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Self Catering Compared To Group Tours

Aug 1, 2008
There are two basic options when choosing to travel abroad: going with a group, and going alone as a self catered holiday. Each way has many benefits, but as consumers will find out, the former option is going to be less appealing as a resultt of less freedom that it entails.

A self catering holiday is popular for those who want to get away from the tour group and have a vacation on their own schedule. In general, this is only recommended for those who know the area well. Otherwise, a guided tour will get a consumer familiar with their surroundings, and the next time around they may consider the self catered holiday.

Self catering is great for seeing attractions that everyone else on the tour may not want to. If a travel agency has a bunch of customers who would rather see the beach than go to an art museum, the consumer is usually out of luck. And when considering traveling to another country altogether usually isn't common, one could be missing the chance of a lifetime.

If a family is bringing kids along, it's usually a better idea to get the self catered holiday. Kids are notorious for wanting to do certain things- and only certain things. Kids love the beach, arcades, and boardwalks, and of course- great food! But when traveling on someone else's schedule, fulfilling the entertainment of a child can be a tough action indeed.

Tour groups aren't entirely a dictatorship. Indeed, they do allow for some free time. But when considering that they usually don't allow alcohol or sometimes even smoking on the tour, this can conflict with the views of others who view it as a great way to have fun when done in moderation. Again, this imposes on the consumers freedom- something that feels less fun than being able to do things otherwise.

In the end, a self catered trip is a lot more work when considering a lot of planning has to be done beforehand. But in exchange for the freedom, it is usually well worth it. Just be sure that the area is well scouted out, all arrangements are made, and a travel agency is consulted. Be sure to tell the agency it is a self catered trip, so they can offer accordingly good advice.

In Conclusion

Vacations are always viewed best as having freedom, but making the decision to opt for a self catered holiday or not should be done with a professional travel agent. Only they can size up the vacation, the traveler's needs, and what he or she thinks that the traveler can handle.
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