Each year, couples and families looking to go on holiday or take an extended vacation have to decide how best to approach their off time. Some prefer to plan their own transportation, accommodations, restaurants, and travel guides, while others prefer to skip the headache and have holiday companies plan an all-intensive vacation for them. There are many holiday company and travel agent services locally as well as internationally, so that it is nothing more than a meeting with one company in order to plan a tour or trip to a resort. While these companies naturally cost a certain fee or commission, some experienced agents may be able to book bargain rates on airfare or hotels, making the service pay for it.
Many of these holiday company outlets provide their services mostly or even exclusively for businesses. Chartering planes or yachts for company holidays, these companies work with individual businesses to plan a corporate retreat or company paid vacation on any continent. Adventure Life is one such company, a travel agency based out of Montana with offices on both east and west coasts. Their itineraries mostly focus on Central and South America, with over a hundred planned trips into the rain forests, hiking trails, mountains, deserts, beaches, islands, and caves about the continent. In addition to the destinations themselves, Adventure Life maintains a small flotilla of luxury yachts that not only transport customers to their destination, but provide the means to go anywhere in the world. Indeed, chartered yachts from Adventure Life have reached both North and South poles as new businesses look for adventures for executives, employees, and clients.
Cruise liners and beachfront resorts with golf courses and massage parlors may be some people’s idea of a vacation, but if you would rather spend your time experiencing rugged nature and the beauty of untouched wilderness, Outdoor Adventure Travel is the holiday company to see. They specialize in higher intensity vacations, requiring all customers to be in good enough shape to be able to walk at least two miles without stopping. Many of their treks are on uneven terrain or require cutting across areas without market roads, so only those with a true sense of adventure and purpose are recommended to sign up for such a trip. The hotels that provide shelter are usually very low key; oftentimes users are meant to travel with their own camping equipment on their backs.
Of course, not everyone enjoys the rough and tumble trips. Others go to holiday tour companies looking for all-inclusive packages where each arraignment is taken care of by the company. Tauck Travel is one such outlet, boasting the highest luxury accommodations for their customers on high class, all inclusive travel plans. Tauck has over 100 destination packages including small ship ocean cruises and safaris. Going to each continent (even Antarctica), this company provides one of the highest quality tour services available, but also at the highest cost. Indeed, the average fare for a two week all-inclusive stay is approximately $10,000 dollars. Customers should be certain that they can afford these high prices if they want the good life on their vacation.
If you are looking to travel on a shoestring, however, you need not be intimidated by four figure price tags for housing and spending a hundred dollars at a five star restaurant. Cheap holiday companies provide their customers with bargain prices on sights both in and out of the country. One of the least expensive—though most unorthodox —companies is called Green Tortoise, a bus based hiking trip that carries some two dozen customers about a region of the United States to see and explore. The bus has sleeping facilities so that customers rest by night and hike by day, each time at a new mountain or trail. Indeed, meals are prepared on the bus via communal cooking, mostly vegetarian with organic produce. Prices for these packages go as low as $200 dollars, making them ideal for college students or honeymooners on a low budget. Green Tortoise buses travel in the Pacific Northwest, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Appalachian foothills, and the Florida Everglades.
The difference between these holiday companies and a travel agent is most often that the prices are set for a large customer base. Travel agents work with specific hotels, airlines, and international tour sites without directly controlling any of the vacation. On a holiday company’s program, there is very little that is left up to an individual or outside the frame of the tour.
If you are interested in holiday companies for you next vacation, decide what activities you would be interested in and which part of the world you would like to see. For every part of the Earth there is a business offering a travel package, so enjoy it to the fullest with their expertise.