Party tours are the new "in" thing among teens in Europe. It's like a rite of passage every teenager goes through before moving on to the "20s" and life as an adult. London, Berlin and Paris are now old-hat for youngsters looking for a summer holiday destination with a sizzling night-life and clubs where the party never stops. The new holiday capitals of Europe are islands with brilliant weather and warm waters.
The beautiful beaches and endless rows of night clubs and bars on these islands are filled with a crush of bodies from all over the continent and beyond. Think about Spanish hotspots like San Antonio on the Island of Ibiza, or Magaluf on Mallorca. Playa de las Americas on Tenerife is another of Spain's sparkling gems that attracts hordes looking for a good time.
It's no surprise that Greece has a few sizzlers like Malia on Crete, Kavos on Corfu, and Laganas on Zante.
Other great spots with a happening nightlife in Greece include Faliraki on Rhodes, and Kardamena on Kos. Sunny Beach in Bulgaria is quickly turning into a clubbing paradise, and so is Ayia Napa in Cyprus.
It's hard to say what makes a handful of islands and cities so special that they attract hundreds of thousands of teens and twentys during the summer like migrating birds. It's not just the geography or climate, because virtually identical places nearby are ignored by this new migratory species of party animals. It's like a giant meetup that everyone has been invited to for the summer, and that's where all the action is going to be.
As a matter of fact, it's such a big deal now that travel and tourism companies now offer specially designed group tours. For example, Thomson Holidays has a program called 2wentys holidays. It combines great group deals with the hottest summer destinations for teens who are intent on partying non-stop for at least a week.
Club 18-30 is a similar offering from Thomas Cook. This division alone sends more than 100,000 young men and women to the aforementioned top party hotspots in Europe. The stunning thing is that the average age of these Club 18-30 travelers is 19, which says a lot about what these tours offer.
Another smaller operation is run by a UK based company called Mainstage Travel, who run Takeover Holidays. They run operations in Magaluf, Zante, Ayia Napa and Malia where they pretty much do a "takeover" of the place!
Sun, sand and sea are necessary ingredients. But it's the irresistible appeal of unlimited booze and no-limits fun with complete strangers that makes tour programs like 2wentys and Club 18-30 such a big deal. The simple fact is that teenagers and young twentys want a holiday where they can cut loose, and there's no better place for it than a foreign island where there are no rules, parents or teachers.
The travel representatives on these party tours are seasoned pros who know exactly where to go and how to get all-night parties started. Everyone's a teenager and there's no one around to tell them what to do (or not). That's what these tour companies do - they bring all the bodies together in the right place where there's plenty of booze and clubs. Somebody kicks it off, and then the fun never stops.
The teen and early twentys are easily the biggest sufferers of travel FOMO on the planet. FOMO Travel has a dedicated section of its website to Party Tours. There you will find heaps of cool information on some of the great party tour operators across the globe.