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Guided Tours vs. Independent Tours
When you’re planning to travel to a foreign destination such as Europe, Asia, Africa or Australia, the first thing you will have to decide is if you will go on an escorted trip, or an independent one. An escorted trip is when you travel with a set group of people, including a tour guide. You’ll travel, eat, stay, explore and shop with this group of people.
Independent travel, however, is when you chose your itinerary. You can follow your own itinerary as you please, but you must navigate your own way around the foreign city. Since both types of vacation are extremely different, it may help to look at the benefits and drawbacks of each before you decide what type of traveler you are.
Escorted Travel Benefits
Escorted travel is a great option for some travelers because of the social aspects it provides. Since all the members of the group are experiencing the same sites, conversation and friendship are inevitable between members. New friends and relationships are easy to gain through escorted tours. A tour guide is also provided for escorted travel groups. Tour guides can be a great benefit for members of a group because they can get more questions answered and can obtain in-depth history about certain sites, unlike those who may be viewing these sites alone. A tour guide can also be very valuable in cities that use a foreign language you’re not familiar with. The tour guide can help you with shopping and ordering food to make sure there is no communication breakdown between languages.
Independent Travel Benefits
As an independent traveler, you are able to choose the sites that interest you. If a certain tourist attraction is something that you have no desire to see up close, you can skip it and replace it with something more up your alley, like a boat ride or a museum visit. If you’ve done some research on the destination and found a few smaller attractions that aren’t considered tourist hotspots, you can add them to your itinerary.
If you are fearful of navigating through a foreign city, an unescorted vacation may not be a good choice for you. While you may have an itinerary, you are still responsible for the guidance and navigation of the city and getting from site to site. The cost of transportation, meals and site admission fees can add up pretty quickly. Some independent travelers find that while they enjoyed the freedom and adventure of their vacation, the actual cost was more expensive than an escorted tour package.
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