Independent Traveller or Lemming?
Written by Martin Style Wednesday, 13 January 2010 03:10
Have you been on a flight with a group tour before? You get a lot of them travelling into and from Hong Kong. I couldn't think of a worse way to travel, but that's just my opinion. If you're not familiar with the group tour concept, it basically takes all of the planning and decisions out of your vacation and puts you on a structured itinerary and schedule. You basically decide where you want to go (or which tour you want to be on) and the tour operator will tell you where to meet, how to travel, what to see etc. Then you follow someone around like a lemming throughout your travels. Vacation in a box.
Although group tours aren't really my cup of tea, I'm not saying that they're bad for everybody. One advantage on a group tour is that you get to meet all the other people on that tour and there are some specifically targeted at different age groups or demographics, so if you choose wisely, you have a good chance of getting a group of people that fit your profile to travel with, which can be fun. With this group of people, you won't be lonely since you will have your tour group and guide to interact with. Of course, there is a chance that there will be people on the tour that you dislike or don't get on with..