Choosing the type of trip

Depending on the destination I choose and on what I want to do during my vacation, I will select different type of trips. Here is an overview of choices available:

GUIDED ORGANIZED TOURS

These are a good choice if:

  • You don’t want to worry about all the logistic required to plan a trip
  • You want a guide to explain and give you information during your sightseeing
  • You enjoy meeting and traveling with other tourists
  • You don’t mind having less free time to explore on your own
  • You don’t mind taking long lunches or dinners
  • You don’t mind waiting for the group

PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS

These are a good choice if:

  • You prefer traveling on your own or only with your choice of companions
  • You don’t want to worry about all the logistic required to plan a trip
  • You want a guide to explain and give you information during your sightseeing
  • You don’t mind spending more money

EXPEDITION TOURS (GROUP OR PRIVATE)

These are a good choice if:

  • You want all the benefits of an organized or private tour
  • You are going to a remote destination otherwise difficult to access
  • You want a knowledgeable guide/naturalist
  • You are interested in attending lectures about your destination and wildlife

African safari

CRUISES

These are a good choice if:

  • You want to wake up in a new location almost everyday without having to organize your transportation to get to a new location
  • You want the flexibility of exploring on you own or taking an excursion
  • You want to unpack only once
  • You don’t mind having limited time for sightseeing
  • You don’t mind getting only an overview of most ports
  • You enjoy lots of entertainment

Cruises ideas

RIVER CRUISES

These are a good choice if:

  • You want to wake up in a new city without having to organized your own transportation to get there
  • You enjoy meeting, eating and sightseeing with other tourists
  • You prefer having most of the excursions included in the cost of the cruise
  • You want to unpack only once
  • You don’t mind having limited time for sightseeing
  • You don’t mind getting only an overview of most ports

EXPEDITION CRUISES

These are a good choice if:

  • You want all the benefits of cruising
  • You are going to a remote destination otherwise difficult to access
  • You want a knowledgeable guide/naturalist
  • You are interested in attending lectures about your destination and wildlife

Ecuador & the Galápagos

RESORTS

These are a good choice if:

  • You just want to relax, enjoy the beach or the slopes
  • You want a home base and take a few excursions
  • You prefer not to have a schedule

Tips for choosing the right resort

ON YOUR OWN

This is a good choice if:

  • You prefer traveling on your own or only with your choice of companions
  • You don’t want to be limited in time at some attractions
  • You want the flexibility of choosing what you see or not, where and when you eat and how much time you spend sightseeing, eating or resting

Go on to my packing tips:  How and What to Pack

Travel Destinations