Beyond Packages: The Rise of The DIY Tour

Several years ago, there’s no doubt that the package holiday was well and truly in full flow. It was “the thing” to do – and no questions were asked.

Now, things are changing. Sure, there is still a time and a place for these vacations, and if you are looking for an utterly convenient solution few would disagree that they serve a very good purpose.

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However, more and more people are turning to a DIY approach. Ultimately, they are starting to book everything themselves. In some cases, this might mean just booking the flights and hotels separately, while in others it might mean booking an entire itinerary themselves without a group tour. Of course, in either case, there will always be parts you must book individually, with special-case travel insurance such being one, while airport parking tends to be another common secondary cost.

Regardless, DIY tours are becoming big in the travel industry, and through today’s guide, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons why.

The cost-factor

We really could go to town with this first subject, as the cost benefits of booking everything on your own are immense.

The issue that everyone seems to remember at this point is that travel company take their own cut over tours and package deals. This isn’t something that anyone is going to try and hide; it happens and it’s pretty logical.

However, the costs that do tend to raise a few eyebrows are the indirect ones. For example, if you are traveling in the peak of summer, booking your flights for an “odd” number of days can save you considerable sums rather than turning to the so-called standards of 7 or 14 days.

Not only that, but not being restricted by specific dates due to tour requirements or just the availability of a package deal can help you out from a cost perspective significantly.

It’s on your own terms

This second point is more related to group tours, where an itinerary for the week tends to be planned out for you.

For some people, these work like a charm. They generally visit the best parts of a region, and that is sufficient.

For others who might be a little pickier, this is where things can go downhill. Some people don’t want to labor around for days and days, getting up at the crack of dawn to see sights that don’t really interest them.

Sure, this is one time where you might pay less for attractions, but considering the fact that you won’t have control what you are visiting this is hardly a bonus and is one of the reasons why more people are doing everything themselves.

You don’t have to be a tourist

Following on from the last point, let’s conclude today’s piece about “looking” like a tourist. If you are part of a package deal or a group tour, you’ll fall into this category.

For some people, regardless of how they travel, they’ll always fall into this category.

However, if you are looking to experience life like a local, and perhaps not attract those who tend to “prey” on tourists, doing everything yourself and not traveling in the big groups is something that can help you no-end (along with a whole host of other tips).

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