TOEFL Essay Topic 74 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The best way to travel is in a group led by a tour guide. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Most people likes travelling, out of which they expect an interesting experience. I am also interested in travelling, and I
Most people likes travelling, out of which they expect an interesting experience. I am also interested in travelling, and I agree with the idea that the best way is to travel alone. Some people prefer travelling in a group lead by a tour guide. They believe it is more convenient, as there is always a guide who is ready to direct them and help them with the scheduling and other logistic issues. Also, others hold that such an experience can give travellers more chances to get to know some new friends on the trip. Undoubtedly, there are some points in traveling in a group led by a tour guide. However, I would like to say one`s travelling experience will be more exciting, flexible if he decide to travel by himself.
First of all, it is more challenge, and also more exciting, to travel alone, since the traveller has to make every arrangement by himself before he starts off, and to make every decision during the trip. Although he might think it is so tough at the very beginning, he soon will enjoy doing so since the most important part in travelling is just to try something different from his routine life, to be a true “yourself”. Last Summer, I went to Montreal, Quebec by myself. During the trip, I met with many difficulties, including the unfamiliarity with the environment, the problem with the language and so on. I told myself it was exactly what the travel, as well as the life, should be even if I had not expected it at all before the trip. I finally managed to make everything in order and at the same to enjoy as much natural scenary and city sightseeing as possible. It was a rewarding experience- I can still remember every details of that trip, because I experienced it.
Secondly, to travel by himself makes it possible for the traveller to enjoy more freedom, both physically and mentally. When in a tour group, most of the cases, travellers cannot decide on their own schedule and itinerary. It is always the case that a traveller finds out something or some place of interest to him in the trip, but has to give it up as he cannot spend more time on it when his tour group is scheduled to head for somewhere else. What a sad experience! However, it is not a problem at all for a person travelling by himself, who can have a more flexible travelling plan and arrangement on which he is the only decision maker. It is true that to travel in a group makes it easier for a traveller to make friends with each other. However, it does not necessarily mean that the travel by himself is not able to know other people and make friends with them. On the contrary, a single traveller is more ready to talk with others and share his experience with people he meet on the way.
In sum, although to travel by oneself is sometimes more challenging, it is truly an interesting, exciting and rewarding experience.