Pros and Cons of Doing a DIY/ Joining a Tour

A lot of people are asking which of these two is better. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) or Joining a tour? And it’s not an easy question to answer. In my opinion, there are people who would like to spend a little bit of money to get away from the stress of organizing a trip. And likewise there are people too who wants their travel/trips to be “cheap” that’s why they choose DIY instead. Well there’s no write nor wrong answers to this. In this article I will list down the Pros and Cons on both DIY or Joining a tour.

getting lost in it's beauty Claveria Cagayan


I have been doing DIYs for a long time with my family and my friends. I haven’t experienced a lot of tour yet. If you were to ask me, I like doing both depending on my schedule. If my time permits me, I would gladly choose DIY and if I’m busy and don’t have a time to research about the place that I wanted to go to, then I would join a tour.

So let me list down the Pros and Cons of doing a DIY or joining a tour.

DO-IT-YOURSELF Trips

Pros Cons
No Agency Fee Might get scammed if you’re not careful
You’re in-control of your time while traveling You need time for researching on the place
Unplanned adventures! Discover new places Traveling from place to place if commuting
More time to bond with your buddies
Meet new friends along the way
More interaction with the locals

More me time
More “ALONE” time

You'll learn to be independent with your friends
You’ll learn to be independent with your friends

More interaction with the locals
More interaction with the locals


Getting lost is FUN!

Joining a Tour

Pros Cons
Less planning on your part Eliminates the thrill
Sometimes they offer better hotels Agency fee (it maybe minimal but still)
Meeting new people with you on tour A bit expensive than DIY
Ease of traveling

Meeting new people on tour as well
Meeting new people on tour as well

Worry free, you can focus on the FUN activities
Joining a tour is worry free, you can focus on the FUN activities instead.

But hey! It doesn’t really matter if you go on a DIY trip or join a tour. The important thing is you enjoyed your travel and gained fun and meaningful experiences. Right? So which do you think is better DIY or joining a tour? Let us know on the comment.

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