Multi-destination holidays involve splitting your holiday time between two or more destinations. This could be several areas of the same country, staying for a few days in each. Or it could mean visiting more than one country on the same trip.
They are particularly popular for long-haul destinations, where you may decide to break up your travelling time to a destination, with a short stay in another place on the way. Or, you might want to explore several places as part of a group tour, escorted by a licensed guide to make the most of each destination. With travel beginning to bounce back, and lots of people desperate for a long holiday, we’ve put together a guide for planning multi-destination trips in 2022! Here are five things to think about.
#1 Where should I go?
Some places combine better as a multi-destination holiday than others. But it really depends on the type of holiday you want to have.
A multi-destination tour also allows you to make the most of two or more different types of holiday. So you can include sightseeing with adrenaline-fuelled sports or the bright lights of a city with a beach break.
Is history your thing? If so, then a tour around Egypt incorporating Luxor and Cairo and a cruise along the Nile is a great way to see several sights, whilst also giving you some relaxation time. Alternatively, combining Egypt’s ancient treasures with a few days of sun, sea and sand at the Red Sea can be a great multi-destination holiday idea. Or for a proper adventure, bolt on a few days in Jordan and Israel after exploring the Land of the Pharaohs.
If relaxation is what you want, think about combining Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the ultimate luxury beach retreat. Or explore India’s Golden Triangle, then fly to Goa for some R&R.
Need adventure in your life? Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand are ideally situated for experiencing a thrilling multi-destination tour through Indochina, featuring magnificent temples, vestiges of war, and vibrant entertainment for a truly eclectic holiday.
#2 What travel options are available for my trip?
The beauty of multi-destination holidays and tours is that you can often do them without having to fly. Boat travel is still a popular method, particularly through some of the fascinating rivers and waterways. And trains offer beautiful vistas as you travel through countries.
With multi-destination holidays it is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So, decide what you want from your trip and you will almost certainly find a way to get around that suits your plans. Just remember to travel light, as you don’t want to be lugging large suitcases around, hindering your journey.
#3 What paperwork do I need?
When travelling to various destinations, you need to make sure that your travel insurance, visas and passport are all up to date and relevant for your trip. Each country has different rules as to how long after your arrival a passport needs to be valid. These generally range from three months up to a year. You don’t want to be caught out and find you can’t enter a country as your documentation is out of date, or soon-to-be. Travelling in 2022 means that you also need to be up to speed with any COVID-19-related requirements. This includes documents such as proof of vaccination, declaration forms, or negative tests, which certain countries still require as a condition of entry.
Insurers also like to know if you are going to more than one place, you want to be covered for your transport and travelling, so it is important to note any more unusual methods you might be undertaking.
Visas are also a sticky subject, with entry requirements differing from place to place. Make sure to research thoroughly what is required for each country you are travelling to, or through. On The Go Tours have a dedicated Visa page for each of their destinations. So, you can find out exactly what you need to know before you book your trip!
#4 Are vaccinations required?
Some countries suggest (or even mandate) that you should vaccinate yourself against diseases that are particularly prevalent in that area. Examples include malaria, yellow fever, or hepatitis. And your doctor will be able to advise on what is required for the countries you are travelling to.
COVID-19 vaccinations are also still part of a traveller’s health considerations, and lateral flow tests or PCR tests are still needed for some travel. It is important to check what the current regulations are before you set off. Each country will likely have different rules to follow.
#5 Currency, culture and customs
It may seem obvious, but if you are travelling through different countries and continents, then most will have different currencies. Even if you intend to pay for most items on a credit card, being able to tip in the local currency is important. So you will need to have some cash on you to enable you to do this.
Also, some countries will have their own customs to which you may not be used, so knowing if you need to cover up your legs and arms for religious reasons, or the correct way to greet someone means you won’t be left feeling embarrassed, or worse. These are likely to differ in each area you visit. Researching the cultures and laws of each country, and planning accordingly, will be of definite benefit.
Time to start planning your multi-destination trips
Multi-destination holidays offer travellers a great way to see different places in a short space of time. A guided tour provides a guaranteed itinerary and ensures you won’t miss anything. It’s also a brilliant choice for solo travellers, who may be wary of going it alone without that structure and support network. However, and wherever you decide to go is ultimately up to you – the world is your oyster.
On The Go Tours offer a great variety of multi-trip and multi-destination tours and holidays to destinations around the world. Check out their popular group tours, or enquire with their teams about a custom Tailor-made holiday!