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Old 08-04-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: texas
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When my wife and I travel, we always strive to see as much of the "old country" as possible. We live by the notion, that if we are in a country that does not predominately speak English, we take a guided tour. If the country is predominately a English speaking country, we travel on our own. Are there others out there that do the same?
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If a person intends to do quite a bit of overseas travel during his lifetime, I think it is crucial to, fairly early on, go on an unguided, unplanned tour, in order to establish your sense of confidence that you CAN to it. Just buy an air ticket to some overseas country, and see what it is like to go day to day making your plans and arranging your travel and accommodations on the fly.

You may find that it's not your style. OK, then, you know, and you can stop wondering, and resume your guided tour. At worst, you can get there, become disgusted with self-guided, and go to a travel agency and buy a guided tour on the spot to cover the remainder of your vacation.

I've always felt that you can't go traveling looking for adventure. You can only go there and let adventure find to you. The worst things that happen to you will be your richest memories.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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No guided tours at all for me, I have wonderful trip memories simply by planning a lot in advance, but always going places by myself.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Never a guided tour, no matter the language.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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I like to just wander around with a good guidebook and sense of adventure and friendliness. I really don't like big groups, tour buses or guides, but some people need that.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Chciago
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When my wife and I travel, we always strive to see as much of the "old country" as possible. We live by the notion, that if we are in a country that does not predominately speak English, we take a guided tour. If the country is predominately a English speaking country, we travel on our own. Are there others out there that do the same?
In many places it's just not practical or safe to rent a car and drive around by yourself.

Rather than go on a guided group tour however you can just hire a private driver, usually cheaper than organized tours to. Plus you can go wherever you want stay as long as you want etc.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In many places it's just not practical or safe to rent a car and drive around by yourself.
But there are local buses, which is how everyone else there gets around.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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No guided tours at all for me, I have wonderful trip memories simply by planning a lot in advance, but always going places by myself.
Same here. We like to do things at our own pace!
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: texas
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Hmmm....some interesting responses. We do like to travel by ourselves alot. It's just in certain countries, we feel safer with a guide(Kuwait is one) than without one.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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The primarly language should not be the reason for guided vs. unguided. What about a country like the Netherlands where it seems that 99% percent of the population speaks excellent English? We Americans are spoiled on that point - if you know English, you are already set for world travel. It's the language of tourism.

But, there are indeed some countries where unguided travel is not logistically easy, or just a hassle. Mostly in 3rd world countries that don't have a well developed tourism infrastructure. You can still do it, but it just adds an element of hassle into what should be a stress free holiday. Some middle eastern and asian countries are like that. It's a toss up, unguided travel adds an element of suprise to a visit, and one has a more rewarding travel experience. I can't imagine however why one whould need a guide in the visitor-friendly countries of Europe.
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