Recommended TripsFor the experience of a lifetime
At NomadHead we understand a gap year doesn’t necessarily have to be a year. If you’ve got time or budget restraints and just want to have an amazing time without worrying about the details (like transport, itineraries, researching trips, booking hotels etc) then a group tour can be ideal for you. Now it doesn’t matter if you’re a solo traveller (we know you have friends, sometimes it’s just hard organising holidays together!). Travelling is always about meeting people, which is how you’ll end up with an awesome crew of new Facebook friends on a group tour. FYI a friend of mine has recently gotten engaged to her fiance she met while on a Contiki tour! You need a company you can rely on. There are a lot of travel companies out there offering a very similar product. To differentiate these you need to look at how socially conscious they are and whether they really are “taking nothing but photographs and leaving nothing but footprints”. As a tour guide for Busabout Asia, I can whole-heartedly recommend their trips. Take an in depth look at their trips here. Below are some of the fantastic group travel companies we highly recommend:
Contiki seems like a rite of passage for most young people heading on their first big trip abroad. It’s the perfect way to taste every flavour of Europe while meeting a bunch of like-minded people. Then, after you’ve discovered you have a passion for Italy over the other countries visited, you can choose to direct the rest of your travels there. While the majority of trips seem to be those hugely boozed-up Eurotrips, they actually offer cultural experiences elsewhere in the world too, with a style of trip suitable for every palate.
- North America – the best way to see the land of the free
- Asian Adventures – if only for the food
- Europe – the quintessential Contiki experience
- Latin America – Machu Picchu come at me!
- Brazil & Argentina – but they speak Portuguese and Spanish?
- Australia – down under mate Vegemite kangaroo g’day
- Kiwi Land – also known as New Zealand
Watch the Busabout hype reel below and you’ll quickly discover what this company is all about: great times with great people. Busabout has the aim of making their passengers’ cash stretch as far as possible. Their trips are for nomads on a mission to explore Europe, and they arm them with excellent guides, a diverse choice of destinations, and a choice of travel styles. For 2015 they’ve expanded into Asia, run European trips in Winter (brrr!) and hop on board the Trans Siberian Railway. Check out our in depth look at the Busabout Asia adventures here!
Here are the trips they offer:
- Europe. Hop-on, hop-off bus passes; festival trips; Eurotrips; sailing and cruising adventures.
- Asia. Go island hopping in Thailand; explore Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Burma. Connect back to Europe along the Trans Siberian Railway.
- North Africa. Discover Morocco and the pyramids in Egypt.
- UK & Ireland. Their partner companies Haggis Adventures and Shamrocker Adventures know their destinations because they are locally operated.
Another travel company that is aimed at at 18 to 30-something market. Topdeck was originally founded by some friends in the ’70s who bought a couple of double decker buses and toured Europe and Asia. From there they have grown into a global institution, as well as creating the massive Australian travel business Flight Centre. These days Topdeck Travel runs over 330 tours in 65 countries.
Urban Adventures are all about unique day trips. They’re a part of Intrepid Travel and operate in over 100 locations around the world. With Urban Adventures you can go on a cycling tour of Kyoto, try the taps on a beer tour in Philadelphia; go kayaking in Halong Bay; enjoy aperitivos on a drinks tour in Florence; eat your way through the sweet and savoury cuisine on a foodie’s tour of Quito; or go bushwalking through the rainforests in Cairns.