Announcing: Custom Trips Now Offered on Stride

By Gavin Delany
April 17, 2018


Introducing Tailor-made Travel

Private winery vineyard tour custom trip

Sometimes off-the-shelf isn't quite the right fit. Tailor-made custom trips allow you to get exactly what you want if you have particular tastes. With the help of a travel expert, you can have an authentic and off-the-beaten path experience that is uniquely you.  

So now we're excited to offer a Custom Trips, where Stride matches you with a local destination expert who will plan a completely tailor-made trip for you. 

You've come to love Stride as the best resource for finding expert-planned group tours, packages, and cruises around the globe.

Many of you were inspired by the itineraries you found on Stride, and were interested in customizing your experience.

We heard you!

Trulli Houses in Sicily Italy Custom Tour

Why Use Stride to Find Custom Trips?

There are a multitude of choices out there for experts and travel agents who plan trips - but how do you know you're getting a true local expert and professional travel planner?

With so much noise on the internet, identifying the best is one of the biggest challenges. 

So we've done the research for you.

When you choose a custom travel experience through Stride, we connect you directly with a pre-vetted human expert on your destination. 

We are currently working with specialists for 90 countries, and are expanding as we work to select the finest experts around.

Why Are Custom Trips Great?

On a trip in Spain and Morocco

When you design a custom made tour, you have the benefit of working directly with a local expert who is also an expert travel planner. They provide the expertise, you provide the personal touches, and the trip becomes an experience that is uniquely suited to you, your interests, and travel style.

You also have much more flexibility. You might find a tour package that's almost perfect, but maybe the dates don't line up, or the itinerary doesn't visit a particular site you really want to see, or there isn't as much free time as you'd like. 

Group touring ruins in Peru

With custom trips, you have the freedom to explore, and the option to include some guided day tours to help provide history, context, and take you a bit deeper into a destination. Plus you'll get local insights and recommendations for meals, shopping, and sightseeing from the expert who puts together your itinerary.

Lastly there is a huge convenience factor to most custom planned trips. It's a great way to get everything done in one place, and with one point of contact. Your flights, accommodations, reservations, transportation can all be arranged by the custom planner.  

Can I Still Find Tour Packages on Stride?

Yes! Don't you worry. 

Standard tours and cruises are still available to over 170 countries, and easily findable on Stride. The Stride you know isn't going anywhere - we're simply expanding to provide more choices so that every kind of traveler can find what they're looking for on Stride in one easy place.

Camel riding in the desert on tour in Morocco

There are lots of great ways to travel, and certain styles may appeal more at different stage of life.

Myself, I've enjoyed everything from guided travel to independently planned multi-day backpacking trips in the wildnerness.

In my youth I tended to prefer choosing my own adventure and enjoying the freedom that comes with being spontaneous. As I got older, the guided tour route became more attractive. I still loved being active but wanted a few more ducks in a row before hitting the road.

Gavin Stride CEO on hiking trip  

On my honeymoon, we combined a few different travel styles. We used a local travel expert and guide for some portions of the trip, and a Yangtze river cruise, which allowed us to enjoy being in once place and watch the world go by in comfort.

Helping You Find Your Perfect Way to See the World 

Eiffel Tower Paris tour

Our vision is to make all types of travel and places around the world easily accessible.

There are many different types of traveler. People have different needs, different budgets, and different interests. And being able to easily find and select the travel style that's going to provide the most fulfilling experience is what we strive everyday to make possible.

Doonegore castle in scotland

The important thing for us is giving you the tools to feel confident in your selection - whether custom designed or fully packaged.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get out there and into the world. Visit a new natural space, learn about a new culture, expand your knowledge surrounding an iconic landmark, or push your limits by climbing a higher peak than the last. 

Norway climbing tour

We love hearing about travelers "firsts"! Whether it's your first guided trip experience, or your first tailor-made journey - leave a review and let us know how it was. 

So what are you waiting for?

Find your perfect trip and get out there to explore the world »

Fisherman in Vietnam custom tour

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