Custom travel: what it is and what it isn’t.
Thinking about taking a trip, but can’t find the perfect itinerary? Found an itinerary you love, but don’t love the dates? Want to take a group trip, but choose your own group? Custom travel has many great benefits and quite a few misconceptions we’d like to clear up.
“It’s going to be wildly expensive”
People hear “custom” and immediately assume “costly.” This is simply not true. People are surprised to discover that the cost of a custom trip is not much more than group departures, and the overall value is much greater, especially when you take into consideration all the inclusions and the many benefits of a custom itinerary.
Part of the customization is developing a trip with your budget in mind, whether you’re looking for something more affordable or you want to upgrade to something really luxurious. Our specialists are well versed in guiding you through these choices and helping you build a custom trip that fits all your needs.
“We don’t have enough (or too many) travelers for a custom/private trip.”
Here at Nativa Travel, we have arranged custom trips for one traveler and group itineraries for up to 40 people. No matter the size of your party or the age range, we can put together a tour to suit your party’s needs.
Benefits of custom travel
Some people thrive on group interactions, love meeting new people, or revel in small-talk, but not everyone. For those who need a little more alone time to recharge, or who simply prefer to stay in the company of close family and friends, a private, custom trip is perfect.
When you’ve planned a custom trip, the only considerations for time management are your own. You’ll have complete discretion to make spontaneous stops, spend longer than planned in a particular location, or change your day’s plan entirely. You (or your tired feet) may decide you’d like to spend the afternoon people-watching from a sidewalk terrace café instead of visiting another museum. That’s not possible on a scheduled tour.
This may seem obvious, but one of the greatest benefits of custom travel is the ability to completely customize your trip.
- Dates: Not everyone has a flexible vacation schedule. Many people have only a set amount of time they can take off every year, and very specific dates when that time can be taken. Custom travel allows you to take exactly the time you have, exactly when you need to take it.
- Destinations: Maybe you have a specific destination in mind, a place recommended by a close friend, or that’s so off the beaten path that group tours simply don’t go there. Wherever you want to go, a custom trip can get you there. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to go exactly where you want.
- Itinerary specifics: Is there a certain restaurant, winery or other place you’re dying to see in your destination? Do you have any dietary requirements? Do you like to sleep in or stay up late? Do you like every minute of every day planned, or do you prefer a more casual approach to your vacations? Custom travel allows for all of these considerations.
- Accommodation: For some people, the only deciding factor for a hotel room is making sure it has a bed. For others, the hotel amenities and quality of the room are deal breakers. If you fall into the second category, a custom trip ensures you’re resting your head on the perfect pillow each night.
All of these options, and more, can be adjusted on a custom trip, giving you exactly the trip you wanted.
Coming soon: Sample itineraries to help you plan your vacation better. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us. We will be delighted to answer your inquiries.
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