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View Poll Results: Tour groups vs. travel on your own?
I like to travel with a tour company/group. 0 0%
I like to plan my trips on my own. 23 76.67%
I like a little bit of both (i.e., plan your own trip but have a day-long group tour squeezed in). 7 23.33%
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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i imagine a group can get discounts and find their way around easier but on my own i can do whatever i want when i want. the only groups i have seen are either elderly or asian. or even both in one.
During my recent vacation to NYC, I ran into this huge group of Australian tourists who were likely in their early twenties .... I think tour groups are ideal if you don't have a travel buddy and are unfamiliar with an international destination.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:37 AM
 
Location: New York
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During my recent vacation to NYC, I ran into this huge group of Australian tourists who were likely in their early twenties .... I think tour groups are ideal if you don't have a travel buddy and are unfamiliar with an international destination.
I would agree with this comment if you had ran into a bunch of teenagers from France who didn't speak good English.... but I am surprised that a bunch of Aussie twenty year olds aren't more adventurous.
Most Aussies I've met took a year off after school to travel the world. Pretty standard in Australia I heard.
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Old 07-11-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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NO 3 / INDEPENDENT but with DAILY TRIPS squeezed in, I did it last winter in CR and it was extremely pleasant (small groups).
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Can't handle group tours of any length but love walking tours or day trips that are guided. You learn so much more than by bumbling around by yourself, and I have met compatible people that way, too.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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1. Look on internet and write down stuff to do and places to go
2. Find 3 places to stay at each city we are likely to visit
3. Fly in plane
4. Upon landing, wing it

If there was something obvious where winging might be problematic (China near Spring Festival time) maybe make some reservations, or if arriving later in the evening book one night.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:14 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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1. Look on internet and write down stuff to do and places to go
2. Find 3 places to stay at each city we are likely to visit
3. Fly in plane
4. Upon landing, wing it

If there was something obvious where winging might be problematic (China near Spring Festival time) maybe make some reservations, or if arriving later in the evening book one night.
Now that's my style. Life's too short for any other way.
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:17 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I would agree with this comment if you had ran into a bunch of teenagers from France who didn't speak good English.... but I am surprised that a bunch of Aussie twenty year olds aren't more adventurous.
Most Aussies I've met took a year off after school to travel the world. Pretty standard in Australia I heard.
I'm betting it was a university tour.

There is some danger to traveling independently. Your kids learn to do the same and then when they turn 18, they think it would be a good idea to head off to Peru with one friend who has never traveled. That's when it's a good idea for mom to step in. . . and invite herself along.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Being to over 50 countries and have never being on an organised tour, if you exclude day tours.

I would take an organised tour traveling into a war zone or some of the more troubled nations in Africa, and North Korea of course, where you dont have a choice.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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I liked tours when I was young and single, and I couldn't find anyone that wanted to travel out of the US.

Now, it's all my planning, but I don't mind the occasional day trip somewhere as long as I don't have to walk around with the whole group the whole day.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:14 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I'm almost sworn to solo travel. Went on a trip with 11 friends a few years ago. It was fun but we didnt stick in one big group. There were a couple of options for smaller tours. But I still felt constrained.

I prefer setting my own agenda and maybe taking some day trips/adventures.

Maybe when I get older and have seen 'enough' I'll be one of the jaded cranky people on a bus tour.
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