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My first time travelling solo was on a Contiki tour through Europe. Rumours were flying that Contiki is all about people getting drunk and performing crazy antics. I made myself a promise, I was not going to party all night and sleep all day on the bus.

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Dylan & ashleigh’s story

Contiki Tours are an organised group tour of young like-minded travellers from around the world, in groups of people, aged The tours can span from a couple days, to 1 week, 2 weeks or even up to 45days, so there is something for every type of traveller. Contiki tours are perfect for first time travellers, solo travellers, social travellers, adventurers and groups.

You should take this into consideration before planning your trip, because this pretty much means, no sleeping in, lots of hours on a bus and less time to explore some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. But fret not, there are also tours that offer a more relaxed pace, offering you more time at each destination to see and do more.

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Contiki tours are perfect because they take away the headache of planning. Planning your own trips takes a lot of time and researching. Before departure, Contiki provides you with a passport wallet to bring on your travels. Tours leaving from London have a kick-start meeting at the Contiki Basement the night before the trip departs.

On Bedford Way, it is clearly ed. The meeting is quite underwhelming. The name gave me the impression that we were all going to sit down and get to know a bit about each other and learn all about what will be going on with the tour and learn the rules etc. The reality was a little intro with two other tour groups, checking our details Travel Insurance and Emergency Contacts and meeting our Trip Managers.

Mariah & tristan’s story

The price for these is not included in the overall tour cost, so you can basically pay per optional activity. The price range for these can really range, some perfectly fitting to the average budget, and some are more costly — like skydiving in Switzerland. Then you are given a few days to pay, they are generally pretty flexible. Your TM will give you a short tour of the area as well as providing a map and highlighting the popular landmarks for you — from there you are off to roam for yourself. Contiki offers a good balance between guided time and history lessons, i.

In other places you may be offered a short walking tour which is great as an introduction. As I said before, Contiki is perfect for taste-testing a destination. You will always get to see the major landmarks in each country. No doubt about it.

In Paris? You will stand on top of the Eiffel Tower. The smaller things, might not meet your expectations, where the itinerary says you will see something, it may just be a drive by, or a short stop. One of the biggest perks of being on a Contiki tour, is that they get you access to things that would be difficult to plan yourself, like skipping long lines at the Eiffel Tower.

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Your Trip Manager TM is one of the most important assets of your journey. They know everyone and they know pretty much anything about the destinations — they are there to answer your questions, and inform you on the local history, attractions and also provide you information regarding the tour.

Your TMs and your driver can pretty much make or break your trip.

The driver is the one responsible for getting you from point A to point B, and the more experienced the driver, the more likely he is to know all the short-cuts, back routes, and ways to avoid rush hour — so fingers crossed they are perfect with time management. During your journey you are also able to use hashtags for your TM and Driver — and they pick their favourites to go towards winning more Contiki Tours.

ContikiMike ContikiPaolo. Your Contiki Family will become your family away from home.

Mariah & tristan’s story

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be on time. If the bus leaves without you, you are pretty much left to sort out how to meet them at the next destination. Contiki has accommodations at both ends of the spectrum. They usually level themselves out — i. Either way, they have their plus sides.

Dylan & ashleigh’s story

The negative to the accommodations located further away from the city, you may have to organise transportation to get back and forth. The Contiki bus always offers fixed pick-up and drop-off times, and your TM will always let you know how to get around by public transportation. On Contiki tours, you have the option to share a room with 1 to 3 people, or single.

For most trips you will only have to share with one other, though when booking the trip, you have the freedom to make this choice.

Each tour and its location varies on the quality and types of foods and how many meals are provided in the overall cost. If you have a dietary requirement, Contiki is happy to accommodate you and ensures you get a special meal at group dinners.

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A perfect way to get to know your fellow travellers, it allows people to let off some steam, get more comfortable around these strangers and dance, a lot. Trying local drinks is always fun — and if you plan for it, you can hit up Oktoberfest in Germany! When there are group events on at night, the coach will take you there.

Most of the time there will also be a pick-up time, but it is NOT available late at night. The general routine through the week was to go out every second night before coach days, as you can nurse the hangover without wasting a day of travelling. There will be hookups.

People are away from home, making new experiences, far far from the general judgey people that they know from home. Contiki is pretty much a conductor for hookups, putting a large group of young adults together, all high on life, seeing the world, and mix that with some nights out and alcohol, you can see where this is going. You might even get a holiday romance on board the coach, ContikiCouple. Pack clothes that can mix and match together instead of a new outfit everyday. As well as this, you should think ahead about what sort of luggage you want to bring, backpack or suitcase.

There WILL be a theme party.

Sometimes after arriving at a new destination you are gifted a few hours before dinner, but some people choose to use this time to explore the local area or socialise — time will fly. When driving from one place to another, after departure, your TM will let you know when your next stop is, which is usually somewhere to refuel, grab a snack and take a bathroom break.

Sometimes the coach takes you the scenic route when first arriving to give you a scope of the beautiful city, it all depends on time. Your coach is your home, so keep it clean and respect it. Chances are high that a few of your fellow travellers will be cursed with the Irish flu, so this is something to consider on nights out, can you handle the hangover?

There are plastic bags available throughout the coach. The bus has a clock visible at the front, and nice big windows that are cleaned nightly by the driver. By the toilet in the centre of the bus there is a charging station — but you will still need adaptors. This song will play for the rest of your trip, to psych you up each morning. Pack cold and flu tablets, whatever you need.

Travelling with my contiki fam at home

Sitting in a bus of circulated air means if one person is sick, chances are someone else will get it. They will hand you an envelope, and you can put whatever you want in it. Take advantage of that and go out, see your friends, explore your hometown. See here. Check out their website: www.

Feel free to ask me any questions you have about Contiki tours! Holly is the founder and content creator of THATraveller. Holly travels the world, photographing, writing and vlogging about all of her journeys.

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What social life is like on contiki

Trip Manager and Drivers. Contiki Rules. Drinking and Parties. Just so you know. Down Time. On the Road. Getting the most out of your travels, my top tips: Your attitude is everything. Be positive or your negativity will bring you down.

Do the things that you enjoy.

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