Over the past month I've been looking into going away and have come up with a custom route and itinerary, I contacted both STA & Round The World Experts who both quoted me nearly £2000 more than what I worked out the trip would cost if I booked it and arranged it myself.
I know it obviously more stress to do it yourself, but from experience what to people find better?
I arrange all of our travel and mostly book everything myself from accommodation to transport.
OK it does take time but you get to stay for as many days as you want in each country/city in the location and accommodation you want and travel when it's convenient to you not the travel company.
The only time I have booked with a specialist travel company was when we traveled from South Africa to Kenya visiting all the National Parks and Reserves. Africa is like no other country you visit but is an amazing place.
Best of luck