Globus Debuts New Independent Touring Option

Globus' new offering is a good fit for independent travelers looking for easier booking and traveling.

People taking a picture of themselves at Montserrat in Spain
(Photo: Christine Sarkis)

The structure and support of a tour without the tour group–that’s the idea behind Globus’ new Independence by Globus offering. And it’s an interesting option for people who want the ease of planning that comes with tour travel but don’t want to commit to the group travel style, or for independent travelers who simply want some help with the booking and access to an expert at their destination. 

Here’s the scoop: Independence by Globus gives travelers access to curated hotels, daily breakfast, transportation between cities, and excursions (which guests can select from), plus on-site access to Local Hosts, knowledgeable and friendly experts who are available to help with logistics and recommendations. Because Independence is tapping into Globus’ global network of providers, prices are competitive and offerings are thoroughly screened. 

Globus had a similar product for years called Monograms, which I used twice (in Spain and Italy). The ease of travel (especially the help that came with getting from city to city) and central hotels, plus the exceptional recommendations by local hosts (I still return back to the spots I discovered thanks to the recommendations of those experts) made these trips memorable. So I’m excited that the company has brought the concept to the broader Globus audience. 

There are already a bunch of Independence trips to choose among in Europe, Africa, Central and South America, Asia, and the South Pacific. A few that stand out are London and Paris, Kenya Safari, Costa Rica Wonders, Best of Australia & New Zealand, Treasures of Japan, and India: The Golden Triangle. And Globus confirmed it would be expanding the offerings as demand grew. 

Christine Sarkis is the co-founder of Vacationist Media and editor-in-chief of TourScoop and She is the former executive editor of, a travel publication owned by Tripadvisor. Her work has been published in dozens of publications including Conde Nast Traveler and USAToday, and she has been quoted in print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also offered tips for travelers on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now.