If you are looking for a Muslim tour package that will fit your Muslim values, then you need to be aware of some potential roadblocks before you start your search. It’s not always easy to find a good compromise between your beliefs and having a good time. In this post, we will explain some of the pitfalls that can come up when you want to find a Muslim tour and what kinds of things you should stay on the lookout for to ensure that you have a pleasant and rewarding experience.
The first thing to check is whether the tour employs locals as guides and for other tasks and services. Nobody knows an area like a local, and that goes double for religious tours. You want your staff to be as knowledgeable as possible so that you can benefit from your tour. If the workers are local, it means you can learn about the local culture in a way that a foreign guide wouldn’t be able to show you. It is also an opportunity to support the local economy. This is definitely a case where going local is the right way to go. If the company does not have local workers and guides, then you should question how much they really know about the area. Using a local provides a better experience and usually is cheaper than flying in a foreign guide, so if you see foreign guides then something is off.
The next thing you should question is the tour company’s dedication to Muslim principles. Examine their promotional materials and website to make sure that they embrace the concept of living Halal. It is rare, but it does happen that companies advertise themselves as friendly to Muslims without actually being so- they might fail to seek out Halal food or otherwise compromise your beliefs. If you want to enjoy the experience, it is essential that the company make you comfortable that they understand and respect your values. You won’t know for sure until you actually go on the tour, but you can look around to see how they present themselves. Take a look at the pictures they show you, the food they mention, and the destinations they visit to determine if they seem to be in keeping with Halal.
Finally, tour quality. Does the tour actually visit interesting places and provide good background information about them? Make sure the tour is well-organized and that it has a good schedule. You don’t want hours of dead time, and you also don’t want to have to rush from one place to another. Ensure that the schedule is reasonable and that you will spend enough time at each place to learn about it, but not so much that you sacrifice seeing a variety of sights. Look at several different tours of the same area to learn which sights are the highlights and which are unique offerings from each company. If possible, talk to some locals or people who have visited the area to learn about which things are worth seeing and which are not.
If you are thinking about a tour in the near future and you want it to adhere to your Muslim principles, then you need to do your due diligence and research any tour company before spending money. That way, you can avoid any potential mishaps from selecting a tour that does not respect your beliefs. It’s important to be careful about this research due to how many companies out there do not fully comply with all Halal principles.