Are you considering booking guided trips and tours and not sure if it is worth the price? To help you decide, we put together a list of the advantages of using a guide, the advantages of doing your own thing and the disadvantages of both. We hope this will help you determine if you should book guided trips and tours for some of your excursions.
Going on vacation should be fun and stress-free. But let’s face it, sometimes unpredictable things happen. From minor inconveniences like not being able to locate that little café the guy on the plane told you about, to major disasters like not getting back to your cruise ship on time and watching it sail away without you – stuff happens!
When you use a guide, “stuff” doesn’t happen nearly as often!
If you don’t stick to a well-planned itinerary, you risk running out of time to see all the attractions you intended to
If you rent a vehicle, you’ll have the extra costs of gas and insurance plus the time spent picking up and dropping off
You may get lost and be unable to access google maps. There are patches of the island without cell service. If you are travelling outside of the major centres, you should purchase a back-country map and be able to read it. Depending on exactly where your travels take you, a satellite phone may also be recommended.
You won’t know the history or fun facts of all the sites and attractions that you see
Taxi cab drivers will get you around but will not provide a narrated tour
You may need an international license depending on where you are travelling from