Some tour companies are just ideal for women who are travelling alone. If you are aged 18 to 30 and looking for an authentic and fun trip, Topdeck Europe is perfect for solos. Read our Topdeck review to see if it's for you.
From festivals, city breaks and tours in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, here’s why we believe Topdeck are solo female friendly.
“They are really well organised with a great atmosphere. I would definitely recommend for a first time solo traveller,” – Monique Jackson (solo female traveller).
Why Take a Tour?
I wanted to do a quick tour of Europe, as I haven't been before and wanted to see the highlights before moving to Asia for a few years. So traveling with a tour group seemed better, as they are experienced in express tours. Usually I would do the tour by myself, but Topdeck had a really great special at the time when I was booking.
I chose Topdeck, specifically, however, not just because of the good price I was able to get, but based on their reputation as well. Comparing them with Contiki, they are known to be less focused on the party scene and more about making the trip accommodating for all kinds of travellers. I prefer going to museums and other cultural sites when traveling, rather than clubbing, so this was a big attraction.
Positives and Negatives of Taking a Topdeck Tour
There were many positives of the tour; really good organisation with a fantastic trip leader (she's been giving tours for years, so was very knowledgeable of every city we went to, with great tips on local eateries to try). The accommodation was also of a very good quality, ranging from good hostels as well as a hotel in one case.
Is it Good Value?
For me the value was definitely good, totally worth it. There are many included meals in the trip. We also had an extra city added to our tour – we had made good timing on the drive from Switzerland to Venice, so the driver and the trip leader took us to Verona for the afternoon and showed us around.
Who Are These Adventures For?
Topdeck is great, as it welcomes all kinds of travellers. Its age range is larger than that of Contiki, so the group can also be a bit more mature and laid back. There are however also those who like to party, so you should be able to find other travellers who share your interests. As a solo traveler, this was great.
If you're feeling uncomfortable, or unsafe when traveling, touring within a group such as this is definitely beneficial.
Who Are They Not For?
I guess if you like taking things slow, or if you are a spontaneous traveler, you might not like the strict schedule that these trips tend to have. For instance, I wouldn't use a tour company (Topdeck, or any other) for traveling to places like SEA, where it's a lot more fun to have a flexible itinerary.
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