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We Compared Tour Prices From 10 Years Ago And The Increase Will Shock You

Some have gone up by 98% 😩
Tour Price Increase 10 Years

We can’t do much travelling at the moment, but we can take a lovely little trip down memory lane.

If you’re up for a lesson about inflation, that is.

Anyone who has lived in London will remember TNT Magazine. It was a popular magazine for Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans living in London from 1983 until it went bust in 2013. 😵

Anyway, we did a little digging through their archives and found some interesting shocking price increases in tour costs over the last decade.

Now, while it sux that prices increase over time, but we get that it happens, and we understand why it happens. But, has our salaries gone up at the same rate?

I don’t think so. 😩

P.S. We’d love to hear what you think about these price increases in the comments below.

Topdeck tour prices in 2010

Tour Name 2010 2020 % Increase
14-day Winter Wonder £975.00 £1,799.00 84%
18-day European Odyssey £1,340.00 £2,609.00 94%
13-day Iberian Coast £769.00 £1,349.00 75%

Topdeck’s 18-day European Odyssey tour has seen the price increase by a whopping 94%.

That’s 9.4% per year!

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Contiki tour prices in 2010

Contiki Tour Price Increase
Tour Name 2010 2020 % Increase
Simply Italy £935.00 £1,232.00 31%
European Whirl £1,174.00 £1,722.00 46%
Greek Island Hopper £1,015.00 £1,429.00 40%

Contiki’s tour prices have increased over the last decade, but not near as much as that of Topdeck.

The most significant jump was 46% for the European Whirl tour.

TravelTalk tour prices in 2010

Tour Name 2010 2020 % Increase
Essential Turkey £439.00 £460.00 5%
Croatia Sailing £389.00 £400.00 3%

TravelTalk has always been renowned for offering great tours at excellent prices. And with just a 5% increase in 10 years, they are a top choice for budget-friendly travellers.

Plus they do some pretty epic trips that other operators don’t offer.

Busabout tour prices in 2010

Buabout Tour Price Increase

You can be sure that when Busabout reemerges from its COVID-19 deep sleep that its prices will be much higher to help recover from the devastation of 2020.

On The Go Tours, 2010

On The Go Tours Prince Increase
Tour Name 2010 2020 % Increase
Kenya to Cape £1,399.00 £2,182.00 55%
Road to Jordan £849.00 £1,486.00 75%
Passage to Petra £499.00 £990.00 98%

It certainly looks like On The Go Tours have been on the way up since these prices first published a decade ago.

With a 9.8% increase annually on their Passage to Petra tour, you’d want to hope that the increase is worth it.

Which operators prices increased the most?

It’s important to note that we have only compared a small selection of tours as listed in this 2010 TNT Magazine edition, and as such, should not be taken as 100% accurate.

But it’s quite apparent that there has been a massive increase in tour costs over the last decade – but not every tour operator has increased at the same rate.

🏆 TravelTalk’s tour prices are by far the closest to those from 2010 with just a 5% increase in the tours we compared.

So if price is your ultimate deciding factor, look no further than TravelTalk for your next trip.

Contiki came in second best with a maximum of 46% price increase.

But Topdeck and On The Go Tours, both have the most significant with upwards of 94% price increase since 2010.

So, who will you be travelling with next?

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Yasmin
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Yasmin
2 months ago

My bf and I did a Croatia sailing trip with Travel Talk back in 2008 and it was amazing and cheap! That’s why we booked with them.

Lucy
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Lucy
2 months ago

I am not surprised that their prices have increased over the years…. but almost 10% per year is a bit steep

Hamish
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Hamish
2 months ago

and this is why I always book my travels independently. Yes you’ll still get price hikes but nothing on this level

Ella
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Ella
2 months ago

I work for a tour operator (not one that is mentioned in this blog though). Our prices have gone up a hell of a lot in the last 10 years too. Taxes, rents, insurance, fees, technology and staff are just some reasons why the tour price increases year by year.

Its not fair to blame tour operators for the increase in prices when this is out of our control

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2 months ago
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Hi Ella,

We’re certainly not blaming tour operators. The purpose of this blog is to highlight that increase in tour prices over the last decade.

We totally get why prices increase (we addressed this at the start of the blog), but it is interesting to see how much of an increase some operators have compared to others listed in the 2010 TNT Magazine.

Wishing you the best in your travel job during this crazy period.

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