If you’re between the age of 18-35 and interested in traveling on a tour, Contiki Holidays may be a great option. Contiki caters to younger travelers by offering affordable trips with plenty of free time. Many travelers that choose Contiki also come alone because the tours are a fun way to meet new friends on the road.
The first time I traveled alone internationally I chose to sign up for a Contiki tour. I had a limited amount of money and time off and wanted to make the most of it. I knew I didn’t have the time to plan a trip through Europe with my demanding work schedule and I hadn’t traveled on my own enough to even know where to start. With Contiki all I had to do was book my flights and show up. I found that using a tour made my life a whole lot easier and I came back with great memories and new friends from around the world.
Contiki offers tours from starting from three days to over a month long. I decided on Contiki’s European Magic tour that started in London and ended in Paris with stops in Amsterdam, St. Goar, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, and Lucerne in between. I paid around $1,400 for all my transportation, hotels, and breakfasts. Sighseeing tours and personal entertainment are not included. Can you do Europe for cheaper? Of course, you can, but I was able to see seven countries in nine days without ever feeling rushed because I had a guide that took care of everything.
|Contiki buses boarding the ferry to Belgium|
Contiki isn’t for everyone. While I had no complaints, here are a few things you need to know:
- At age 24 I was one of the older members of the tour. On both Contiki tours I’ve taken the average age was around 20.
- Contiki tour members like to party. Expect to be surrounded by hungover people each morning.
- It’s not a luxury tour. Unless you pay extra you will be
sharing a room with another person in a standard hotel room. Included meals are decent and the
bus is as basic as they come. I was on the bus an average of nine hours
hotel room in Germany
While those aren’t deal breakers for me, not everyone will enjoy traveling in that environment. I loved my first tour so much I came back for a second round in Asia the following summer with a girl I met in Europe. Traveling alone is common on Contiki and I never experienced any cliques. Both guides I had were fantastic and made even the longest bus rides fun.
|Bus travel isn't so bad-check out this view of the Swiss Alps!|
Have additional questions about Contiki? Email me! JuliaKristinSummers[at]gmail[dot]com