Updated: Feb 26, 2020
Is it better for you select pre-planned packages or plan every detail on your own?
Not sure? Take the Quiz.
1. Do you like to be in control? (A), or
Do you like to sit back, relax and have everything planned for you? (B)
2. Do you prefer to know as much as possible about the location before you arrive? (A), or
Do you prefer to learn interesting facts directly from a guide? (B)
3. Do you prefer to small or private travels? (A), or
Are you more comfortable on large tour buses/cruise ships? (B), or
4. Do you like surprises and spontaneity? No (A), or Yes (B)
If you chose more of the (A) answers, you prefer to structure your own travel, researching the best places to visit in advance and visiting alone or in small groups. We have travelled to Costa Rica many times and with each visit we moved away from pre-packaged tours and towards solo/private excursions. Originally booking all-inclusive resorts, we later began exploring on our own and with the help of local guides.
If you chose more of the (B) answers, you prefer structured travel, relying on guides to show you the interesting places and create the fun for you. There may be some choice involved, but ultimately the options are dictated by the offer. When we travelled to the Maldives, we took advantage of the experiences and excursions they offered on the resort; all pre-packed tours in the area. It was the ultimate in relaxation and luxury.
If you chose a balance of both (A) and (B) answers, then you find value in both structured travel and customization. This can include research and travel on your own, and/or selecting various tours from a wide variety of companies. The best approach is a tour company that allows you to customize your trip the way you want. When we travelled to Greece, it was a true combination of both types of travel. Wanting more control and needing a project to immerse ourselves into, we opted to organize the island-hopping adventure ourselves, booking different tours; some private, some group-based. In the end, we created an itinerary that landed us in Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, Santorini, but it all started in Athens.
In Athens, we created our own walking tour based on our hotel location and tourist attractions in the area, but we could have opted for an Athens Walking Tour, where a local guided us through the cobbled streets of the Plaka and beyond. In the early morning, we walked to the Acropolis and toured the Museum, both must see sites in Athens. The next stop was Mykonos, where we booked a trip to the unbelievable Island of Delos. If you love history and ruins, this is the place for you. After Mykonos, we ferried over to Naxos, a jewel of an island with vast beauty and a rich history. Our last stop was the popular island of Santorini, where we booked a group volcanic cruise around the caldera. Our experience was positive and the sites beautiful, but it could have been better experienced if it had been a Private Sailing Cruise, with less passengers and a little more luxury.
As avid travellers, we find value in both styles of vacation planning, there is no right or wrong way to see the world. Whether you prefer to dive into the details and create the perfect itinerary for your next vacation, or put all the hard work into the hands of a professional, Make Them All Trips of a Lifetime.