It’s been weighing on my mind more and more the closer we get to the big departure – to Contiki, or not to Contiki? I had mulled over it briefly a few months ago and had settled on no; based on the fact that there weren’t any tours that encompassed all the countries I wanted to visit but the more research I do into costs, the more it seems like a good idea. In desperation (not being up to making another huge decision after an entire night last night spent on the laptop or no laptop debate) and needing another opinion, I have opened it up to everyone to give me some advice on this current dilemma.
I have put together my current pros/cons list as follows:
|´ Set cost||´ Less flexibility|
|´ Includes accommodation, most meals etc….||´ Not as much freedom|
|´ Pre-packaged travel buddies||´ Set cost|
|´||´ Most start in London & I fly into Paris|
My biggest problem is that I’m 27, so I can’t get a cheap Eurail pass. It’s going to cost me $765 base for a 15 day continuous pass but then there are seat reservations on top. I can get a Contiki tour from $2400 and that includes 18days accommodation, most meals, transport etc.
Then, just to confuse things, there is also the debate of Contiki v. Top deck. Top deck actually have a better tour for me – covers all the countries I want and it’s starts in Rome, so I can hang about in Paris for a week and then head down to Rome for the tour. I’m a little hesitant about Top deck. Not because I don’t think that they will be ok, but because I feel like I’m more of a Contiki girl. I’ve done a little nosing around to check out what others have to say and they seem to be pretty similar. I actually think Top deck might be more my style but can I abandon that consumerist instinct that has been belted into me all my life? Who knows… let me know your thoughts!