//It is the first time I write TOEFL essay. If you can point out the mistakes and polish it up, I will be really grateful.
DIY your trip
Tremendous number of people have affinity to travelling, which is the best way to relax with the beloved ones, and explore new possibilities on one's own. However, disputes on the perfect way to travel has never ceased. Someone prefer looking for travel agencies to get a well-planned trip in group with an experienced guide, while others who always want to try new things, will choose a self-designed tour. To my extent, I am fond of quieter, more seclude and less famous sites. Thus I prefer not to go with a group of people, some of which I have barely know before, and not with a guide as well.
It is certain the preparation and the whole journey will be less stressing and tiring if you pay your money to the agency or to a tour guide. Nevertheless, in my opinion, you also pay the interesting part to them as well. You may know some knowledge from the tour guide during your packed visit to most sites, but if you design your trip on your own, you will gain much more knowledge than that. Besides, without a talkative guide, your trip will be purer, rendering your concentration on the beauty you are about to see.
Another reason is that your schedule will be flexible if you are not in a group. You will never know what will happen during your journey. Sometimes, a random talk with local people may open a new gate to you. Some hidden scene that will be breathtaking, some special events you happen to participate in, all of these you must not want to miss, especially for a scenic guy like me. You can reschedule your route as your will as long as you are off the group. Without the bound of other people, you can set your own suitable pace.
The last lies in the freedom to choose places to visit. You can taste the most authentic food in a fabulous restaurant, or you can live in a local people's house to make friends. You can even ignore those popular sites which says "Never miss" or something like that. Sometimes, you may encounter with some wonderful sight by just aimless wandering on the street. A cozy afternoon with a book you long for reading in a café is never a bad choice. You can have whatever you want in a different place. What I always do is to live like a local people, having breakfast by the street, wandering by the sea, appreciating the sunset and the starry night. All of these are nearly impossible if you go with a group. I have to admit it is fun as well, however, I will stick to my way to travel by myself.
Conclusively, DIY your trip without the help of a guide may be demanding but worth trying. The freedom you gained is much more precious than you can imagine.