Planning Your Holiday Your Way or Going Along For the Ride

Going on a Tour vs. Planning your own trip.

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Planning Your Holiday (source: Forbes)

Now I’m sure many people who are planning a fun holiday have come across this age-old (not really) dilemma. Should I just go on a tour (Contiki, TopDeck) or should I plan my own trip.

You may be asking why should I trust you? Well I spent 3 weeks on a TopDeck tour in Europe and I’m currently planning another Europe trip with friends where we’re making out own itinerary. And let me tell you there are pro’s and con’s for both.


You get to see so many places
Accommodation is provided
The cost does work out cheaper
A expert (tour guide) will tell you what are some great places that you should visit
You will meet a load of great people


What they don’t tell you is that 1 day is spent travelling in a bus, and depending on the tour you may only get 1 day in a certain place of country
The destination points are more touristy orientated, so not much room for exploring the local life
You’re stuck in a bus with the same people for weeks (it’s human nature, you’ll love some and not love others)
Long-ass bus rides!

Planning your own trip

You get to plan exactly where you go
You can spend as much time in one place as you want, so you can explore and discover a new place for yourself
You can meet locals or other travellers


You have to plan a lot, which can be stressful

If you’re going with friends everyone will need to compromise on things they want (may cause tension)

It can be pricy (flights, transport, accommodation, food, spending money, day trips, adventures etc.)

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Lynette Kumar is currently completing her masters in Secondary Education at The University of Melbourne, however, her true love has always been writing. Lynette has spent her undergraduate years volunteering at the Melbourne Writers Festival, participating in a panel about Women's Writing at the 2015 Emerging Writers Festival and looking for any opportunity to get involved in the literary life of Melbourne. Lynette hopes to work as an editor one day and will spend any free time she has reading or continuing her pursuit to make the best chocolate chip cookies.