Five reasons why package holidays are the best option

A beach hotel in Malindi
A beach hotel in Malindi

Planning a vacation can be tedious, more so to a destination where you have never been before.

It may look glamorous and fun in the pictures on the websites of hotels, but the stress that comes with booking hotels, flights, organising various logistical details et cetera, is anything but fun.

Thankfully, some kind soul somewhere (God bless him/her) came up with the idea to establish package holidays.

The way package tours work is the tour company will take care of flight and hotel bookings, logistics and activities during the tour.

You will choose the package that best suits you according to the destination, hotel, activities and other preferences.

The package could offer: full board (which means all you can eat, drink and unlimited access to hotel facilities and services such as spa treatments) and half board (which offers food and drink for breakfast and supper only) but may vary from hotel to hotel.

Some of the advantages of booking package tour deals include:

  1. Less stress

The tour company will take care of everything. You will not book flights or hotels and you will definitely have no business thinking about the logistics.

Your work will be to show up and relax, the way vacations are supposed to be.

  1. Cost effective

Planning a vacation involves a lot of details but the thing that stands out the most is cost.

Booking five or four star hotels is not cheap, but when you’re on vacation you want your family or partner to enjoy the very best, but still operate within budget.

The company planning your tour already knows the best deals in terms of hotel bookings and flights, which means the cost will be lower.

Certain companies are also given discounted rates at certain hotels thus it would be cheaper to travel with them.

  1. Value for money

When going on vacation to a destination that you have never been to before, you will need experienced guides to take you round and recommend attractions to visit.

Some tour packages come complete with the activities to undertake and attractions to visit.

Sometimes you may have to add a little more money, but it’s almost always worth your dime.

Choosing to book a full-board package is wise as it comes with all the services and goodies from the hotel.

Booking spa treatments, for example, separately will cost you a pretty penny.

  1. Safety first

Since the tour company will have planned for pick-up from the airport and drop-off, it guarantees safety as you will not have to pick a random taxi and jeopardise yours and your family’s security.

Your guides will also know the places to go to and those to avoid so that you’re not gambling with your security.

  1. Variety

The best thing about package tours is that they offer variety.

For a local tourist who wants to escape the hassle and bustle of Nairobi and relax at the beach, there are tour companies that offer great affordable packages for beach vacations

On the other hand you could be an international tourist craving a classic Kenyan safari at the Maasai Mara, or a local tourist who simply loves nature. There is something for everyone.

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