Vacation: Guided Tours vs. solo travel??

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Vacation: Guided Tours vs. solo travel??
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Mon, 02-23-2004 - 12:47pm
Hello all,

I am thinking about European travel this summer (much later in the summer) and am quite sure that I will be traveling alone. I have looked into some guided tours, where you are with other people with the same destination interest, but am not sure about this. They seem to be cheaper in that they are mostly all inclusive but are they fun or not? Do any of you know? I am thinking about Provence or Tuscany, both of which I have found 10-day tours for. So, which is better? Or what are the pros and cons of guided tours?

Thanks for input!

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~Gandhi

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Registered: 02-10-2004
Tue, 02-24-2004 - 9:09am
Hi again (just sent email to your profile mail)

You pose an interesting question. Basically, you need to decide whether you would be happier travelling with a group of strangers (could be cool, and sometimes the company is good) or with yourself. Personally, I have found that I enjoy the freedom to travel alone and see the places I want to see, rather than wasting time with honeymooners and couples, but if you are the type of person who needs constant companionship maybe a group tour would be better. Or can you do a tour in which you have time alone for exploring independently and having meals or short tours with the group? There is definitely something to be said for shared experiences, but on the other hand there is a certain freedom and self-awareness to be found in travelling alone. Since you will be in western europe, I would think it easier travelling alone (which I wouldn't do so much of in certain Asian countries) but also it may depend on your language skills.

Either way, it promises to be an exciting trip!! I wish I could go!!

best wishes,

Julia

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Registered: 07-24-2003
Tue, 02-24-2004 - 11:38pm
research it big time.

the group trip is probably the way to go unless you've traveled alone before & know you like it.

especially if it's to a foreign country.

but.....group trips can be trying if you're not well matched w/ the group & the goals of the others.

it's more than just the itinerary on paper- call & talk to the guide to make sure you are into that part & i'd try to question tour co. about the kinds of people, what they do w/ free time on the trip etc...

it is often a better deal $ for group.

 Katrina
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Registered: 07-24-2003
Tue, 02-24-2004 - 11:39pm
do go on a european vacation- best things ever were all the wonderful seasons of my life spent in europe. fantastic.
 Katrina