Save or Splurge: 10 Suggestions on What's Worth the Spend When You're on Vacation


Splurge: Specialized Group Tours

A tour with a group or private guide can sometimes help unfold the history of the site you're visiting, like a quiet temple in Kyoto, Japan.
A tour with a group or private guide can sometimes help unfold the history of the site you're visiting, like a quiet temple in Kyoto, Japan.
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Some destinations have very unique, in-depth special attractions: ancient history, extraordinary architecture, hidden outdoor wonderlands. Except for the most seasoned, adventurous, research-loving traveler, specialized, thematic tours can be totally worth the money. In many cases, you simply won't have the full experience on your own.

If you're not into group things, you can always book a private guide. It'll usually cost more, but in addition to avoiding a crowd of fellow tourists, it can be personalized in a way a group tour can't.

The cost will depend a lot on the destination, the length of the tour and the mode of transport involved. Sometimes, they include meals, too. Again, you can probably find some special-pricing offers online.

If you're just going to see the sights and aren't looking for an in-depth experience, don't bother with the group tour. It's easy enough and much less expensive to get around to the more popular sites on your own.

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