**Updated : June 2023**
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We think it's important to note that each tour destination through each company can run differently, so for example, our experience with Intrepid in India could be different than an experience with Intrepid through Vietnam, and the same goes for EF Ultimate Break. The people on your tour can also vary widely, and these reviews are only based on our personal experiences.
Intrepid - A Review
When we booked our tour with Intrepid earlier this year, we booked it only about 2 weeks before departure and soley based on the cheap price. I mean, who can pass up a 16 day trip for $625 a person? Our trip was their "Basix" package and catered to travelers aged 18-29, however we were easily able to get special permission for Tyler to join the tour, who was just outside the age range at 30 years old. For the next 16 days we would be traveling with a new group of friends throughout India, riding trains, visiting a world wonder, and making incredible memories. Some "pros" of traveling with Intrepid is that you have a lot of free time, and you're free to do pretty much whatever you want. You also have a group of travelers that are interested in the adventure, authentic experiences, and learning about the culture of a given place. On the other hand, some "cons" of traveling with Intrepid is that the "Basix" package is very basic, and there weren't any meals or many activities included. Tours also aren't all inclusive, meaning flights don't come with.
Intrepid is great for independent travelers. If you've never been outside the US before or are nervous to travel, this might not be the company for you. If you want a new group of friends to meet up with after exploring on your own, and a guide to tell you some great spots to check out on your own, then Intrepid is the way to go!
EF Ultimate Break - A Review
In total I've been on 4 EF Ultimate Break trips, and Tyler has joined me on one of those. From China to Tanzania, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic (and Egypt later this year), I've been fortunate to travel the world with EF Ultimate Break, and they were even my first "solo" international trip! From my personal experience, I would say the percentage of first time travelers is much higher with EF Ultimate Break - however - the percentage of repeat travelers is also much higher. On most of my trips, the average age of travelers was in the low 20s, meaning a bit more nightlife and partying. EF Ultimate Break is also known to be very "Instagramy" meaning that a majority of their itineraries are specifically designed to hit the most popular spots and get you the perfect photo. Some "pros" of traveling with EF Ultimate Break is you'll get a super fun community of new friends, many of which will want to plan a future trip with EF Ultimate Break as well! They also have a more "all-inclusive" approach, meaning there are many more included activities and meals. On the other hand, some "cons" of traveling with EF Ultimate Break is that their itineraries are VERY fast paced, and many times you don't get a lot of free time to explore on your own. Activities are often chosen based on Instagram worthiness and there will be a LOT of picture taking.
EF Ultimate Break is the perfect company for travelers that might be taking their first solo or first international trip! With hands on guides and tour directors, as well as an "all inclusive" approach, you'll have someone there the entire time to lead your adventures. Travelers with EF Ultimate Break are typically a bit younger, and are often looking to adventure during the day and continue the party at night! You'll also be hitting all the IG spots while touring a country!
We've personally been to China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Tanzania through EF Ultimate Break and India through Intrepid. Leave your comments or any questions you have below!
Watch our Adventures in India here!
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