if you’re between 18-39 and you’ve been toying with the idea of an organized tour, contact me today and let’s find out if Topdeck is for you!