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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

TRAVEL - can I do a trip on my own?

Taking that first trip with a commercial company is a nice way to ease into traveling. If you do it yourself there are a myriad of details to be taken care of  -  pulling together all the equipment, reservations, and maps for a self supported venture. With a commercial trip you are provided with a basic equipment list plus other reminders about details. The rooms reservations are taken care of. and you always have someone to answer questions as you work through trip prep.

And for those who aren't quite ready to begin at square one there are some options.

Companies such as Nichols Expeditions provide a self guided option for a trip to areas they know from their own tours. They will make your arrangements for lodging, baggage transfer, and provide maps of the area including suggested routes. They give you a phone number if you need local help - and rental bike options for the area. It is essentially a guided trip without the guides. You save a few dollars, but also get to pick the group you invite, the type of accommodations you would like, and the timing of the trip. I worked with them to set up a trip this Fall in Italy and it was easy.

And there are companies that will arrange just  baggage transfers for you. In that case you will have complete control. Online tools such as Google maps and websites like Trip Adviser make it a lot easier to plan a trip than it was even 10 years ago. 

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