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  1. Jennifer
    September 29, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    We’ve taken tours from time to time, but they have always been day tours. I’ve never gone on a trip that is an organized tour. I’m not sure I’d like it.

    • Ali Garland
      October 2, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

      I took a few 10 day tours to Europe when I was in high school, and as a first experience it was fine. I don’t think I could do it now though. A day or 2 might be ok depending on the situation, but I much prefer to be on my own or on a short day tour.

  2. kami
    September 24, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    Even if I’m a huge fan of independent travelling I ended up on few tours couple of times and it was definitely worth it. In places like Armenia, when I had only few days, they allowed me to visit a lot of amazing places that public transport would take me too. But then I couldn’t spend there as much time as I’d like to since we were on tight schedule. oh well, everything has pros and cons

    • Ali Garland
      September 24, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

      I agree, there are definitely certain situations when taking a tour is absolutely the right decision. It sucks to not have as much time in each destination, but you definitely have to weigh the pros and cons. Sometimes a tour will win, sometimes it won’t. (Disadvantages post goes up tomorrow!)

  3. Exploring the Overlooked Town of Selcuk, Turkey | Ali's Adventures
    September 24, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    […] The day after we went to Ephesus, we went to explore the castle and the ruins of St. John’s Basilica next to it. It turned out the castle was closed, so we couldn’t even get that close to it, but the ruins were pretty amazing. And even though there were plenty of tourists there, we seemed to be the only ones who weren’t there in an organized tour group. […]

  4. Liv
    September 22, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    There are definitely a lot of positive things about joining tours, but there are also some negatives like the program inflexibility and having to accommodate other peoples’ wishes. I think tours can be great, but it is also fun to do things independently too.

    • Ali Garland
      September 22, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

      I completely agree, Liv! The right tour at the right time can be great, but there are a lot of reasons not to take a tour as well. My disadvantages post goes up on Tuesday!

  5. Matthew Cheyne
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    I’ve done tours before and like you said, they are a great way to meet people when traveling. On my trip to Sydney in 2006 I did the climbing tour of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The sites were amazing but the comeraderie that you can build up in a short time on a tour can make the experience memorable for all the right reasons.

    By the way, that rock feature on the Great Ocean Road that you have taken a picture of and included in your post is known locally as London Arch.

    • Ali Garland
      September 21, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

      You climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Wow! I don’t think I could do that. I’m not afraid of heights but that just isn’t my thing. I bet the view was amazing though! You’re right, you can bond pretty quickly with people you meet on a tour. I’ve definitely met some interesting people on tours.

      The sign called it London Bridge, but maybe that was because it used to be one connected piece? Makes sense to now call it London Arch instead. The Great Ocean Road is AMAZING!

      • Matthew Cheyne
        September 22, 2012 @ 12:36 am

        The sign is a bit old. You’re right, it used to be called London Bridge until the middle bit fell into the ocean some time ago in the last decade I believe. They then renamed it London Arch but never changed the sign. And you’re double right about The Great Ocean Road. It really is amazing. I just love the sweeping vistas of the ocean and the various rock formations that you can’t find anywhere else in the world like the 12 apostles for instance.

        I did the Sydney Harbor Bridge climb not knowing that I was scared of heights until about half way in. I was really lucky in a sense to be at the front of my group because it meant that I had no option but to overcome my fear of heights on the way up. I did that by intentionally not looking down where possible and just taking one set of stairs at a time. I made it first up in my group and because the tour leader had to help the rest of the group negotiate the final steps, I had about five minutes to myself all alone on top of the bridge. The view was absolutely stunning from the bridge looking in all directions. I climbed the bridge around dusk so I saw the transition of central Sydney and the harbor from day into evening. It was a very expensive thing to do costing well over $200 but it was one of those things – to be able to say I climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Personally I believe it was worth every penny.

        • Ali Garland
          September 22, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

          That’s amazing Matthew! Definitely sounds expensive, but it sounds like it was a great thing for you to do. Congrats on making it through, and it sounds like a wonderful time of day to be up there!