What do you think of when you hear the term ‘guided tour’. Probably a group of old people, wearing waterproofs and trudging along while a bored tour guide blabbers on, right? Well, it’s time to get that image right out of your mind. Guided tours have made a comeback, and are way more accessible and enjoyable than you might think! You can find ones that are suitable for all ages, and they can give you an insight that no travel guide can. With this new way of thinking in mind, let’s look at three worldwide destinations where the tours are incredible.

The first is Australia’s Great Ocean Road while the second is the Plitvice Lakes, a national park in Croatia. Finally, discover which animal you can get more familiar with than ever before on a guided tour in Sweden.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Australia, while far-flung for many of us, is one of those places that everyone should try to visit at least once. When you’re there, there is loads of stuff to do on your own, without help (aside from applying sunscreen to your back, of course!) However, there are some sights that are significantly enhanced by having a knowledgeable tour guide showing you the way. So, for example, why should you decide to discover the Great Ocean Road with a tour? Well, take the 12 Apostles. On their own they are breathtaking. But know the history behind how they formed makes them even more incredible. Reading about this online or in a guide doesn’t even come close to learning about it while looking at them with your very own eyes.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Upon arriving at this miniature paradise, you’ll be totally tempted to set off on an independent adventure. But wait. This Croatian National Park, near Zagreb, is incredibly vast. Going alone means that you might get lost and end up going around in circles all day. As entry is charged per day, you might end up missing out on the best sites if you don’t have a guide. Veliki Slap, for example, is the largest waterfall in Croatia. Along with the little rowing boats, swarms of native butterflies and incredible lakes, you’ll want to see this. With a guided tour, you can guarantee that you will. And once you’re done, then you can wander off to find your own fun.

Wolf Tracking, Sweden

Another big bonus to going on a guided tour is that they can give you access to things you couldn’t do alone. A perfect example of this is wolf-tracking in Sweden. Because of the snow here, the tracking is done on foot, wearing snowshoes, or on skis! You get to venture out in both the day and the night, knowing that you’re safe and protected even in the dark (thanks to having a guide!) You’ll learn things like how to track wolves in their territories, and how to interpret the different howls and noises they make. If Sweden is out of reach for you, you can make a similar trip in places like Canada, Romania and Yellowstone Park, in the USA.