These days, organised tours are quickly becoming the most popular way for families with young children to travel in Australia. With a tour, everything is pre-planned, pre-booked and prepaid for, eliminating just about every hassle associated with family vacations. There are no great surprises on this type of holiday either, and with all the expenses and details managed for you, your whole family is more likely to relax, have fun and bond with each other. The main thing you need to concern yourself with is finding the right tour to take, so here are some tips…
Custom or planned?
In general, there are two ways you can take a tour: custom and planned. Planned tours are those where families join a tour with a set itinerary, and may often find themselves on board with other families with similar-aged children. Custom tours, on the other hand, allow you to work with the tour company to plan a special itinerary that everyone in your family is sure to enjoy. The tour company will then make all the travel arrangements and provide a professional guide for the trip.
Which form of tour you choose will completely depend on the size of your group, how much you want to spend, what activities you want to do, and whether or not you want to hang out with other families.
Before you do any planning toward your vacation, you must make a budget. This makes it much easier to narrow down your choices of tours. Before agreeing on any one tour, you also need to confirm with the company what is included in the cost and what isn’t. For example, you don’t want to go on a tour only to find that you need to pay for all of your own meals!
In the end, however, you will always get a better deal on a tour than if you tried to duplicate a tour’s itinerary yourself. Also keep in mind that since you’re travelling with your family, you may be eligible for special touring packages that offer discounts.
Group size and age requirements
Most tour companies will have group size and age requirements, which will also help narrow down your options. Many family travellers prefer tours that have about 20 other people on them, as they are just big enough that the children can keep each other occupied, but not so big that the tours become too impersonal or chaotic.
The options you will have for dining on the tour is a very important factor to consider, as some organisations cater to children and some don’t. Before booking any tour, always make sure the menu will be appropriate for everyone in your family.
Special programs for kids
Some tour groups provide excellent options for child-friendly activities, while some cater mainly to adults. Whether you are looking to take a Great Ocean Road tour or a tour in Tasmania, you will have a far better time if most of the activities are geared towards the children’s enjoyment. Some tours also provide “mentors” for younger kids, who are basically extra adults that can help entertain and play with your kids while you enjoy some peace and quiet.
Tours offer an excellent way for families to have a fun, well-rounded holiday without all the fuss of booking accommodation, rental cars and activities. Not only that, but guides make it fun and entertaining for the kids, giving you a perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the sights.