Important Things to Look for in a Tour Company • The Blonde Abroad

important things to look for in a tour company

Ever since I started hosting my TBA Escapes Tours, I’ve learned so much about the travel and tour industry. While the majority of it has been positive and inspiring, there have been some significant learning curves too, when it comes to running a business.

I think the most important thing to consider when looking at a tour is finding the best one for your travel style — everyone enjoys different aspects of travel, and at different paces. The second being to educate yourself and avoid illegitimate businesses that are targetting travelers. There are scams out there, and I’ve even found my photos used on another company’s Instagram to promote their tours!

So whether you’re thinking about joining TBA Escapes or any other tour, you need to do your research before parting ways with your hard earned cash.

Here are a few important things to look for when finding a tour company!

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Who Are They?

As soon as you’ve found a tour that you’re interested in, it’s time to put your detective hats on and start digging up the dirt. You need to find out who the faces behind the company are, and verify that they are real people.

If there isn’t an about page with the founder’s biography, hop onto LinkedIn to see if you can find their personal profile. You should also Google their name to see what articles come up about them and read through reviews.

I would also suggest researching anyone else that’s involved in the tour. From the operations managers to the hostes—you want to make sure they are knowledgable in their fields and reliable as guides.

Do They Use Their Own Images?

As mentioned earlier, I recently found a tour company using my photos from to promote their new tours in Morocco. Always use Google’s reverse image search feature to see if a tour company is using stock photos or if they have stolen pictures from another account.

User-generated content (photos that were taken by people who have been on the tour) is a massive indicator that the tour company is legitimate. Plus, you can always reach out to those accounts and ask them about their experience.

I always look for a company’s Instagram or Facebook account and see if they’re showing images from happy customers (and if those tagged are real people too!).

Kind in Mind: From a safety perspective, if you come across the tour that doesn’t have reliable reviews, be cautious. If you think about it, potentially anyone can pose as a tour company by stealing others’ content and not using original photos, so it’s important for your own safety to ensure these are real people before you travel to a new destination!


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