Types of Girl about the Globe (GatG) – 18-39 GatG, Adventurous GatG, Budget GatG, City GatG, Sailing GatG, Winter Sports GatG
If you are aged 18-39 and are looking for an adventure tour company, look no further than Travel Talk, a budget-friendly tour company for adventurous and cultural travellers. Designed for 18 to 39 year olds who are looking for affordable tours with a premium service, they offer group tours to Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, and more.
Travel to the Balkans, Jordan, or on one of their Iceland affordable tours, or immerse yourself in a well-known experience such as an Anzac tour or Oktoberfest. For the sailing GatG you can join the Travel Talk sail Croatia trip to explore Croatian islands or go island hopping in Greece. For the winter sports GatG you can ski or snowboard in Bulgaria or the French Alps. They have so many tours!
Travel Talk use a higher standard of hotels than Topdeck and G Adventures yet their prices are more competitive. Instead of local buses they use premium transportation so you know that you're getting a good deal for your tour price.
Why do we think they are a solo female friendly company? We asked a member of our Girls about the Globe Facebook community for her personal experience of the company. Read the Travel Talk tours review below:
Travel Talk Review
When and where did you go?
I began my trip with Travel Talk on 23rd September 2017. I was backpacking around Europe on a budget at the time and decided that whilst I was so close I should take the opportunity to see Turkey (being Australian and coming from a large island means that everywhere in Europe seems ‘close by' to us). I decided a month before the tour was due to start that I wanted to go and booked the Travel Talk Essential Turkey 9 day tour.
I had a few must-see items on my list, such as the spectacular white silica terraces of Pamukkale, the enormous halls of the Grand Bazar in Istanbul, and the fairy chimneys at Göreme Valley. There were also some must-dos on my Turkey bucket list and a hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscape at Cappadocia had to be experienced during my trip.
What interested you in the company?
I was drawn to Travel Talk straight away. Their tour description was clear and descriptive, they ticked all the items on my must-see and do list and at €588, it was one of the best value trips I could find.
What are the positives and negatives?
The local payment of €170 is part of the tour payment and not meant to cover all entrance fees to the sites or act as spending money on the tour. As the entry fees weren't included for most sites, I hadn't been prepared for bringing any additional cash so found myself frequently looking for ATMs.
As a positive, it was nice to see where your money was going. Tickets were bought at the gate in front of you, rather than through a third party.
Travel Talk Turkey – What was the price, Was it good value?
The accommodation on the tour ranged from 4 to 5 star hotels, which I thought was great value for the tour price. The buffet breakfasts and dinners provided were delicious. Because there was so much to see sometimes we arrived late at night and left early in the morning so were unable to make the most of the hotel amenities but the sights were amazing to see.
The hotel in Pamukkale was spectacular. The belly dance performance at the hotel's poolside and the four-tiered thermal pool powered by hot-springs created a memorable evening.
What were the benefits of taking a Travel Talk tour?
I enjoy trying the local cuisine and appreciated our guides taking us to different places for lunch. I was able to try the local food and delicacies from a shish-kebab to Gozleme, and Teste Kebab. I even had the opportunity to make a Turkish pizza called a ‘pide.'
Our local guide also happened to have spent his later years living in Australia. Being local meant that his knowledge of the country, its language and its cultures were second to none. This also meant that his English was fantastic. He always spoke loud enough for everyone to hear (a common issue in group tours), was friendly, approachable and willing to help with any problems.
All in all, my experience with Travel Talk was an overwhelmingly positive one and I would definitely travel with them again.
* N.b. Girl about the Globe has secured a 5% discount with Travel Talk on all their tours (except festivals & experiences such as Anzac, Ski and Oktoberfest). * Enter the code “GATG55” to obtain the discount.
About the Author
Shelly Glaizner is a solo traveller from Australia. She has a passion for travelling, food and writing and loves putting them all together as she travels about the globe. Her next solo trip will be to Africa, where she plans to spot the big 5, sail down the Nile and hopefully find treasure in a Pharos tomb to finance her next adventure.