Wednesday, November 26, 2008
For as long as I can remember, everytime we travel, we like to go free and easy. Hubby and I do not like to follow conducted tours. We would purchase a copy of a guide book to where we are travelling to, and find our way around. We find that it is more interesting, and leisurely. And if we like a place, we can stay as long as we like, or scoot off if it does not appeal to us. And I sure hate those 6am morning calls!!
The last time we took a guided tour was some 6 years ago to China, but that was part of a school group with my children attending immersion classes, and most of the people on that tour were friends from school, so that was different, and was actually quite enjoyable.
For our year-end vacation this year, however, we are taking a tour! Gasp! Our destination was decided on based on a family vote, and we are off to Tokyo and Hokkaido! Since Hokkaido is a place that is new to hubby and me, we do not speak Japanese, and with the winter weather conditions, we thought we had better follow a tour. Being unfamiliar with the place and having to drive in the ice and snow can be quite dangerous! The tour that we found, fortunately has a number of free and easy days! So, I think we should be not be too harried this time round.
I am so looking forward to the food there. And the skiing and onsen too. Tokyo and Hokkaido, here we come!!