I was talking about my trip to a friend over breakfast and the waitress asked the typical where & when questions, but she also asked "how". Now, my smart-azz response was "umm, getting on a plane and going?" But what she wanted to know what which tour group I booked "my package" through. When I told her I didn't do that, I simply booked my flight and found hotels she was mortified! I was promptly informed that my whole trip will be a disaster and that I (as a single woman travelling alone) really should reconsider.
WTF?? Virtually every horror story I've heard is because the tour operator screwed up and something went horribly awry (i.e. the current hotel overbooking thread here). I'm not saying nothing ever goes wrong with individuals booking, but I would rather only be able to kick myself for something like that.
So, I'll pose the question to you guys - package or DIY? And, why did you choose the way you did? At this point it's pure curiosity - I'm not going to go change everything... I just wanted to ask.