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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Stealing Ideas for Our Honeymoon

My grandparents and I have different approaches to travel. They typically sign-up for the all-inclusive, luxury package; they just show up and everyone else takes care of the rest.

I, on the other hand, usually grab the Lonely Planet Guide, my hand sanitizer, and my backpack and hit the road.

However, I see the appeal of pre-packaged tours, and I have even been on one. When I traveled by myself to India, I felt more comfortable tagging along with a tour group. I guess it wasn't exactly grandparent-style because it was the economy version of the tour and we stayed in budget accommodations and traveled on public transportation, but it was still a tour.

I appreciated traveling with a group. During the days we would do our own things, but we would always come together for dinner at night. Since I traveled with a British company that focuses on eco-friendly, community-minded tourism (Intrepid Travel), my travel companions were mainly Australian. It was fantastic to meet new people and build camaraderie.

For our honeymoon, I don't think we'll want to go on a tour because I think we'll want to focus on each other. But, I realized I can get good travel advice by looking at tour group itineraries--for free! It's brilliant!

For example, if we go to Italy, I can find tours that travel in Italy and look at their sequence of cities and activities for ideas. It's very fun.


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3 comments:

Andi Pandi said...

I agree with your summary, tour groups have their pros & cons. I've been on a couple, one to Greece & Italy with a college class & one to Italy with my bf & people from our school. Both had schedules of things, such as checking into a hotel & going to another location (the 1st trip, we moved every 2 days! The 2nd trip was all in Florence). The tour group can take care of the complicated arrangements, such as hotel rooms, transportation & tickets to events, but you don't want to be stuck in a rigid schedule so you can do your own thing at times.
If you want, do some searching on tour groups & get opinions about the flexibility of their schedules & their reliability.

Selfish Jean said...

Love your blog, thought this page would be useful in helping with your honeymoon options!

http://www.dailycandy.com/travel/article/37640/In+Good+Company

Sara E. Cotner said...

Thanks so much for the link! It's very helpful.

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