A Tour Vs Adventure The Ultimate Showdown Travel for your first or next travel holiday, is a big decision.  Do you take an adventure or just take a tour?  You ask yourself how much time do you have to plan and think about how much work it will take to research.  Do you let someone else do the work for you or do you have fun and plan.  It is time to go out and buy your Lonely Planet Travel BookRick Steves Travel Book or  Rick Steves Through the Back Door ( for budget travelers)  then will get started.  Now, let’s take a look at Tour Vs Adventure.

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Tour Travel: Beijing with Viking River Cruises

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The Tour – Tour Vs Adventure

The Tour still takes some time and networking.  Find out by word of mouth the best tours your friends and family suggest.  Take into consideration not everyone likes the same things.

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Tour Travel: Beijing, China while on the “Imperial Jewels of China” Viking River Cruise.

Now it’s time to go online and do some research.  Research the cities you would like to visit.  Learn about history, weather, and tourist spots.  Lonely Planet is a great website to use, all you need to do is type in the city.

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Tour Travel: Great Wall of China with The Viking River Cruises “Imperial Jewels of China”

Next research about different Tour Companies, locations,  activities offered and if there are any Discount Pricing.  Make sure to look at the reviews from other travelers and make your own opinion.  Trip Advisor is a great resource for reviews.   Take a look at my reviews on Trip Advisor 1Adventure Traveler.

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Tour Travel: Love his expression. In Vietnam with Viking River Cruises “Mekong Delta”

Now you’re ready to contact the Tour Company.  Have your information at hand and be ready to make some decisions.  When you book through a Tour Company check out flights to your destination and extra excursions.  You can also book a tour through a travel agent.  Viking Cruises and Viking River Cruises have a good reputation.  They will occasionally offer a 2 for 1 special.  Now let’s learn about Adventure Travel.

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Tour Travel: Angkor Wat Cambodia with Viking River Cruises “Mekong Delta”

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Tour Travel: Angkor Watt with Viking River Cruises. Had a wonderful local guide with wonderful stories and history.

The Adventure – Tour Vs Adventure

Let’s get ready for an Adventure.  First, are you budget traveler or luxury traveler?  By now you are networking and talking to family and friends and have an idea on where you would like to visit.

You know how long you want to be gone but still need to figure out how to get there and if you want to make stops along the way.  All the booking is done by you the traveler.  Having an  Adventure Travel gives you the freedom to do what you want and how you want.

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Adventure Travel: Beach Front Villa at Wakatobi Dive Resort with loads of diving everyday!

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Adventure Travel: Lots of fish while Scuba Diving in Wakatobi Indonesia.

The process is still the same on research except you will have to book every aspect of your travel.  Remember to check out reviews on Trip Advisor.  I also suggest  to download or buy a travel book to take with you.

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Adventure Travel: Crazy fun in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year!

Next is look up  Flight deals.  CheapOAir,  Airline Websites and Social Media is a great place to look for deals.  Now you need to find Hotel, Resort or Hostel accommodations.  Check on TripAdvisor for reviews and on  Pintrest 1adventuretrave for other travel bloggers suggestions.

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Adventure Travel: Our over the water bungelows at the Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort. Multiple dives a day 🙂

Mix and Match – Tour Vs Adventure

The way to approach A Mix and Match Tour Vs Adventure is almost the done same way.  Research still needs to be done as above.  Pick and choose your Tour, book it and now you have the freedom to book your own airline tickets and plan an Adventure Travel before/after.  All this done with the process we discussed above.  This is a great comprise to see other cities important to you that are not covered on a tour.

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Mix and Match Travel: Chen Sea Resort Spa in Vietnam. Great add on after your tour or adventure for relaxation.

Conclusion Tour Vs Adventure

I have always thought of myself as an Adventure Traveler and planned my own trips and enjoyed.  Recently talked into doing 2 Viking River Cruises, one through China “Imperial Jewels of China” and one through Vietnam and Cambodia “Magnificent Mekong” and had a wonderful time.   Enjoyed both but we did the mix and match travel.  See my blog on “HaLong Bay” as an example of an added trip.

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Mix and Match Travel: Halong Bay, Vietnam 3 Day cruise on a private boat! Great add on before the Viking River Cruise.

Dive trips can be an all inclusive travel, which is a great way to set up a mix and match travel.  A great added trip is the  “Chen Sea Resort Spa” if your in the Vietnam area.  There are many ways to Tour Vs Adventure Travel and find what works best for you.  Have Fun! To see more adventures visit me at 1AdventureTraveler.

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