So you’re looking to take a vacation and you’re wondering which option is best – an organized travel package or independent travel. Weighing the pros and cons may help you make your decision. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of organized travel packages.
#1 When you book an organized travel package, you don’t have to worry about any language issues. This is particularly helpful if you’re traveling in a foreign country where they don’t commonly speak your native language.
#2 An organized travel package means you don’t have to worry about making decisions like where to eat or what activity to do next. Most of your day is planned for you and while there is down time and/or free time, for many it may be easier and less stressful to have most decisions made for you.
#3 You have your guide to help you with any questions or problems. Things happen when you’re on vacation and an organized tour guide will be there to help you through anything that comes up. This added security, particularly when you’re in a foreign country, can be quite comforting.
#4 You don’t have to worry about your baggage and transportation. Imagine never having to worry about how you’re going to get where you need to be! And you don’t have to worry about making sure your stuff makes the trip. Pretty great, right?
#5 An organized tour makes it easy to see a lot of great sights and locations in a short period of time.
#1 If you don’t like the people you’re traveling with, you are in for a rough trip. Organized tours mean you’re with a group and if that group is irritating or annoying, you’re kind of stuck with them.
#2 You don’t have the flexibility to make side trips and you’re stuck working on someone else’s time table. That not only includes where you go and when, but also what time you dine and get up in the morning.
#3 You’re generally limited to visiting the most popular sights on a trip and eating at tourist-friendly restaurants. If you like to see what the locals see and eat where the locals eat, then an organized travel package may not be for you.
#4 You don’t have the freedom to choose where you stay. Yes, you choose the package and along with that travel package comes a hotel you presumably approve of; however, you’re limited to that hotel. Independent travel offers much more freedom.
Organized tours can be a great way to see a new and unfamiliar area. You can see the high points of a city or locale. However, you’re often limited to those high points and don’t have the freedom to get out and explore on your own. Before you decide if you’re an organized travel package person or an independent travel person, consider what you enjoy about going on vacation and weigh the pros and cons.