For a country as vast as Australia, the multitudes of guided tours available offer fantastic opportunities for travellers to see and do it all. With so many tours to choose from, however, it can be hard to decide which one will suit your travel style the best. One of the first things to consider before booking a tour is whether you want it to be short or long. There are plenty of benefits to each, so they have been listed here to help you make a decision that will ensure your holiday to Australia is memorable.
Pros of long tours
- You are completely taken care of. If your entire time visiting Australia will be defined by your tour, then you can sit back and relax knowing that all the details of your trip are taken care of, such as accommodation and transport.
- Easier to budget for. Since your accommodation, transport and meals are taken care of on an extended tour, once you’ve accounted for the tour, flights and spending money, your travel budget is complete!
- Get to know your fellow travellers. On longer tours, you will get to know your guide and travel companions better, making for a far more enriching travel experience.
Cons of long tours
- What you see is what you get. Long tours leave you stuck with a certain itinerary and guide. If you end up not liking it halfway through, your choices are to either cut your losses and leave the tour or try and make the most of it.
- Less choice. Even if you have found a long tour that includes most of the destinations you want to see, the chances are good it might contain a few that you’re not very interested in.
- Less time for relaxing. Tours have you on the move constantly because operators want to pack as much as possible into each day, so you won’t be able to linger at a particular destination that you like.
Pros of short tours
- More flexibility. Short tours offer significantly more flexibility for travellers. For example, a Sydney day tour is a fantastic way to see the major features of the city and learn the history, and then later you can visit all of the attractions, check out the shops and restaurants, and laze around on the beach on your own time.
- Greater variety. There are so many different tours in Australia that you may just want to pick and choose a couple of different short ones. For example, you can take a Hunter Valley day tour at the start of your trip, and then fly to Perth later to take a tour up to Monkey Mia. There is no one tour that will cover both of these locations.
- More authenticity. Long tours provide access to some of the biggest attractions in the country, but short tours will leave you with the time and space to explore around where real Australians live.
Cons of short tours
- The cost adds up. Since you’ll be paying for your own accommodation, transport and meals, you will have to budget more carefully.
- Harder to organise. It will take a lot more time and careful planning to be able to see everything you want to see if you’re taking short tours.
- Less personal. On short tours you won’t get the same chance to bond with your tour guide and the other passengers, which really detracts from the overall tour experience.
Since there are plenty of benefits to each type of tour, all you need to do is carefully decide what kind of experience you want to have, and then get out and explore!