Hi, Just wondering if anyone can offer any advice.. I have just not long ago broken up with my boyfriend of six years, abit sad i know, but i have actually been enjoying my time by myself, as I have been part of a couple since i was 16 - im now 23, Im still abit confused about what i am going to do with myself and all that jazz, i was a bit scared at first but nows its very exciting to think i've got my whole life ahead of me! I'd love to travel to Europe by myself next year & just wanted to get as much info/advice that i can & meet people to see what you think about going on a tour for about 3 weeks? what does everyone think of contiki type tours? Should i do it?
Yes, u could do the tour, and everything would be arranged, for u and u would meet all the people who are also on the tour.
On the otherhand, i find independent travelling much more exciting. And it also usually costs less. Dont worry, it is not as complicated as it would first appear. U just get a good travel book, and it will give u all the info u need, and if u need any more info, this forum is the place to ask for it.
Good travel books would be(each of these publications publishes books for most countries, in the world, and some of them include more than one country). They are available in most bookshops around the world.
On a shoestring
I agree with Mel. Maybe a tour is OK if you're timid about traveling, but it's a lot of hand-holding and pre-planned, scheduled activity that's kind of limiting to the overall experience. Better if you could wing it either solo or with a friend or two.
I'm new here and just finding my way around, but I really wanted to reply to your post. I'm just a bit older than you (26)and was really timid to travel, until I just decided to give it a try. I don't have any experience with Contiki tours, but I know most tours give you some free time during the vacation. So if you're nervous about being completely on your own, you could join a tour and then venture out on your own once in awhile. just a thought
and I also find Lonely Planet travel guides very good for people who are a bit more independent Hope that helps
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 5, 2006, at 6:07 AM by LizzieBe ]