So Will and I are not really “group tour” people, not that there’s anything wrong with them and sometimes they are necessary to get to hard to reach places but on our last trip we finally broke down and did one together. And we hated it.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the tour itself, it was beautiful organized and perfectly planned, but we hated being “those people” following the lady with an umbrella as we got “touristy-authentic” experiences. It really killed us having to all go to the same restaurant to all eat the “typical” food of the area. And it was embarrassing when our comrades for the day went into people’s front lawns to take pictures with their obnoxious selfie-sticks.
That being said, once we embraced the embarrassment of it, it because a fabulously entertaining sociology assignment: extreme people watching.
Here’s what I would do differently next time I book a tour (if ever…):
- Do a half-day tour, instead of a grueling 11-hours
- Pay more for a smaller group (i.e. van of 10 instead of a full double-decker bus)
- Choose a more open-ended tour that provides some structure but not one that requires us to spent every moment together
What are your opinions on day tours while traveling?