USTOA in the Dallas Morning News

Published Aug 14, 2011 12:00AM

In Macedonia, The Lure of the Grape

When you go: Considerations

You’re not alone if you’re a bit intimidated by a mountain of travel choices. Here are things to consider as you make plans.

  • What kind of travel experience do you want? Be honest with yourself, but don’t let any restrictions deter you. 

  • What kind of traveler are you? Do you want to fill every waking moment with sightseeing or some activity? Or do you want time for relaxing? Perhaps a combination of the two? 

  • Do you like to travel alone or is a companion a must? On most tours it’s much less expensive for single travelers to share accommodations with someone of the same sex. 

  • Think of recent trips you’ve taken. Did they satisfy? If so, why? If not, how come? What might you have done differently?

  •  If you’re still unclear as to what kind of tour would suit you, there’s help. The United States Tour Operators Association has a quick test on its website. In addition, the USTOA offers a vast amount of information on tours. Contact: 

  • Consider working with a travel agent who has expertise in the kind of trip and experience you want. A good agent can handle many details of a trip for you.


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