Designing your own dream trip is so worth the time investment- it pays out in numerous ways.
First off, you are going to have the satisfaction of accomplishing everything you want to do. Barring any disastrous unforeseen events, you will get to do exactly what you want, when you want. The downside to a tour agency is that they have you on a set itinerary. You need to board the bus at a certain time, eat at a specific place (often with a set menu), sleep exactly where they have selected, and be ready in the morning when you are told to be present. What kind of dream trip micromanages your every moment, up to and including the bathroom you are allowed to use? You will find that the stress and effort that goes into planning your own trip, and the responsibility of owning up to those decisions, pay off immensely in the rewarding experiences you are able to enjoy when you plan your own trip instead of letting someone else do so for you.
Secondly, you save huge amounts of cash. When you arrange a trip through a travel agency, you are paying for others to make your decisions for you. Instead of handing your bank account over to a stranger, take some action and save some cash. By using agglomerators like Travelocity, you will find incredible deals on all kinds of offers. Not only can you find savings on flights, hotels, and car rentals, but you will find excursion deals as well. If you do the math, you will find that the time and effort you put into designing your trip pays off financially as well- add up the money saved and divide it by the number of hours you put into designing your trip. What do the savings come out to per hour? Now consider that you just paid yourself that cash- was it worth your time? For most of us, the savings are even more than we make at our jobs.
When we take the time to design our dream trip, we are rewarded in numerous and often unforeseen ways. Rather than leave your dream trip in the hands of a stranger who simply knows you as the next paycheck, take some action and find your own way.