Saint Augustine once famously remarked, “World is like a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” Whether it is to explore different cultures, get away from the everyday frenzy, or just enjoy some time with the loved ones, traveling has always been appealing way to spend our precious holidays. However, it can be hard to set aside enough time or money needed for a myriad of reasons. Many of us never get to experience the joys of travel. Studies have shown it as one of the most frequent regrets people have in their old age. But we have to remember that it is never to late to start traveling. Actually, now that the kids are out of the house, the mortgage is payed and the workload is off our shoulders, it is the high time to enjoy the wonders of the world.
There are many ways to travel, and the most important thing to do before you set foot on the plane is to choose which one is best for you. In older age, when one prefers to spend their holidays in comfort, best option might be a package tour. It is an all inclusive tour that starts and finishes at your doorstep, which means that all the entrance tickets, flights, meals and accommodation will be prepaid and settled in advance. This kind of arrangement allows us to relax and follow the carefully planned itinerary that is in many cases designed for travelers of similar background. And since you are placed within a group of your peers, it is easy to make new friends and meet people with whom you can share the experience. Package tours are almost always guided by professional tour guides. They are there to answer any questions you might have, and to ensure you will get to experience all the most important sights in an optimal fashion.
However, for some people big groups can be a hassle, and they might enjoy taking sights at at their own pace. In the digitalized world of today it has never been easier to plan the itinerary by yourself. Guidebooks are plentiful for every corner of the world, Internet is full of suggestions on hotels and restaurants, and in most tourist areas transportation is easy and diverse. It should be noted that independent traveling requires some planning, but in no case should that put you off of the idea. Tourist areas are abundant with tourist centers that are eager to help travelers.
COMBINATION OF THE BOTH
Tourist centers lead us to the third option, which is a sort of compromise between the two. While independent travel gives us more flexibility and freedom, we can still feel as we are missing out on a chance to learn about a new culture or meet other travelers in the area, as we would on a package tour. That is why we can combine the two. Tourist centers, as well as most hotels, usually offer travelers customized one or two day tours which you can take with a big group or even alone with your travel companions. That way you will be able to experience a professionally crafted tour while still having that lazy time on the beach or by a pool. Of course, such arrangements (along with everything else) can be sought out on the Internet as well.