The Eternal Debate – Tour vs. Solo Travel

Whether it is exploring an entire country or exploring the Grand Canyon, there is a debate among travelers – do you do it solo or with a tour? Ultimately, it comes down to preference. However, as with any decision, it is important to understand the benefits and disadvantages of each option before making your decision.


First, let’s start with solo travel. Obviously, the benefit of traveling and seeing the sights on your own is that you make the schedule. If you want to stop in the middle of the day for what looks like the most amazing street taco, you can. You don’t have to stick to a schedule unless it’s opening and closing times. However, solo travel can be lonely if you have no one else to go with, but worse yet, often you miss out on some of the most truly special places. Sometimes it is difficult to put how magical a place is into words, so you might read about it on the internet and end up not going. That is the true problem with traveling without someone local or knowledgeable.


However, what about tours? When you say “tour” to some travelers, they recoil with thoughts of musty old tour buses full of older people who all want to talk about their grandchildren. However, while there may be older people on a tour, these days it is not in a tour company’s best interest to stick to that preconceived description of their travel accommodations. These days, tours are more luxurious to make the trip to the destination a little more palatable. And, since the tour operators are driving, this option allows you to fully take in the sights. Worried about not having any free time? Don’t be. Everyone likes to travel their own way and while they have to keep on a schedule, Gray Line tours builds in free time for travelers that want to see specific things close by. So which wins? Well, again that is up to you. Solo travel is fine, but tour travel gives you the chance to meet to people and make memories you otherwise wouldn’t have. If you are intrigued by the idea of taking a tour somewhere and having a great time, contact us today. Let Gray Line take you on a Grand Canyon tour from Las Vegas and show you just how good a tour can be.