Many people recommend paying to do a tour of the countries you plan on visiting. Tours such as Contiki have grown in popularity as an option for people to travel around countries or regions. These tours offer the benefit of not having to do your own independent research and bookings for hotels. Furthermore, travelling with other people is safer and you can meet some people and become great friends by the end. The limitations of tours is the freedom to explore the place by yourself and having no one to tell you what to do and when to do it. Also, some tours tend to be more expensive. For those who have been on one of these tours, and have also travelled alone, which do you prefer?