I have only recently acquired the “travel bug”, making my first trip overseas in 2012, since then and to this date I have travelled to 8 countries. I invest a lot of my waking moments planning trips and like to stay two or three trips ahead planning wise. For example, I am heading back to Bali, Indonesia in April, Europe in June, and will be heading to the Maldives and Singapore for my Honeymoon in December. This is not including at least two domestic trips to Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast this year also. Now I am not here to brag. I am here to discuss my virtual best friend and travel buddy http://www.viator.com I would like to take this opportunity to make it very clear that I am not paid by the company to promote them. Believe me when I say they are always my first AND only port of call when planning tours and activities when I travel.
Why? Quite frankly they never disappoint, and offer a really competitive and cheap price. They have 24/7 support and communication in a majority of languages. Their website allows for user reviews on all tours and include, when possible, a detailed schedule and photos of the tour.
Viator offer on a majority of tours Hotel pick up/drop off and transport by coach. To some, they think why would I pay more just to be transported somewhere when I can catch public transport? Well let me tell you a story: I like to think I am pretty smart, in fact so smart that I spent hours planning a way to get to Warner Bros. Studios for my upcoming trip to London, working out costs and various transport options. I thought I was so clever because I was saving money, turns out I am not as smart as I think I am. All I saved myself was a mere $4 and now I have the stress of trying to catch the London Underground during peak time, to a place I have never been before. If I had just booked through Viator.com I could have a convenient pick up and drop off in air conditioned coach.
I suggest if you do one thing today, check out the website http://www.viator.com or download the App, you can browse the App or website and save tours to a Wishlist for any upcoming trip (or for later if you ran out of time).