To tour or not to tour?

2014-02-18 13:49

(Duduzile Luthuli)

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We’re not really sure.

In this day and age, you can’t really be too sure if travelling independently will be the smartest idea. Especially when regarding, transport, currency, safety, and basic needs that are much easier to get hold of when a tour guide is directing you to it.

Many travellers felt that embarking on independent travels gave them a fresh perspective of their newly found surroundings, and that tours often added a superficial or unnatural element to the trip. This of course, is strongly dependent on where you’re travelling to, and which company you’re touring with.

The consensus for touring a foreign place is to make sure that your tour guide allows you to have some free time to explore on your own, during the tour. In this way, you will be able to see things ‘naturally’- without direction from a tour guide; as well as having an informative expert on-hand if needed.

If you're a keen traveller who likes to share tales, tips and trifles with other wanderers, you should head on over to Twitter every Tuesday for Travel Talk on Twitter, also known as #TTOT.

Happening every week at 11:30 (SA time), the chat is run by a few of the world's top travel bloggers, such as Travel Dudes, Roni Weiss and Runaway Juno; aimed at getting travellers from all over the world to share their experiences.

How it works: A new topic is introduced every week, so stay in the loop by keeping tabs on the TTOT Facebook group. The discussion is formed of five different questions relative to the topic. Each question is numbered; Q1 - Q5, with a couple of minutes for responses to each. In order to respond to a specific question, begin your answer with A1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, of course including #TTOT so you're included in the stream.

Check out the Travel Talk on Twitter Facebook page for updates about upcoming chats.

Q1 What's the best tour you've done and why?
Q2 Why would you book a tour/activity instead of independent travel?

Q3 Is it possible to get an authentic view of a place while on a tour?

Q4 What was the weirdest tour/activity you did and why was it so weird!?

Q5 Share a picture or video of a memorable tour!
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