When you’ve been used to organising your own trips wherever you’re headed around the world, you can develop a resistance to package holidays and the like. Some hardened travellers see package holidays as for the masses, the people who can’t handle sorting out separate flights and accommodation and the travelling in between.
It’s true that there’s nothing quite like taking off with your backpack and exploring new parts of the world. Anyone lucky enough to experience this would probably feel like they were taking the soft option by choosing a package deal. It all depends on what you want to get out of your holiday. While independent travel is great, it can’t be denied that there are some great bargains out there for package holidays. If you’re just looking for a week’s relaxation in the sun without too much hassle, then you shouldn’t rule out the option of a package deal just because you’re a travel ‘snob’!
For example, if you want to book a holiday to Turkey, and it’s a country you’ve never visited before, then going on a package deal can be an easy way to try out somewhere new. It can also be a great option if you’re planning a big holiday with friends. There’s so much to see and do in Turkey that you’ll need to narrow down which resort you stay on by deciding which attractions and sights you wish to see, but once you’ve done that, booking a package deal makes the whole trip easy.
You may be put off by the idea of all-inclusive hotels and the kind of clientele that can attract, but booking a package doesn’t mean you have to go down this route. You can still book a self-catering apartment or small hotels that offer a range of board options. Especially if you’re used to travelling with nothing but a backpack, this type of accommodation can give you a little more semblance of freedom than the standard hotel.
The way you book your holidays really depends on the time you have available to organise it too. If you just want a last minute week away, then booking everything at once saves time and you can often end up with a bargain. Independent travel often requires a little more forward planning and research to get it right. Of course, being able to save a little money means more funds for the fun stuff – meals out, drinks and sightseeing!
It’s probably best not to come down too hard on one side of the fence or the other when you’re thinking about how to organise leisure travel. There are times when independent holidays are best, particularly if you have a spontaneous nature or just feel like taking off and seeing where your travels take you. In other cases when you might be travelling with a budget or don’t want the stress of too much forward planning, a package really can be just be the ticket!