Are tours for under 35’s a good thing, or are they all about getting trashed and hooking up? That, my blog reading friends, is the question.
Usually, my internal joy for being independent on all accounts, especially when I travel, makes it hard for me to sign up for tours. I have huge issues with tossing out a large sum of money when there is the chance that I could be saving quite a bit more by doing it myself. Therefore, I don’t have much experience when it comes to these under 35’s type excursions.
But, the issue of an age-grouped tour came up when I was ranting and raving about the idea of Vodkatrain, and I can totally understand both the issue of restricting, as well as the need by the company to do so.
My original thought is that by restricting the target market to this age bracket, you are therefore targeting a certain mindset — one of more laid-back, independent and carefree attitudes. However, is it really necessary to use the age range? By doing so, you may be turning away those really fun and wacky 38 or 42 year olds that could be the best travel mates ever.
Yes, I’m serious about that last point. How many times have you stayed in a hostel to meet some really cool individuals that may not be young physically, but their spirit is inspiring and invigorating on all levels?
Instead, would it be better to use a tag line such as, “for the adventurous spirit”?
My Fraser Island Tour
In August of last year, I went on a tour of Fraser Island with Cool Dingo, which is a company that targets the under 35 crowd. It was great. I absolutely loved the group of people that signed up when I went, and those individuals ranged from young singles to older married couples. One thing was certain: everyone was really laid-back and enjoying the company of others.
In all honesty, I probably could have signed up for any tour of Fraser Island and been happy; the unique scenery made it almost magical. However, there were a few minutes when Heather and I were waiting to be picked up at our hostel by the group bus that I was thanking the Heavens for choosing an under 35’s tour, namely when a huge line of middle-aged couples and seniors lined up to stow their luggage away and board the bus before ours. All that was left on the side of the road were youthful backpackers — the ones that I grew to know over the next couple days.
Going back to my mindset idea, I’d also like to point out that a major reason for loving my Fraser Island tour had to do with my eccentric tour guide, Dave. Dave would not be classified as an under 35 individual, yet he was quite successfully leading an under 35’s tour and doing a stellar job!
Tours For Hooking Up & Getting Trashed
I’m sure there are under 35’s tours that are targeted to helping people get smashed and loose; I’ve heard some pretty crazy stories. Obviously, I haven’t experienced them firsthand, but there was a story of a certain youth bus company’s guide in Australia assuring travelers they would definitely hook up with someone on their trip. I mean… WTF much? Now that is a tour I do not want to be on, but how do you know, really?
A lot of a tour’s awesomeness comes from the people that sign up. You can have a mild-mannered and laid-back group one day and a party-crazy group the next; it’s really luck of the draw.
Or, it could have something to do with geographic location? You might consider a tour in Australia to be more likely a target for party-goers as opposed to… oh… a tour riding the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Just a thought.
How do you feel about tours that target an age range? Do you prefer age anonymous tours, and why?