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Old 02-28-2017, 09:18 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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Bus tours, contrary to what some have said here, are very popular, especially for European trips. We've been on two previously and are planning another for this year.
As someone who normally avoids group tours, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed my first bus tour when I visited Portugal a few years ago. I wanted to see the countryside but I didn't feel like driving, nor did I feel like taking public transport to all of my destinations. So I went on this small van tour (there were only 4 in the van: me, my husband, another tourist from Brazil, and the driver), and we went on a day tour to see some beach towns, countryside, stopped for lunch at a little hole-in-a-wall seafood hut, it was fantastic! Now, I wouldn't exactly start booking for my next bus tour just yet, but I would totally sign up for a small tour like that again.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:26 AM
 
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I find Trip Advisor forums to be invaluable, not just the reviews. There are regulars that hang out there, many locals, that help travelers with all the details and ideas. I have learned so much about places I am traveling from these forums.
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Old 03-13-2017, 08:08 PM
 
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We did five weeks in Scotland. Searched for places we wanted to see, guessed how long each place, checked with ferry seduces as needed 14 trips on them and then found most b&b and booked them left a few nights as floaters. As it turned out it was almost prefect other than the weather being unseasonably cold. The longest planned tour we have ever done was a single day outing from Havana and it was nice running into angle hones as few in most days in Havana. For out trip back to Scotland there will be one or two one day trips planned otherwise it is pick up the map, head out and turn off the GPS first time she tells us not to stop at a scenic spots forcing her to recalculate. And we might buy one here so Ms GPS does have a Scotia acent.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:39 AM
 
Location: On the road
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I took me less than 15 minutes using a few web sites to come up with this list for Tokyo and Japan
The robot fights place near Shinjuku!

I forget the name, can't beat beer and robots.
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Old 03-16-2017, 05:43 AM
 
Location: On the road
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but it takes education, culture, knowledge of history curiosity to appreciate cities such as Istanbul or Kyoto.
Nonsense. Both can be appreciated by any tool on a tour group.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Way up high
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Next year we'll be heading to Italy/Paris so I'll do all my research online and book asap. My bf and her husband are going at end of April but on a tour. I don't want to do that but she can also give me good advice.
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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A five year old knows the Grand Canyon is beautiful, but it takes education, culture, knowledge of history curiosity to appreciate cities such as Istanbul or Kyoto.
lol haha
As blunt as some may think you are, but I like your posts. Crude and raw with a subtle humor.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:32 PM
 
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I find Trip Advisor forums to be invaluable, not just the reviews. There are regulars that hang out there, many locals, that help travelers with all the details and ideas. I have learned so much about places I am traveling from these forums.
Trip Advisor is good, except for restaurant suggestions. For that it stinks. Its a good way to eat at subpar places. The last people I would rely on for where to eat is tourists, exactly the people doing the reviews there.

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A five year old knows the Grand Canyon is beautiful, but it takes education, culture, knowledge of history curiosity to appreciate cities such as Istanbul or Kyoto.
lol
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Old 03-26-2017, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Thanks guys!
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I've never ever used a travel agent, I love doing research myself as that is part of the fun. And the resources available on the net are far superior to any travel agent, you can discuss first hand on forums with people who have already been there, get tips and tricks and find off the beaten path spots that no travel agent can ever tell you.

My itineraries are usually very customized and complex so I prefer to attend to each detail myself so I know what is going on. For instance my trip this August is to Kenya and Tanzania open jaw with 8 different flight segments to maximize the paltry vacation time I have from my job.. but also has buffers built in incase things go haywire (and any experienced traveler will tell you that you always have to have a Plan B ready to execute!). A travel agent may not be able to plan something in such detail or may not care.

Travel agencies are still useful for people who are highly inexperienced with traveling (and there are a still a humongous number of those people surprisingly!!).
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