Independent Travel Group
We are going to split this post into two, first discussing the benefits of taking a guided tour, and then discussing the benefits of independent travel.
Some people just do not have the time for independent travel.
Let’s face it catching local transport often takes a whole day or more to get from one destination to another. If you consider the fact that most Americans get on average only 2 weeks paid holidays, independent travel may not work.
Even those in other countries who can get 4-6 weeks off, with this limited time to travel independently you really have to stick to one small region in order to make the most of your stay.
Try to limit the number of countries you visit so you can experience more of the culture of your destination.
Independent travel is not easy.
A lot of travellers, especially when first beginning their around the world adventures, start with group travel on guided tours. This helps them to adjust to this new lifestyle, slowly stretching the comfort zones out until they feel confident enough to take it on themselves.
For some people the thought of trying to order food in a foreign country causes them to faint at their knees. Instead of never leaving the house, a guided tour would be a great way to travel within their comfort zone limits.
Many of my friends kicked off their living in London/ European tour with a Contiki tour. They made a lot of new friends because of it, which meant that they arrived in London to live already knowing someone.
This can be very reassuring to those shy folks who might not be so great at getting out there and meeting people on their own.
After my beerfest tour, we met up several times upon return home to London with our new friends we met on our group tour. It was great to have so many new friends who all shared a common travel memory.
Even when I am traveling independently, there will be many times I will take a guided tour of an historical site or cultural experience.
This is because I want to learn more about the place I am visiting. And I don’t want to be walking around trying to read it from a guide book while I am there.
I want someone to point out certain features, tell me stories about the area and relay the important information. Guided tours are a great way to sit back, absorb the area you are in and allow someone else to tell you all about it.
You have to decide how to get there, how to get around, where to stay, what to eat, what to see, how to change money and who to talk to for help.