We’ve all been there. On entering into a new city, you’ll see plenty of tour salesmen trying to convince you to opt for an organized tour with them so you can explore incredible, fascinating attractions including castles, national parks, museums, beaches among others. Some will say it is the best and cheapest way of exploring the city. Of course, a frequent traveler will pay no ears to them and decide on exploring these places on his own. While some prefer to take organized tours, others don’t and here’s why
Pros of guided tours
- It offers you the chance to see highlight of undiscovered places. If you’ve never been and unsure of places to visit, guided tours will help you explore more than one location.
- You don’t have to stand long queues when visiting popular attractions such as Eiffel Tower of Paris and London Eye. Tickets are already purchased well ahead of time, allowing your group enter without stress.
- Your luggage is usually well handled when taking an organized tour, so you don’t have to worry about handling your bag regardless of the size and weight.
- It saves you the stress of having to negotiate ticket prices at attractions. With a reliable guided tour you don’t have to worry about scammers.
- You meet people and make new friends. It is an avenue to meet all kinds of travelers ranging from backpackers to luxury travelers.
Cons of guided tours
- Guided tours schedules are usually tight as you have to wake up in the early hours of the day, let’s say, 6:00 AM, for the days tour.
- There’s not much flexibility as the trip depends greatly on group. On some occasions a particular group of persons will come early and others late because they lost track of time. Your tour depends on the group members.
- If you decide to take an optional excursion, then you have to pay more.
- Organized tours are usually less rewarding when compared to individual solo travel. Your abilities to adapt in a different environment are not tested for organized tours than individual solo travel. It will be much more fun exploring incredible cities like Paris on foot than taking a bus tour around the city.
- There’s every possibility that you may be unable to see or do everything. You always have limited time exploring places when compared to solo travels.