D iscussing if the best way to travel in Italy or Europe it is to get around independently or with a group of people, in a highly structured itinerary, in my opinion, is not correct!
Not all travelers have the same needs. These can depend on many factors such as the age of the travelers, the time available for your vacation, the travelling companions, the style that you want to travel, the difficulty of the chosen tour or yet the socio-political conditions of the country that you decided to visit… So the choice is yours!
Being Globe Trotter Travel an european incoming tour operator based in Rome, it can only suggest you its list of the 8 best reasons to choose a customized independent tour in Italy and Europe.
First of all, what is a customized travel? This is an independent travel plan designed and arranged just for you, to meet your wants and your needs.
1. – Independent travel optimizes your budget
You travellers are the real makers of your independent tour in Italy and Europe by choosing the budget plan.
With its hints and tips, Globe Trotter Travel will work with you to fit the budget for your itinerary, extra activities, accomodations to exactly suit your requirements and give you the exact trip you want.
It’s not important to choose the cheapest trip but on the contrary, to arrange the most suitable independent tour in Italy and Europe for your needs, respecting the budget that you set for and maintaining a high quality of services.
2. – Independent travel is flexible
One of the great things about independent tour in Italy and Europe is that you are the boss…
You are who choose the departure day according to your availability and you are not forced to start your tour on specific dates which might make you give up the trip of your dreams!
You make up the rules, you decide where are you going, how long stay in each city, how to reach them and so on.
The flexibility is an important ally because it will let you to get the cheapest flights and starting and ending your independent tour in different cities in Italy or in Europe.
Let us just give you those practical tips that will ensure you have a wonderful trip.
3. – Independent travel is a more authentic experience
Travelling doesn’t mean only to take the most beautiful pictures or visit a great deal of monuments.
For us, travelling means to experience different cultures and customs.
If you decide to travel as part of a large group (especially on a escorted coach tour), certainly it will preclude many of your experiences.
If you want to speak always your native language, eat all together in one of those big tourist restaurant or perhaps buy the same souvenirs to save money, then this is the right way!
But not for independent travelers… For our travelers:
Independent tour in Italy and Europe… is a great way to meet other travelers.
Independent tour in Italy and Europe… is a great way to meet the locals.
Independent tour in Italy and Europe… is a great way to learn some lingo.
Y ou can afford the luxury to lose your way, but…
in the same time, to feel euphoric for having overcome the troubles and then enjoying of your own spirit of adventure with the consciousness to have experienced an unforgettable moment!
4. – Independent travel gives you the opportunity to choose your favorite accommodation
W hat is your vision of an ideal get-away-from-it-all hotel?
A rustic farmhouse (agriturismi), hidden deep in the countryside, where you can escape from the world and simply enjoy fresh air and good food? Maybe it’s pure unashamed luxury in a restored palace or castello or watermills for a honeymoon or that special celebration break? Or how about a 14th century village that been restored and converted into a hotel and restaurant complex?
Or simply to stay in fantastic small charming hotels, inns and B&b‘s where groups just can’t.
Well, you will find them all, plus more, in the Globe Trotter Travel Hotels selection.
A stay in one of Globe Trotter Travel carefully selected properties will often mean straying far from the well-trodden tourist paths but it will be well worth the effort as today’s guests can recapture past splendours and be provided with a glimpse of a bygone era.
5. – Independent travel means to customize your itineraries
Globe Trotter Travel offers you a range of itineraries called “classic tours”, born from the need to create a basis from which to arrange your own customized itinerary.
So you can either purchase a pre-packaged tour because already meets your needs or, as second choice, add or reduce more nights stay, mix and match others classic tours. Whatever extras you want, from additional locations, sightseeing tours, tickets to the opera, ballet, or even football matches, just ask!
Finally, if you value your independence or if your itinerary is not among the classic tours, our destination and adventure specialists will work with you to tailor a trip around your interests, passions, schedule and budget. This is because to travel on your own – whether by rail or car – means to go where you want, when you want, see what you want!
