If you’ve been on a few Contiki trips or are planning on going for round two (or maybe you’re here just for lols) you’ll know that it’s an unforgettable experience. So how are you supposed to top that?!
Well, we’re here to tell you why Contiki is EVEN better the second time around. And the third, fourth, etc - you get the picture. Like a leather jacket, Contiki just gets better the more you wear it…
You know what to expect
This may not sound like a big deal, but a lot of people are nervous before they travel with a group for the first time. Once you’ve been there, done that and you know how it all works (including the fact the coach will leave without you) you’ll be 100x more comfortable with it all. Plus, you can impart your wisdom on first timers!
You know what to pack
Remember the pre-trip panic of trying to figure out if heels were necessary and whether or not a hairdryer was a good use of space? Fear no more! You’ve done a Contiki before and can use your street smarts to figure out what’s a must have in the bag and what didn’t get used at all last time.
You know which seat on the coach is best
Are you a front seater all the way, or a back seat bandit for days? Either way, you already know which seat is best for you and you know what it takes to get it! We certainly don’t condone shoving, but if you want the ideal seat you know it pays to be ready on time…
Budgeting is way easier
You can read all the travel budget guides in the world, but only YOU really know how much you spend, and that’s impossible to know until the second time around. Since you’ve already done one rodeo, you’ll know if you need more bucks for dinner and drinks, or more for shopping because that’s your vibe.
Pro tip: if you can’t remember what you spent, go back through your travel card statements and see what the big items were.
You know how to pace yourself
Y’all know what we’re saying here. Go big or go home is for rookies, it’s slow and steady that wins the race, and Contiki alum know the value of being able to boogie until dawn every night and not having one glorious night at the start of the trip. If you’re going to be a legend at night, you have to be a legend in the morning.
You’re ready for the epic friendships you’re about to make
Going in knowing that you’re about to make new BFF’s for life, you can make room in your heart and prepare your regular, still-nice-but-not-travelling-with-you-friends for the fact they’ll be sharing your company with some newbies again. Saves time on the awkward chats and means you can get down to integrating the groups quicker.
You’re seeing even more of the world
This kinda goes without saying but more travel is always a hard yes from us. Ticking off bucket list destinations is the travel equivalent of a week’s worth of early marks at work.
You’ll hopefully have some change already
If you’re heading back to Europe, the USA or wherever for another go, odds are you’ll have some coveted loose change left over from your last trip. Smaller amounts are the ideal currency for tips and vending machines and you’ll be laughing all the way to the… corner shop? If you’ve got even more cash left over (give us your budget tips plz) you’ll be halfway to your spending money savings goal for this trip too!
You know how many souvenirs you need to buy
Hands up who remembers their first overseas trip and buying tacky gifts for everyone on your Facebook friends list? Don’t worry, same. But now that you’re a seasoned traveller you know who you ~really~ need to buy for, and that’s usually who appreciated the simple gift the most. You’ll be the envy of everyone with an over packed suitcase when at the end you’re able to pack everything easily.
You’re more willing to try it all
This may not be the same for everyone, but when you do a big overseas trip for the first time you can sometimes hold back out of fear (or budget) and not try everything. Then you return home and you’re kicking yourself thinking ‘I wish I had just got that helicopter ride’. Not you this time though! Because this isn’t your first rodeo, you know you’re not missing out on trying that local dish, climbing that mountain or jumping off that boat!
You’re bar is already set pretty high
How is that a good thing you ask? Well, if you’ve done a Contiki already and loved it, you’ll be expecting something pretty damn fabulous for your second time around. Then, when you’re blown out of the water and have ANOTHER great trip, you’ll technically have an even better time! You’re basically operating at 150% and that’s pretty damn amazing.
You know what not to take pictures of
It’s harsh but someone had to say it, you do NOT look at all your travel pics. We can’t tell you whether it’s the selfies or endless landscapes that are relegated to collecting internet dust, but after your first trip you’ll know which snaps are worth taking. They’re the ones that always get shown when you talk about the people you met on your trip, made it onto your curated Instagram feed or made it offline (gasp!) into a photo diary of your holiday.
You’re more confident chatting to the locals
It isn’t just about your Contiki squad. You may already have a few phrases ready to go in the language of the country you’re hitting up, but even if you don’t your past trip has taught you that it’s okay to chat to people outside your bubble and NO ONE knows where the best gelato is more than the locals. While everyone else might be too shy to say ‘hola’ you’ll be in there getting the best tips.
You’re really good at icebreakers
A good old Contiki classic is the icebreaker games and introductions. Sweaty palms won’t be a thing for you because you’ll have your intro planned AND know how to get maximum laughs (and names) from the games.
You get the past travellers discount
Did we mention that you get 5% off if you’ve travelled with us before? Yep, it’s pretty dang sweet and it’s all yours for simply loving us a second time around <3
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