Planning your holiday can be an exciting time, whether it’s simply to relax on a sun-drenched beach or experience a once in a lifetime trip. However, there’s now so much choice, it can be quite daunting and very tempting to just ‘click and go’ using the internet. So, how should you choose and make sure the holiday is right for you?
Tour operators can provide a very useful one-stop-shop service for holidaymakers. They can use their knowledge and years of experience to find the perfect accommodation and destination designed to suit you.
Nowadays, there are a wide range of tour operators catering for the over 60s and for those with limited mobility or accessibility requirements. So why not minimise the hassle and allow a tour operator to effortlessly guide you through the process of booking your dream holiday.
Type of holiday
One of the first things to consider is the type of holiday you’d like to go on. Often, people want to simply relax and unwind on a stunning beach, or perhaps visit a variety of destinations on a cruise. More active travellers enjoy walking or cycling among beautiful landscapes or experience off-road terrain in a remote location. So, choose the tour operator who specialises in your type of holiday to get the most from your trip.
An important factor is your budget. It’s surprising how the overall price can soon increase with a number of additional costs. By using a tour operator they can provide the majority of the services you require in one package, to avoid hidden costs. These could include transfers, exclusive activities, tour guides or day tours. And if you’re travelling alone, remember to watch out for single supplements, which could sharply increase the cost of your holiday.
You want to make sure your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons. It’s wise to spend time checking the tour operator’s reputation before you book. Look for online reviews to see opinions of other holidaymakers and assess the company’s customer service.
Make sure they cater for your needs, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Sadly, it might not always be what they claim, and it’s important to find out the truth before you commit. And remember, if in doubt about anything, ask the tour operator and ensure they confirm their responses in writing, to give you peace of mind.
Choosing the right tour operator
Age is no longer a barrier to travel. There is a huge choice of holidays for sun, city breaks, cruises, activities and discovery escorted tours for the over 60s. SilverTravelAdvisor and Silversurfers work with a number of carefully selected holiday companies specifically designed for the over 60s.
These tour operators tailor their holidays to suit the traveller’s needs. Based upon their experience and customer feedback, they recognise what is important to their customers, and understand what they expect to enjoy their holidays.
They can also recommend tour operators for those with limited mobility or accessibility requirements. Depending upon your condition you may need to check the accessibility and suitability of your accommodation for mobility aids and consider whether you need support from healthcare assistants onsite. It’s advisable to choose a specialist tour operator who can cater for all your needs.
Above anything else, always travel with full travel insurance to make sure you’re fully covered and prevent expensive medical bills. And if you’re travelling in Europe, check your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is up to date before you travel and remember to take it with you.
Fish Insurance provide a range of travel insurance policies to make sure you’re fully covered. As travel insurance specialists, we can help you find the right cover for your trip and take care of everything, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
Call our team of experts on 0333 331 3770 for a carefree travel insurance quote.