The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Traveling Without a Tour Group
There is absolutely no need for any tourist to travel as part of a tour group, and solo travel offers much more opportunity to plan the kind of trip you really want. Read on to learn all the basics you need to know before taking off on your own.
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Do Your Research
You can organize a trip just as well as anyone else can as long as you do your research. The combination of online resources and guest reviews makes travel much more risk-free these days than it used to be. When relying on other people’s experiences to guide you, however, keep in mind that it’s much more common for people to write a negative review than a positive. If you have your heart set on something but the place has one bad review, don’t be afraid to give it a try and make your own opinion.
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Do Not Be Afraid
People tend to give solo travelers a pretty hard time and like to label places, and even entire countries, as dangerous. Do not be afraid to travel off the beaten path. There are definitely certain areas of the world that are best to avoid as a solo traveler; however, knowledge and respect can really go a long way in any place.
If there is a place you are really hoping to see but there aren’t any tours available or they are sold out, make your own trip! Hiring local guides will often give you an even better experience than a corporate tour company. Ask someone you trust what a reasonable price might be and don’t be afraid to barter.
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Trust Your Gut
As much as you shouldn’t be afraid to discover new places and go off the beaten path, don’t be dumb about it and always trust your gut. There are some really nice people out there in the world, but if someone seems a little too nice or something is too much of a good deal, make sure you think it through before going any further. People are definitely out there to help you but unfortunately there are those who are also there to take advantage of you as well, and it’s your job to tell them apart.