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Package tours vs independent travel

When you set about planning your trip, the first decision you have to take is whether to travel independently or to take a package tour. Below you can check out some of the pros and cons.

Package tour

  • No language problems
  • Guide explains everything
  • Baggage looked after
  • Transport laid on
  • See a lot in a short time
  • May dislike traveling companions
  • Someone else's timetable, no flexibility
  • Compulsory "shopping stops"
  • Only visit most popular sights
  • Meals at tourist-oriented restaurants

Independent travel

  • Go at your own pace
  • Choose what you want to see
  • Get off the beaten track
  • Need to research beforehand
  • Public transport system not always easy to understand
  • Need to book own hotels
  • No help at hand if you get into difficulties

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