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REI Adventure Travel - Are the trips worth it?

I am looking at a few of the REI travel packages (3-4 day backpacking trips).  Does anyone have any thoughts on if they are worth it?

 

Wondering if it is better to pay to enjoy a trip without the planning (or at least the bulk of it) or is it better to go on your own plans so you are not held to the REI itinerary?

 

 

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It depends on what you’re looking for. If you like to plan your own itinerary and be flexible in what you’re doing, they might not work for you. I travel by myself and am not interested in planning everything out. So, for me, the trips are great. I’ve gone on 4 trips and canceled 2 last year (covid). The guides are great, the other people are a lot of fun, and I don’t need to worry about anything once I hook up with the group. I met a really good friend through one of the trips when we were placed as roommates, and we’ve gone on 2 more trips together, with another coming up. 

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