Meet the Experts

Published on June 28th, 2016 | by Emma Hackwood

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Meet the Tour Expert: Amanda Bennett

Our Flightie and Tour Expert Amanda Bennett has been on over 50 tours as a tour guide and as a passenger. Here she shares her travel tips, why you should book a tour, and the time she and her tour group trekked up a mountain in a Guatemala jungle before sunrise to spot jaguars:

 

1. How many times have you been on an organized tour?

Busabout guide photo Amanda Bennett

I used to be a tour guide in Europe so I’ve been on over 50.  I’ve been on about seven organized tours as a passenger.

 

2. How many countries have you visited (total) while on an organized tour?

I’ve been to 56 countries total. While on tour, I’ve been to about 35 countries.

 

3. What makes travelling on a tour better than doing it on your own?

Japan Tour Amanda Bennett

The local insight, the lack of hassle, the people on tour. You get to meet people from around the world and explore new parts of the world. You get to immerse yourself in the country and really focus on the destination rather than focusing on the logistics of travelling on your own.

 

4. What is the most common misconception about organized tours?

That you get no free time. Many tour companies give so much free time for passengers to explore the destinations.

 

5. What surprised you the most about touring?

Slovakia Tank tour Amanda Bennett

How much you get to see and do. You get to experience things that you wouldn’t be able to do if you were on your own.

 

6. What’s your favourite tour company and why?

I worked for Busabout and I love their concept for touring around Europe. As a passenger, I travel a lot with Intrepid. Their group sizes are small, the guides are knowledgeable, and I’ve always had an amazing time.

 

7. What are your top 3 tips for a client about to experience their first guided tour?

Dante Robino Fam Amanda Bennett

1) Be open-minded about everything; from the food you eat to the people you meet.

2) Don’t fall asleep on the coach if you can. Depending on the country there is usually so much to see.   Driving through Albania was such a weird and exciting experience.

3) Enjoy the experience.

 

8. What’s your favourite travel memory from a tour you’ve taken?

I have countless memories from all my tours. My most recent favourite memory was on one tour, as a group we got up before dawn in Tikal, Guatemala and trekked into the jungle to a lookout hoping to see a jaguar at the watering hole. We didn’t actually end up seeing any big jungle animals but being up on the viewing platform in the middle of the jungle when all the animals were waking up was unreal and very cool.

 

9. What made you fall in love with touring?

Getting to experience new destinations with a group of people who have the same travel mentality as you do.

 

 

 

 

Looking for more information on tours for your next adventure? You can connect with Amanda online, visit her in-store, or call 1-877-967-5302.

 

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About the Author

Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.



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