We've been traveling a bit and in more recent years we've been keeping a daily diary of where we have been and what we've been doing. This is mostly to help us remember but may be of interest to others.
One thing about most of these trips (China and Egypt are excluded) is that we have avoided holiday packages and gone in search of our own experience and been plesantly surprised at how easy it is.
All this came about as a result of travelling on a package tour to Nepal and India some years ago. There was nothing wrong with the tour mind except that it was expensive and the person we thought was our guide turned out to have little knowledge of either country and was there primarily to shepherd us and carry our passports for us.
So we asked the question "how hard can it be?". The answer seems to be "not very" but some days are a definite surprise.