I'm planning to take a solo trip to China in the fall. I've traveled on my own in Europe but China seems like a whole different ball game. This trip is a really big step for me and it's important that it be "successful", that I can feel good about my decision to do it, after the fact.
I'm leaning toward a tour for the following reasons:
1. All arrangements will be taken care of (hopefully!)
2. Being part of a group so I won't feel/be totally out there on my own, all the time--both in terms of safety/security and the loneliness factor. I'm fairly shy and so am concerned I would have difficulty connecting with random folks not on my tour.
Leaning toward going independent because:
1. This is likely to be my one and only trip to China. I don't want to spend it with mobs of other tourists. With the exception of very expensive tours, most seem to visit the same places and do the same things. I'd like to get off the beaten path, at least a little.
I'm not quite sure which will be best for me and I'd really love to get advice, feedback, suggestions, encouragement etc. I need all the help I can get!