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Advice Directory - Independent Travel

For the average person there is one easy word of advice on Independent Travel - Don't. Perhaps we should widen that definition to - We don't recommend Independent Travel unless you know what you are doing. By this we mean that you have researched your destination and alternatives (see Specialist Companies) thoroughly before deciding to travel without the advantage of a holiday company. For a number of our destinations we recognise that people are likely to travel independently and we include travel and accommodation information within our guide (La Gomera, La Palma, Alpujarras, Andorra, Axarquia). For popular resorts it is possible to arrange your own flights, transfers and accommodation for less than the price of a package. If you want to go somewhere unusual; eg Aracena in northern Andalucia, Spain - excellent walking country); then doing-it-yourself might be the only way. What you should consider is how many things can go wrong. Having a holiday rep to complain to, and a company to sue when you do get back, can be a great comfort in times of stress.

If this hasn't put you off arranging your own foreign holiday we suggest the following approach;

Independent travel can be great fun if it goes well, and is easiest if you have already visited the destination before. Our experiences range from finding we had booked ourselves into a Singapore brothel for 28 nights (service extra! - we lasted 30 minutes) to discovering the Hostal O Pino south of Santiago de Compostela (immaculate en-suite double rooms 30 Euros/night, two nights dinner for two with a bottle of wine plus coffee and brandies totalled 40 Euros, and I got a discount for my RACE membership!).

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