Escorted bus trips are a viable and affordable option to consider when planning a vacation in Europe. Baby Boomers finally can afford to travel and so they need to make the most of their hard earned dollars. The stereotype that escorted bus tours are just a bunch of old people and you never have enough time to see anything is really pretty far from the truth. People on escorted bus tours actually come away with more information about the country, local customs, and the history, not to mention they have a better view and do not have to fight local traffic on those narrow country roads. This article shares the surprising benefits found when choosing an escorted bus tour.
First of all, Baby Boomers need to face this reality: We are the old people! These bus tours will have many old folks, but guess what, they will mostly look just like us. Most tours will have a mixture of ages with the majority being in the 55+ category. Retired people and empty-nesters are the ones with the time and extra money!
These tour companies have been doing this for a long time and know how to schedule a full days events, giving plenty of time at each stop. Do you go away wishing you could stay longer? Of course, but you also know staying longer means not seeing something else. There are usually two main stops a day, with a tour and exploring time. Shorter stops with escorts service in karachi handy restroom facilities and some exploring are also built in. Lunch is usually a long stop with a variety choices for eating and lots of shopping!
When you are in a car and drive by a ruin you can only remark on the quaintness of the ruin. On a bus tour you pass by a ruin and are told what it was, who lived there and an interesting tidbit about the family or historical figure who owned it. Tour guides have just the right blend of funny tales about a character in a community you pass through, information about architectural styles of different ages, and all sorts of stories about their royalty, and their misadventures! They also know when to stop talking and let napping happen!
In the United Kingdom and Ireland you can read the signs but driving on the other side of the road, concentrating on which lane to turn into when making a turn, tackling the numerous roundabouts, and keeping the rental car in the middle of the lane takes all of your energy. In the rest of Europe driving on the roads may be more natural but you can’t read any of the signs. Locals whip by you no matter where you are! When driving yourself you are down closer to the ground with hedges and fences in the way. However, in a bus the bus driver tackles the traffic, whips around the roundabouts, reads the roadsigns and you can not only have a great view but keep most of your energy!
All in all a Baby Boomer finally can afford to travel to Europe would do well to search for an escorted bus tour that stops at most of the sites you would like to see. Then sit back, enjoy the trip you saved up for and let the driver drive and the tour guide fill you with all sorts of interesting information.
Sue Gnagy Fegan recently retired form 30 years of teaching. She and her husband took a three week vacation for their 25th wedding anniversary to England Scotland and Ireland. Two week on an escorted bus tour and one week on their own. they are hoping to go to Italy soon and there is no doubt about it, they will be looking for an escorted bus tour.