Generally speaking, there are two types of travelers: those who love guided tours, and those who would rather be trampled by sheep than be herded like them into a tourist attraction. Tours are as old as the tourism industry itself, but theme tours are a newer phenomenon. Promising an inside look at your favorite movies, books, and TV shows, they offer an experience many argue you simply can’t get on your own.
A tour of Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a Thrones fan, but fundamental questions remain: Is it worth it? Is it too expensive? Couldn’t I just do it on my own?
Your stance on guided theme tours likely speaks volumes about who you are as a traveler and what your priorities are. Unsurprisingly, there are people on the Matador Network staff who fall on either side: Senior copy editor Aryana Azari, a fan of guided theme tours who writes that they’re more on the enlightening side of life, and senior staff writer Eben Diskin, who believes that guide tours are infuriating.