Vacations are often imagined to be a visit to a worthwhile destination which is usually limited to a single country. But why would you limit your holiday to a trip to only one? Country-hopping has become one of the most sought-after vacation ideas wherein you can fit multiple destinations in a single trip. While it may seem costly given the fare and accommodations you would need to prepare for, there are airlines and cruise lines which may offer it as a package.
Do not be discouraged if the package does not suit your preference because you can book the connecting flights by yourself. However, if you are looking for the most convenient way to do country-hopping, booking a cruise is recommended.
Compared to a self-planned trip, a cruise gives you all around convenience because almost everything is planned. From the meals you will be eating to the length of the trip and the destinations, everything has been pre-arranged for you. Unlike a single out-of-the-country trip, you will be able to visit five or more countries over at least a week. On top of that, it only counts as a single trip.
There is a wide variety of cruises a traveller can choose from. Bundles may vary throughout the year. These may range from Southeast Asia trips to the classic Mediterranean cruise, to tropical islands of the world.
Booking a cruise basically gives you the opportunity to explore multiple countries without having to worry about hotel accommodations as well as restaurants where you should eat. Other than these, the cruise experience does not end with the country exploration during the day because cruise lines offer numerous services which you can avail such as a casino, shops, massage lounges, pools, as well as ballrooms.
A cruise also has its setbacks, though.
Individuals will only be given a certain number of hours to visit and explore per destination. Given that, you may not be able to experience the culture of the country nor explore it thoroughly. This is mostly because activities are crammed in the limited time that you have been given. Also, there are certain days that you will be staying in the boat for you are still in the middle of the sea traveling to the next country.
Aside from this, you would have to prepare for hidden costs which may come along the cruise you booked. For example, an excursion trip which you will opt for convenience whenever you dock on a port. This, however, may be avoided by booking excursions ahead of time and not necessarily on the day itself.
Nevertheless, a cruise can offer a one of kind country-hopping experience in a single trip. If you plan to book a cruise, be sure to get the package which can bring you to the destinations you want to visit. Do not forget that it is better to book in advance so that you can prepare well for the trip. This way you can enjoy its entirety.
Lastly, having known the countries you will be visiting upon booking, do some research on the must-sees and activities you can do in each destination.