When you are first planning an adventure trip, you may not know which provider to use. When you sort through the number of providers you find online, the sheer number of travel companies can be intimidating. How do you know which company has a good reputation and is reliable, and whether or not there is an insurance and money-back guarantee. Here we provide simple tips on how to choose the right adventure travel provider.
How to Choose the Right Adventure Trip Provider
Choosing the right and experienced adventure travel provider is not easy. For that, in this article we provide some simple tips, and here are the reviews:
Assessing Company Qualifications
When you find an adventure travel tour company that interests you, your first task is to better understand the company, its qualifications, and experience. You can ask about how long the company has been in business. If you only have a short time, ask about the experience of the owner and guide. Also, ask if the company contracts with local providers at the destination, and if so, what the company’s experience was.
When you understand the history and staff of the company, you can guess well the quality of the trip. An experienced company or guide will make the trip very smooth and can provide great leadership in terms of activity instruction and educational opportunities during the tour. An inexperienced company may still be working on its itinerary, and a new guide may not be knowledgeable about the area.
Find out the Affiliate
In addition to asking the tour operator about its history, you should find out what affiliations the company has, what awards it has won, and what certifications the guide has. You can find this information on the “About Us” page on the company website or by asking a company representative. You can also do a search on that provider to see if it’s been in the news recently and whether the reviews are positive or negative.
Some affiliations to look for are memberships with the Adventure Trade Association, and the National Tour Association. For specific adventure activities, look for a sport-specific affiliation or certification; For example, you want your rafting guide to be trained in heavy water rescue.
Look for Provider Professionalism
Upfront professionalism often reflects the travel experience. When you talk to the company, pay attention to how good the customer service is. You may want to request a brochure or ask a representative to explain the trip. If the response is prompt, courteous, and informative, you are likely to get the same level of service on the tour. If a company representative is rude or indifferent, refuses to spend time answering your questions, or is slow to send you the information requested, you may encounter the same bad service on your tour.
Another sign of excellent service is the willingness of tour operators to help you arrange your air travel, insurance, and equipment purchases. Not all companies will have affiliated agents who can order these additions for you. But they should at least be able to advise you on the best airlines to use (especially for overseas travel), insurance providers that cover certain adventure activities, or good places to buy equipment. If the representative refuses to help you, it is a sign that professional service is not a priority with this company.
Talk to Previous Guests
One of the most important ways to rate an adventure tour is to talk to people who have recently been on the tour. A reputable tour provider should be willing and able to provide you with references, so you can contact current clients.
Find Out What Protection The Provider Offers
Another way to determine if a tour provider is reputable is to see how willing it is to protect its clients’ financial investments. Find out how your money is protected when you pay a tour operator. Ask if the company can guarantee that your money will be returned if the tour operator goes out of business. Make sure you know about a deposit, payment, and cancellation policies so you know what to expect if you have to cut short or cancel your trip.
Reliable operators will also have contingency plans in case something goes wrong on the way, especially during adventure activities. You can ask what safety procedures are in place and what the provider will do in the event of an emergency or injury. A comprehensive plan indicates the company is ready to protect you.
Inquire About Provider Owned Equipment
Adventure travel can have many technical elements. If you are concerned, you should ask the provider about how new the equipment is and who made it. Don’t forget to ask about transportation to and from adventure activities.
Make Sure Your Company Provider Is a Responsible Operator
A consumer should consider responsible tourism practices. What does the provider do for the community? How do they give back? The best providers not only provide you with great adventure vacations but also help the communities in which they operate. Responsible tourism practices can include using local guides, locally owned accommodation, or locally grown food, embracing eco-friendly products and practices, or engaging in the community. If the provider cares about the area in which it runs, it will certainly care about its guests.
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After you do your research and look at the pictures the tour provider depicts. Has the company satisfied you with excellent service, proof of experience, brilliant reviews, best practices, and attention to guests? If so, you can book easily, knowing that you will get a first-class trip. If some of your research has raised red flags, you may want to think twice about booking and choose to continue your search for a reliable tour operator. The time you spend now investigating your potential vacation providers will pay off 10 times as much when you have the adventure trip of a lifetime.