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Step 8: Alternatives

Although we've primarily focused on more basic air-and-hotel packages, there are many other types of vacations that you may want to consider.

If you'll be visiting a more exotic or unfamiliar destination, you may want to look into a guided tour. A guide who is either local or knowledgable about the area you're visiting can be very helpful in teaching you about a culture, making travel arrangements, and translating a foreign language. Whether you want to tour the wine regions of France or the ruins of Machu Picchu, a guide may come in handy.

City packages may not be right to those who love exploring the great outdoors, but adventure travel suppliers are a better bet. Often escorted like guided cultural tours, adventure trips are set up to make it easier for travelers to climb far-off mountains or explore rain forests, etc. These packages can fulfill the needs of amateur explorers who want to focus on their experience without worrying about the travel details. Notable adventure travel sellers include GORP and iExplore.

Additionally, there is a growing trend toward environmentally friendly travel, or ecotourism, giving travelers yet another option. Ecotourism is aimed at protecting the environment and people that are impacted by tourists through the development of sustainable practices. Major Ecotourism providers include The World Wildlife Fund and International Expeditions.

 
 
 
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