I remember my first time I wanted to travel Europe on my own, I had a list of places I wanted to go but I had no idea how to even begin planning my itinerary. After countless hours staring at a map, searching flights and trying to figure out the cheapest and quickest routes the excitement had been sucked out of me. Planning a multi-stop trip is exhausting and frustrating to say the least and although I had seriously thought about having a travel agent take over I soon realized that was way out of my budget. As I traveled throughout Europe that summer many people I met recommended tour companies specifically targeted for people like me; a solo traveler who wanted to meet new people and let someone else do all the planning. The next time I started planning a trip I immediately referred back to the tour companies and researched like crazy. Here’s 3 of the top tour companies for 18-35 year olds. All the trips offered by each company include accommodation, some meals and guided tours in the price. Sit back, relax and let someone else get gray hair planning your trip.
This is a great company for a traveler that doesn’t want to think at all when it comes to planning. All you have to do is figure out what continent you want to travel to and then choose from the multiple tours offered. What’s even better is they offer tours of all budgets and all types. You have the choice of location, departure, accommodation, price and style. Based off your choices the trips will be narrowed down to your preferences and you can compare multiple trips at time if you wish. Contiki has a good reputation and offers over 200 trips around the world.
Busabout is very similar to Contiki in that they offer multiple guided tours with set itineraries. They are different from Contiki in that in addition to set itinerary tours they also offer hop-on hop-off tours. As explained by a happy Busabout customer, “One of the best things about busabout is that you choose how long you want to spend in a certain place and what you want to see there. You choose whether to stay in the hostels busabout recommends or you can go off and find somewhere different.It’s totally flexible and easy to change your itinerary as its all online.”
The “make your own itinerary” option allows you to pick a route that may include anywhere from three to ten countries and then you decide how long you want to stay. When you’re ready for the next stop you reserve your seat on the bus through the easy to use website. This option allows the more spontaneous travelers to go wherever the wind takes them.
Topdeck is a more budget friendly company. It’s basically the same as Contiki offering tours off all types but most of the accommodation options are hostels, bungalows or camping instead of hotels. Topdeck also offers sailing options in Europe and Asia for those that would rather spend their time out at sea.
These three companies are the most popular and widely used. Based off my own experience I suggest looking at all companies regardless of your budget and see which tours give you the most for your money. Sometimes spending a little more may get you an extra few days or the chance to explore another country. Sometimes it’s worth it to choose a cheaper option if a route is more direct or if you don’t mind camping. Regardless, all companies offer exceptional tours and the perfect opportunity to make new friends.