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Do you enjoy going on a bus tour when overseas, or would you rather do it all on your own?

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No, I hate organised bus tours overseas anyway.

I like buses, love trains but do not like having to be downstairs at 7 pm and being led around like sheep.

Think I have only ever done it once or twice whilst overseas and really had problems conforming and being there on time.
One time I was late as did not see why we had to leave for the airport some 4 hours before our plane was due, so the rebellious side of me turned up 10 minutes after 6 am in stead of 6 am....I got in the bus and they all clapped, and i think it was then I decided this is not for me, and didnt do another bus tour!
by Finy
Bahahaha!! We are SO alike!!
by Rice
No. I go where I want, when I want. I don't like being dictated to and I would abhor being captive on a bus with umpteen strangers. Ick.
by Rice
No. I like spontaneity. I want to be able to stop if i want to. Additionally, there are usually some whiners on the trip who make things miserable for everyone.
We went on a bus tour around Western Australia many years ago, but apart from that, we haven't done a bus tour overseas. I am not fond of the early starts either, but you get to see quite a lot, and there is ample time at most places,( from my experience), to see all that there is to see. The people who run the tours are professionals and they speak the language, which is a bonus if you are travelling. They take you to all the main spots and then some. When we were in Western Australia, the bus tour really suited us. Someone else was doing the driving, they were very knowledgable, we had jokes and sing-a-longs. It really was such a wonderful time, and we met some great people. We stayed in contact with a few. Bus tours are great for people who don't know the area, and who are on limited time. Most people who work are, and can't afford the luxury or the cost of spending months driving around spontaneously, like Grey Nomads. It sounds great, but unless you have oodles of holiday leave to take all at once, you have to wait for that, until you retire. That's why bus tours are ideal. You still see everything, but in a shorter amount of time. My husband always says that we go on the tour, see the state or country, and you can GO BACK and explore it at your leisure another time, and only visit the places you enjoyed the most. That's what we plan to do in Western Australia some time.
As a child I did, with my Mother.

I think they can be fun, as long as they have a toilet. :)
Ohhhhhh yeah!
by Rice
I like organised tours when traveling. It takes the hassle out of traveling. I don't have to think about transport and I get to see all the main sites.
by AJ
I'm not sure. Have never been on one, but I imagine that I'd like to "do it" all on my own - flexibility & freedom!
by Vee
I've never been on a bus tour overseas so I can't say quite honesley.
Never have been and never will. It does not appeal to me at all. Prefer to have the freedom of coming and going when it suits me.
I've done both and prefer to be on a bus where I can take in more because of not driving. New Zealand, Germany, Bavaria, The Netherlands, Hungary, and so on. One of the nicest ones was around Prague and there weren't any really early morning starts, but I don't sleep much so it didn't bother me anyway. I think if you do your homework on where the tours take you, you can decide if that particular tour is for you, of not. One place where I was glad we were on a bus tour was in France. Just waching some drivers hit the cars in front and behind when parking made me thankful we weren't in a rental car trying to park on the busy streets, let alone play chicken with pedestrians on the marked pedestrian crossings🗼
The only BUS Trip which I have done as a journey to places I have not seen before, was a school one which took us from Victoria, through South Australia, including the fabulous Coober Pedy where we were invited into several of the generous resident's own underground homes, and then up to Central Australia where we could still get up close and personal with Ayers Rock and the Olgas too!!! It was amazing walking the entire 5 mile base of THE Rock with aboriginal guides at nighttime!!! While we stayed at Alice Springs on the banks of the totally dry Todd River, we were gifted with the incredibly unexpected surprise of RAIN!!! So much of the wet stuff that we were rudely wakened in the small hours and instructed to grab all of our belongings which were in the tents, and move them to much higher ground!! THEN we had to go back and save the tents as well!!! For teenagers this was a very exciting highlight to a lengthy school trip which was loads of fun anyway!! Oh! How I have changed as I have gotten older though!!! If and when I travel, I love to do WHAT I like, WHEN I wish to do it!! These days, I think that Train travel would be my choice for long distance travel, whether here or overseas.I have never done a bus tour in any other country at all.It has never interested me at all.
I have been on many a bus tour when on Holiday in the past and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Not a huge fan HOWEVER i think they are perfect when travelling in certain parts of the world. South America I found them to be wonderful. Having said that - they were only day trips.

As a younger traveller the contiki style coach was great. Lots of good friendships made.
BritishStorm, Our youngest daughter went on her own, on a Contiki tour 19 years ago, from London to Spain, having flown from Sydney Au & thoroughly enjoyed it.
by Miro
The only bus tours I've been on are 2, 1 day ones, from the Shire to the National Art Gallery in the A.C.T
by Miro
Only in Africa. It stopped us being eaten by lions.
I do not like bus tours , and do not use them, by doing your own thing you can stop or go wherever you want to, much better and can be more interesting.
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