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What Is Under30Experiences, and Is It Legit? [In-Depth Review]

Updated on:  
February 9, 2022
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Raeesha Ikram
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Tired of visiting touristy attractions just to be met with large crowds and uncomfortable vendors? Under30Experiences aim to fix that by finding you new, sustainable, and local experiences while allowing you to make new friends during your trip. Sounds amazing, but does it live up to its hype? Keep reading to find out.

A survey on young travelers show that young adults - millennials in general, hunt for local, authentic, and adventurous experiences. They love solo travel but are also keen to embrace opportunities to meet new people. 

So, if you are new to traveling or don’t have the time to plan a trip and make necessary arrangements, the best option would be to book a guided trip with a tour company. 

Thankfully, there are travel companies specially geared towards young travelers, offering both guidance and flexibility to enjoy travel better. For example, in the reviews we've made about EF Ultimate Break and G Adventures, we've found that they're quite popular in offering vacations tailored for young adults. 

Under30Experiences is another similar service that caught our attention because it has a lot of raving reviews on the internet. The company identifies itself as an “experience company,’ promising to offer a unique trip. We were intrigued and wanted to find out more. Here’s our Under30Experiences review! 

Under30experiences logo
Image courtesy: Under30Experiences

What is Under30Experiences?

Started in 2012 by Matt Wilson and Jared O’Toole, Under30Experiences is a company that offers guided group trips for travelers aged 21-35, although folks above 35 are welcome as well. It aims to make traveling accessible, stress-free, fun, and adventurous for travelers.  

Under30Experiences’ itineraries focus on off-the-beaten-path attractions, local experiences, sustainable travel practices. The company also promises you a safe experience with experienced and well-trained staff accompanying your group. 

What is included in an Under30Experiences trip?

Generally, a trip package by Under30Experiences covers accommodation, meals (breakfast and dinner), transportation, airport pickup, and drop-off, and entertainment activities. There is a "Trip Leader" to guide the group throughout the tour.

However, you should bear the airfare to and from the travel destination, travel insurance cost, entry/departure/visa fees, lunch cost, and other additional expenses incurred during the trip. Obtaining travel insurance is mandatory. 

Inclusions and exclusions can change, depending on the travel destination and tour package type. Make sure you read the trip details well and get your doubts clarified to avoid any misunderstandings during the tour. 

Under30experiences home page.
Image courtesy: Under30Experiences

How to book a trip with Under30Experiences?

The “Trip” section on the website lets you browse for tours offered by Under30Experiences. In the drop-down menu, you can select “All Trips” or select a destination of your choice. The trip categories are,

  • Central America and Mexico
  • Europe, Africa, and the Middle East
  • Asia and Oceania
  • South America 
  • USA

You can also view “Last Minute Deals” to find tours at discounted rates. The “Search by Date” option helps you browse for tours that are available on dates convenient for you. You can specify a range of dates and filter the options further by specifying the trip category. 

If you come across a trip that you like, click “See Full Trip” to read the overview, itinerary, and other trip details. You can also read the FAQs or ask a question from the support team to get your doubts clarified. Then, you can book it by selecting the date and paying the deposit or full amount. 

Is Under30Experiences safe?

Yes. The company ensures that the locations, activities, and accommodation options chosen for their tours are safe. However, travelers should also take the responsibility to act with caution. Take the necessary precautions to safeguard yourself and your belongings.

They also have a strong policy against bullying, harassment, and hate speech to guarantee a space for everyone regardless of differences in race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. 

Travel packages for Under30experiences guided group trips.
Image courtesy: Under30Experiences

Advantages of Under30Experiences

  • Impressive customer experience 

Many reviews about Under30Experiences highlighted how organized and safe the tours are. The process of booking a tour is convenient and easy. The staff members are very communicative and offer prompt support whenever necessary. They keep you updated and provide you with all the necessary details regarding the trip. All you had to do, as many travelers pointed in the review, was to show up! 

  • Good choice of activities 

The itineraries by Under30Experiences include loads of interesting things to do and see while ensuring that too many activities aren’t crammed together. It helps you enjoy the tour at a relaxed pace. The best part is in how they select activities. You get to avoid tourist spots and focus more on local attractions that help you understand the lifestyle and culture of its people. Many travelers have highlighted how their tour with this company has impacted their life for the better.

  • An opportunity to meet new people

Most people who use Under30Experiences are solo travelers and fall under the same age category. So, it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded travelers from different backgrounds and enrich your travel experience. There’s a high chance that you will have similar interests and enjoy the activities together. Many have even ended up as best friends and life-long travel buddies. It’s one of the best travel groups for young singles!

Downsides to Under30Experiences

  • limited tour options

The tour options offered by Under30Experiences are very limited. They offer only around 30 trips in total at present which isn’t much. For example, under Asia and Oceania, we only found four tours. On the contrary, its alternatives like G Adventures offer a plethora of choices. We hope they expand their tours in the future as they seem to offer a fabulous experience. 

Under30experiences group trips
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Is Under30Experiences worth it?

Based on many positive reviews, we can say it’s a great choice. But, if you don’t find the group trips you are looking for, we recommend you try other alternatives. In addition to EF Ultimate Break and G Adventures, you can also consider ContikiBusabout, and TruTravels. Busabout has no age limit, making it an ideal choice for those looking for travel groups for adults. 

Our Rating: 4.6/5

Pros:

  • Great customer service
  • Many activites to choose from
  • New experiences than your usual trips
  • Great way to meet new friends

Cons:

  • Limited options to tours offered
  • Not tailored towards all ages
  • You don't know who you'll be traveling with.

What if you'd prefer planning your trips?

If you love planning trips, you will love Pilot - our social travel planner. Get hold of your traveling adventure by planning everything to the dot by yourself. Use the real-time chat feature to get your friends and family on board too. Even if you choose to go with a tour company, you can use Pilot to keep all your travel documents in place, record your experiences, and share them with others! Sign up today! 

Originally published on:  
December 28, 2021

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