Monday 10 December 2018

Which travel trend is making a comeback?

In an ideal world, holidays are supposed to help us relax and unwind, but we all know that the holiday planning process can often be stressful and overwhelming.

In recent years, Ireland has seen a rise in DIY travel (organising your own flights, accommodation and tours separately online). While the age of DIY travel has opened up new destinations all over the world like never before, the detailed research needed can be painstaking. The sheer volume of destinations, accommodation choices and booking websites available can actually make the holiday planning process more complicated than it needs to be.

It takes a huge amount of time and effort to plan a holiday – starting with choosing the most convenient flights and transfers, you then have to think about accommodation, car hire, tours and much more. With DIY travel, there’s also always the risk of something going wrong, from flight cancellations, missing your transfers, staying in terrible accommodation or even just getting lost. 

So how do you make it easier for yourself, take away all the hard work and stress and still ensure you have an amazing holiday experience? Well, it might be time to rethink the benefits of an escorted holiday.


Escorted Holidays –The Time is Now  

Escorted holidays are making a comeback, particularly for long-haul trips where you are dealing with an unfamiliar destination, foreign language and unknown culture. Destinations such as India, China and South Africa, for example, are often on our bucket lists but due to the difficulty of planning these holidays, they never become a reality.

There’s nothing better than booking an escorted holiday with one phone call or click of a button, sitting back and relaxing, knowing that everything is organised for you. Escorted holidays are tried and tested, so you know that you are getting the best travel experience possible, including flights, transfers, hand-picked accommodation and guided tours to the top tourist highlights. You can also take comfort in the fact that escorted tours are secure and protected. If something goes wrong, you will have a local guide to assist you and a company on the other end of the phone to help. The key is to book through a trusted company that has experience in your destination of choice.

     “A guided trip is the only way to travel to countries such as India… makes it possible to travel with ease”. Maelisa travelled to India.

     “I could certainly see the benefits… more searching the internet beforehand for trips or researching flights. All the interesting trips planned were enhanced by the knowledgeable guides.” Jean travelled to Lake Como.

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Go with the Guides

An experienced guide can offer extra comfort for the entire experience. Why start from scratch in sourcing local information when you can go on an escorted tour and soak up all the knowledge of a local guide, ensuring that you have an authentic experience? The quality and passion of a great local guide is second to none when it comes to a well-organised escorted tour, helping you to get under the skin of your destination of choice. Guides can also offer a safer experience than going it alone, particularly on long-haul trips if you’re reluctant to be a camera-toting tourist in an unfamiliar location. Most escorted holidays also include some free time for leisure, which offers you the best of both worlds! It’s even better given the fact that you always have an expert guide on hand with suggestions for what to see and do in your leisure time.

    “Our tour guide informed us on the culture and history of the country to a very high standard… he was top class and added to the holiday experience.” Margaret travelled to India.

    “Our guides unstinting effort to educate us and their commitment to looking after us made the tour outstanding.” Barbara travelled to Russia.

Escorted Trips Have Evolved

No matter what type of holiday experience you are looking for, you don’t need to start applying filters as you search the entire internet looking for your personalised experience. Escorted holidays are not just limited to long-haul travel, so whether you favour a city break, a European escape or want to build in interests like photography, walking, opera or gardening, there are tours that will combine your tastes with an escorted option. Again, the richest of holiday experiences can often be because of the talents of expert local guides who bring the subjects that you are passionate about to life.

     “It was an excellent way to explore so many different areas in a short period of time, we would never have managed it on our own.” Martin travelled to Australia & New Zealand.

 “As expected, the opera was terrific. What was unexpected was that so many other aspects of the trip were equally terrific, the city tour and our German guide...” Michael travelled on an opera break to Berlin.

It’s All About the People

It’s often the people you meet that are the highlight of the entire trip and you’ll have great memories of the shared experiences you had together. The beauty of an escorted tour is that you travel with a group of similar people so whether you’re flying solo or just bored with your travel companions, you’ll have someone to turn to. Not to mention the added bonus of being accompanied by a local guide who will introduce you to their country and bring you behind the scenes, ensuring you have the most authentic experience possible.

     “It was great to chat to fellow travellers and share stories of other destinations, my wish list is getting longer!” Esther travelled to Tenerife.

     “We met a lovely group of people and will have great memories of a wonderful trip together.” Mary travelled to Canada.

So, if you would like to avoid the stress and outsource your holiday planning to the experts, then why not consider an escorted holiday? It’s so much easier and more practical to sit back and relax on an escorted tour, handing over all your responsibilities where they belong – at the departure gate!

Travel Department has been serving the Irish travel market for over 20 years and offers over 100 destinations worldwide. Their holidays are fully escorted, which means that they include return flights, hotel accommodation, guided transfers and expert local guides for all excursions that are included in the holiday. These holidays are truly great value and are competitively priced. To learn more about planning your next trip to over 100 destinations worldwide visit



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