Community Choice Awards 2019: Tours & Trips

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page."

Traveling is one of the most powerful experiences you can have, and part of our mission at Go Overseas is to encourage more travelers to have meaningful travel experiences. Whether that's studying abroad, teaching abroad, or booking a guided tour, we provide resources that help you choose the type of travel that's right for you.

As of 2019, the Tours & Trips part of our site is the newest area of meaningful travel resources we provide. Over the past year, we've worked with tour providers to create new travel resources and encourage travelers to leave reviews from their own trips overseas. We've looked at those reviews to identify the stand-out tour providers here on Go Overseas, including across the five categories we ask reviewers to rate: Value, Support, Fun, Staff, Organization. Read on to discover the top tour and trip providers from 2019.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top Tours & Trips Providers

When you choose to travel, you have a world of options to choose from... literally and figuratively! Booking a guided tour is a great way to explore the world and connect with fellow travelers, but there's a lot that goes into making a guided tour or trip a great experience. The following providers scored highly across all of the factors we ask travelers to rate about their tour experiences, making them the top tour and trip providers:

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TruTravels

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"I am beyond mesmerized by this amazing experience that I was welcomed into by TruTravels." -Tammie, 19

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Smart Trip Europe

Review Highlight:

"I highly recommend Smart Trip. They make things so much simpler than traveling on your own because they take care of all the logistics and you can just enjoy yourself!" -Katarzyna, 21

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Intro Travel

Review Highlight:

"From the moment I met our leaders Jess, Brendan and Kyle, I was instantly met with excitement from them that was absolutely contagious." -Colleen, 26

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Top Tours & Trip Providers: Value

Booking a guided tour is a different experience than traveling independently -- and it often includes a different level of financial investment. We ask travelers to rate how much value they got for the money they spent on their tour; this varies from person to person and based on the price of the tour, but it gives you a good sense of how well the tour exceeded their expectations. The following providers had top scores in the Value category:

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Feel Free Travel

Review Highlight:

"Just finished the 15 Days in Thailand with Feel Free Travel and it was by far the best tour I have been on since I have been traveling." -Josh, 29

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Trek Epic

Review Highlight:

"I have had the pleasure of completing two treks with Trek Epic, both of which were amazing experiences!" -Alicia, 25

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OneSeed Expeditions

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"Such an amazing experience, a trip of a lifetime for sure." -Whitney, 31

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Top Tours & Trip Providers: Fun

We obviously think that traveling should be a fun experience -- in fact, we ask every reviewer to tell us how much fun they had overseas, for almost every program they rate on our site. For tours and trips, we ask travelers to review how much fun they had during the tour. The following providers had the top scores in the Fun category:

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Feel Free Travel

Review Highlight:

"Just finished the 15 Days in Thailand with Feel Free Travel and it was by far the best tour I have been on since I have been traveling." -Josh, 29

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Explore Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

Review Highlight:

"We just got back from a 2 day tour and we really had to leave a review as we had an awesome time with our tour." -Hans, 30

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Grabatour Travel

Review Highlight:

"The trip was so relaxing but yet wild and crazy." -Mike, 27

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Top Tours & Trip Providers: Staff

On a guided tour, staff can make or break the experience. Great staff members bring expertise, help bond the group, and open up the world you're experiencing in new and interesting ways. We ask reviewers to rate the helpfulness and friendliness of staff on their tours. The following providers had top scores in the Staff category:

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Grabatour Travel

Review Highlight:

"Our group leader was so knowledgeable about the country and was so helpful in organizing activities, and making recommendations for places to go for my upcoming adventure along the east coast." -Taylor

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New York Times Student Journeys

Review Highlight:

"There was never a dull moment, and to this day I find myself reminiscing on the fantastic summer I had with the leaders and other students." -Nicole, 17

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Instituto Hemingway

Review Highlight:

"The application process was a breeze as everything on behalf of Instituto Hemingway was handled extremely efficiently and Alfredo Orive and Jose Lopez were exceptionally helpful and delightful in general in helping me to get to the perfect summer internship in Northern Spain." -Paula, 20

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Top Tours & Trip Providers: Safety

Safety is one of the most important factors we ask reviewers to rate; almost every program on Go Overseas (even those that aren't in the tours & trips category) is rated on safety. In particular, we want to know how safe travelers felt over the course of their tour. The following providers had the top scores in the Safety category:

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Trek Epic

Review Highlight:

"The process was incredible and has rewarded me in several ways. The greatest gift was to explore my inner self in a safe space (with a beautiful scenery!) amongst the most kind and affirming of people." -Tia, 27

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New York Times Student Journeys

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"Through the learning moments and pure fun, traveling with New York Times Student Journeys was simply one of the best decisions of my life." -Imani

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Instituto Hemingway

Review Highlight:

"Instituto Hemingway is a very interesting school to progress and discover Northern Spain, in an international environment." -Frank, 37

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Top Tours & Trip Providers: Organization

The level of organization on a tour can make a world of difference. A well-organized tour runs smoothly and is more enjoyable. We ask reviewers to rate the organization of both pre-trip experience and while they're on the tour. The following providers had top scores in the Organization category:

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GapForce

Review Highlight:

"My decision to go on the Southeast Asia adventure was very spontaneous and out of character for me, and it ended up being the best decision I’ve ever made!" -Lia, 19

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OneSeed Expeditions

Review Highlight:

"Everything about this trip - from our awesome guide, Edgar, to the delicious and plentiful food on the trail - was exceptional." -Matt, 31

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Stoke Travel

Review Highlight:

""Stoke did an incredible job by entertaining us the whole time we were there. We were never missing information or help, always someone there to give advice or put a drink in your hands." -Lisanne, 20

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