Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Travel Tour Package Instead

Friday, January 23, 2015 2 Comments

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

Stonehenge, England: Why Take A Tour Instead  

While the sun sluggishly lit up the whole of London, I was still in a choleric state. It’s because of the lack of morning coffee, which I failed to drink that particular morning, and mostly because of the idea that we are going on a “paid” trip to see the Stonehenge. We paid for a tour, forcryingoutloud!

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

In almost all of my travels to first world countries, I scrimp on tour packages. The most local way to go is to do it yourself, explore, get lost, have fun. Not a fan of tours. I’ve proven that there’s so much more you can do and experience in DIY-ing travels. Why pay when you can have fun in misadventures? 

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

But surprise, surprise: I’ve disproved this longstanding traveologyStonehenge hit me hard on the head. Ouch, paid tours can be rather good!

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

Unlike travels from Tokyo to nearby outskirts, or from Paris to Versailles, it’s rather time-consuming to do a DIY travel from London city to the Stonehenge. The distance and number of transportations you have to endure are not only old school - they’re not cool at all. Now the good thing, the city has such a thing as Tour 229: Simply Stonehenge Morning c/o The Golden Tours Experience London.

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

We rode this huge Stonehenge bus, with a built-in toilet, huge comfortable lazy-boy type of seats, and door-like size windows for viewing the changing of city trees to suburban fields.

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

We sat in a comfortable travel bus with clusters of travelers, oldies, Asians, soloists, families, young friends, mixed combinations. Everyone’s friendly in London, by the end of the trip – we became friends with more than a few people in the bus! We made friends with fellow Chinese travelers who were as noisy and excited as we were. #asiafolksinthehouse!

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

Soon after, everyone’s ushered to get off the bus, with audio gadgets and jackets on. Breathing the same air as the Stonehenge, finally! The guide led us to the queue and the next steps, and then, we were walking towards the UNESCO Heritage Site and world-renowned celestial playground.

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

Side story: you might know a thing or two about Stonehenge. It’s a ring of standing stones, and was built between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago. It’s a prehistoric monument and history says it could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. So many facts, theories, and histories to know about, thanks to the Golden Tours, knowing all of these became easy. haha!

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

Seeing the Stonehenge stand tall was an eye-opener. You'll feel your third eye slowly opening! Haha! The gushing winds made our minds numb on how to explain why such stones were standing tall. The stones looked so like it was moved from a sculptor’s garden down to a much grander setting – mysteriously clean and arranged.

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead
Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

The audio guides and murmurs of people were oddly helping us appreciate the Stonehenge even more, but I think the key takeaway from the Stonehenge experience is that being stoned is one thing, but actual stones can really rock your world! :) It rocks you to your very core about our existence here on earth, and how the thing of the past can even be far greater than that of our present. Perfect example: Stonehenge.

Stonehenge, England: Why It's An Obviously Great Idea To Take A Tour Instead

Can’t believe I’m saying this, my 19 year old self would probably still disagree with me on this… but, have to admit, it helps to take paid travel tours in first world countries, once in a while. Especially if it doesn’t dampen your inner traveller kind of gusto. You get to appreciate a well-liked place in a different kind of comfortable excitement. #oldschoolisstillcool #budgetnomore.




Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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Anonymous said...

Hi I am planning to go to UK next month and still not finalized my itinerary if I will go for tour package or not, Can I ask if you can suggest any travel agency have good tour package going to UK-Edinburgh-Scotland.

Thank you,
Jepoy

Bowdy Wanders said...

Hey Jepoy! Sounds like a good travel plan - I'm absolutely sure you will enjoy Scotland!

I recommend creating your own itinerary if you like enjoying more time doing some exploring. :) This is what I normally go for, and I have never regretted it (yet). Scotland is a beauty, and taking time to enjoy it at your own pace is a must.

However, if you are pressed for time and don't mind spending a few more bucks, you can opt for short day tours, which you can actually avail at the airport when you arrive. No need to worry about booking tours before you arrive there because there are tons of options you can choose from when you are there.

Enjoy!

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