How To Plan a Contiki Trip

     When I decided that I wanted to go to Europe, going alone was really my only concern. I won’t say that it was a fear, but being a female, traveling alone, in foreign countries can be an intimidating experience. I decided that group travel would be my best bet, because I could go alone, but still be with a group of people. I could also just pay one lump sum and not have to worry about setting up my own accommodation and transportation. So I researched group travel and came across a company called Contiki.

Contiki is a travel organization for people ages 18-35 and they offer trips in Europe, the US & Canada, Asia, Latin America, New Zealand and Australia. They offer eight different types of trips and each one is tailor-made to accommodate where you want to go, what you want to see, and at what pace you want to travel.

     Choosing the right trip for you is a crucial step in having the best time possible on your trip. I chose a High Energy trip, and I’m not a high energy person, so after 30 days of that lifestyle I ended up exhausted and sick (though it was still an incredible time!). I’ve listed the different trip types and a little summary of each one so that you can better choose the trip that is right for you.

  1. Discoverer – These trips hit all major destinations and landmarks. This is a good choice for someone who wants to experience everything they’ve always wanted to see, for one price, in one trip.
  2. In-Depth Explorer – These trips offer a more intimate look at a single region. This is a good choice for someone who wants to see one region through a local’s eyes rather than multiple places for a short time as a tourist.
  3. Independent Insider – These trips offer a more relaxed experience. They will offer more personal freedom and individualized experiences. This is a good choice for someone who is looking for less of a ‘go go go’ trip and more of a casual experience.
  4. High Energy – These trips are jam packed with early starts, full days exploring and late nights partying. This is a good choice for someone who is looking to make the most of every single minute of their trip.
  5. Camping – These trips are a way to see Europe for significantly cheaper prices. This is a good choice for someone who is on a budget, or is just looking to cut back on costs.
  6. Sailing & Cruise – These trips are a way to see Europe by sea, with options of Croatia, Turkey or Greece, or a combination of the three. This is a good choice for someone who is looking to take a short trip and spend time on the water.
  7. Winter & Ski – These trips are a great way to travel with less crowds. This is a great option for someone who loves the cold and snow!
  8. Short trips & Festivals – These trips are for bucket list items like Oktoberfest and New Years Eve or Christmas in Amsterdam. This is a great option for someone who wants to have these experiences but doesn’t want to worry about booking accommodation and other planning nuisances.

     Hopefully this list can help you to better understand the differences between the types of trips that Contiki offers. Choosing a trip can be an overwhelming decision, because they offer so, so many. In order to make the decision process easier, I would recommend breaking it down in this order:

  1. Figure out what type of trip suits you, personally.
  2. Figure out what countries and regions you would like to visit.
  3. Determine how long you would like to be gone.
  4. Create a budget of how much you’d like to spend on the trip. Remember that you will also need to pay for flights, insurance, meals and other extra expenses.
     Once you narrow your choices down, it should be much easier to figure out which trip is right for you. I have linked my correlating YouTube video here, as well as my Europe Packing List, if you would like to check those out as well! Contiki was a life-changing experience for me, and I hope that it will be the same for you!

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Welcome! My name is Madison and I'm a 21 year old college student, dog mom and avid napper. I'm a serious introvert attempting to brave the world one trip out of my room at a time. Follow my journey as I attempt to stay awake long enough to be a productive adult!

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