6. – Independent travel means choosing your own travel companions
Few other things can ruin an independent tour in Italy and Europe as wrong traveling companions. There are people who, to dribble the problem, choose to traveling solo.
But traveling completely alone often could become difficult if you don’t find your own space and you are not at peace with yourself. It’s true… when you travel alone you can do what you want, when you want! But if you haven’t got a open mind and some modicum of social skills, traveling alone could get you feeling homesick, lonely and unwell.
That being said you can choose to travel with your partner or family, your best friend or even twenty of your favorite colleagues. So the question is always the same. What’s the secret to choosing the best travel companion?
As you can guess there isn’t a certain and definite answer. However in an independent tour in Italy and Europe where you aren’t completely alone but traveling as a couple or with a group of friends, the choice could be in any case complicated and at least you can choose the faults and virtues of your traveling companions! Nobody is perfect (Who is? We didn’t either…), but in this way you know that before you choose to spend a week or two of your holiday with them.
In all cases, before starting your independent tour in Italy and Europe, it’s essential to discuss all the key aspects of the trip. So these seven tips should help you to reduce the risk to choose incompatible travel companions:
BUDGET: Which one? How much? How to spend?
TRAVEL STYLE: In hostel? Camping? In boutique spa hotel? By car? By public transport? Fly & drive?
AGREE ON WHAT PROGRAM AND DESTINATION YOU WANT: Do it? Don’t do it? how to do it?
HAVE SOME INTEREST IN COMMON: And what in common? And which are not?
ANTICIPATE HOW YOU BOTH DEAL WITH THREATS OR A CRISIS.
TRAVEL ON A SHORT EXCURSION BEFORE TAKING A LONGER ONE.
ORGANIZATION: Shared? Divided by skills? Or improvised?
7. – Independent travel can be challenging but also makes you more confident
A independent travel in Italy and Europe can be very hard and challenging, on the one hand for the planning and organization and on the other hand for physical and linguistic efforts.
Think about all the hours driving in highway or sitting in train laden with luggages and bags instead of traveling by a comfortable coach which stops in front of your hotel, or imagine the embarrassment about asking information in a language different than yours.
But think also later about how much satisfaction and source of proud on having reached the goal that you have set, completely with your strengths and skills.
Planning a independent travel in Italy and Europe in the minutest detail takes a long time (unless you decide to travel adventurously) because first of all you need inquire about destination you want to visit. In this case internet helps us greatly but we should also be very conscious that we like to browse the web.
Or alternatively you can always contact the Globe Trotter Travel. Our aim is not to impose you a package tour, but develop a new one together with you, taking cue from your ideas for meeting your needs and desires. Our task is to suggest you a place rather then another or tell you a local habit that we know well because we born here in Italy, in Europe…
Independent travel increases your self-esteem and lets you to understand that if you are organized and well informed, doesn’t mean you will get into trouble (as many think), but you’ll be able to just enrich much more, if you want, traveling in a foreign country.
8. – Independent travel makes everybody a more awesome person
Travelling certainly changes us. Moving around surely will not enable you to find a house or gain a lot of money! But travel make us a better and more well-rounded person.
Become More social. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable talking to new people. And More confident. After traveling independetly so much, you’re going to feel a lot more confident in your ability to achieve anything you set your mind to.
Learn to be More adaptable. After a while, you understand how to adapt your plans to changing situations. And so More adventurous. When you become confident in your ability to do anything, you do anything. What’s the purpose of life if not to break out of your comfort zone?
Independent travel in Italy and Europe makes you Smarter. You’ll learn about people, history, and culture. In short, you’ll have a better understanding about how it works and how people behave. That’s something that can’t be learned from books; you can only pick it up with on the road experience.
Finally Less materialistic. On the road, you learn just how little stuff you actually need. Coming home, you’ll find yourself a minimalist simply because you realize what you need to live and what you don’t.