Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • How do you plan your trips?
  • Please help us learn by participating in a brief survey.
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Experience with Earthbound Tours
  2. 2 English Gardens Itinerary Advice please
  3. 3 London GTG in June, Anyone?
  4. 4 Rome neighborhoods equivalent to arrondissements 6 and 7 in Paris?
  5. 5 Trip Report Azores
  6. 6 Trip Report Houses, Gardens & Walking in England
  7. 7 What's the biggest mistake you made on a European trip?
  8. 8 Train in Switzerland from Basel to Zermatt to Zurich
  9. 9 Sundays in Puglia
  10. 10 question on Barcelona itinerary
  11. 11 Prague
  12. 12 San Francisco retirees would like to move to Paris for a year- crazy idea?
  13. 13 2 Months in Sicily
  14. 14 Planning a solo trip mostly to France, advice please!
  15. 15 What tips can you give about packing?
  16. 16 Sim Card Options
  17. 17 Lake Geneva / Great St Bernard Pass / Milan / Naples
  18. 18 Amsterdam hotels during summer
  19. 19 Cotswolds cottage ideas
  20. 20 Madrid, Barcelona and .....
  21. 21 Splitting 11 days between Amsterdam and Dubrovnik
  22. 22 Como Bus to Bellagio
  23. 23 Greek Islands (small)
  24. 24 Taking a high speed train from Rome, Italy to Venice, Italy for a day trip.
  25. 25 Scotland in 7 Days
View next 25 » Back to the top

Do less V. Tour

Jump to last reply

We have been traveling independently for over 40 years. The basic premise of our trips is that we would rather know a few places well, than many poorly. Occasionally, we will go on a tour lasting no more than a day.

Our last two trips, we violated our own rules even though each was almost three weeks in duration, one to Turkey and the another which was a combination of Belgium of The Netherlands. Now that we are older, what was once an engaging has become tiring. Schelepping bags, changing trains, and driving in towns we do not know, has lost some of its charm.

My wife likes to take time for drawing and painting, while I like to take photos and try to appreciate where we are. We love museums, art, architecture, observing life as others live it, walking cities and the country, and eating. Especially good meals at inexpensive prices. We could care less about shopping, the standard tourists spots unless they are exceptional, and a clean, well-maintained hotel, and safe hotel is enough. Usually on a trip we will splurge for a grander hotel for a short stay and dine at a well-regarded restaurant.

Here is the question. Do you just change the way we think of traveling and stay longer at even fewer places or do the drastic and take a tour be thrown in the back of bus and told when to eat and jump?

35 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement