At the start of 2019, 24 percent of Americans resolved to travel more, and for good reason. Traveling is more than knocking off destinations off your travel bucket list. You get to experience new cultures, broaden your horizons, boost your confidence, and it’s good for your physical and mental health.

Ready to pack your bags and reap these benefits? Awesome! But first, there are basics you need to take care of, such as choosing a tour package. With so many tour operators out there, how do you find the one who’s offering the best package for your travel needs? We’ve got the scoop, so keep reading!

What Are Your Travel Needs?

The first step to choosing the best tour package is to have a good handle on your own travel needs. Ask yourself the following questions:

What’s my travel style?
Are you more into sightseeing, culture immersion, or fun activities?
Do you like traveling solo or in a group?
What is your preferred travel destination?
What’s your budget?
When you have answers to these questions, it’s far easier to identify a tour package that aligns with your travel style.

Create a List of 3-5 Tour Operators and Their Packages
If you’ve never used a tour operator before, you might not know how to choose the right one. This is why it’s crucial to start by creating a list of tour operators. Got friends who’re travel aficionados? Ask them for tour operator recommendations. And if your search doesn’t yield enough recommendations, go online and look for “best tour operators near me.” After creating the list, the next step is to explore their websites and gather more information on their tour packages. Check out this selection to get a good idea of how an operator should present their packages. If you need clarification on a tour package, call in and talk to a travel agent.

Evaluate the Operator’s Reputation
Don’t settle on a tour operator solely because they’re offering a tour package that matches your exact needs. Yes, the price could be just right, the package’s itinerary fits your schedule, and everything else looks exciting on paper, but what are people who have actually taken the tour package saying? Go online and look up reviews. If a tour operator offers poor customer services or they don’t deliver what they advertise, be sure disappointed travelers will leave nasty reviews on platforms such as TripAdvisor. Until you have evaluated these reviews, don’t give your money to a tour operator, no matter how attractive their packages look. The last thing you want is being left stranded on foreign soil.