Yes travel tips usually do suck but amongst these 15 are a couple I religiously follow whenever I find myself in a new or familiar place.
11. Do what you want to do. Don’t let someone else — or a guide book — decide. If you don’t want to see the Louvre then don’t see it. Do Paris or London or Rome the way you want to do it. I went through Cairo and didn’t see the pyramids. And while this isn’t a great example, seeing as I’ve regretted that egg-headed decision every day since it occurred — I can live with it. It makes it my trip and my memories and my damn stupid decision.
Those snake farms in Bangkok are boring as hell. I head to the local art galleries, followed by a meal an out-of-the-guide-book restaurant, and after a long walk through the alleys and side streets have a massage at reputable place that caters to the locals. This pattern is repeated in many places I visited. I almost blew a trip to Paris by trying visit every single art gallery the guide books suggested — drove my wife crazy. The most fun we had was a simple evening walk enroute to a wonderful restaurant.
13. Buy your own fruit. It sounds simple. It is simple. Just do it. You’ll love it. And I don’t mean, if there happens to be a fruit stand outside your hotel door you should buy some, because you need to have 9 servings a day. What I mean is, find fruit and buy it. Make it a daily task that you’re going to track down a fruit stand, a farmers’ market (they’re not just in San Francisco) and get some good fresh fruit. The entire process will expose you to elements of daily life you would have otherwise ignored. Trust me: You’ll have memories from your trips to buy fresh fruit.
For fun, dietary and budget reasons I always head to the nearest grocery store or equivalent. As all grocery stores have more or less become homogenized, local markets are your best bet if you are looking for not just fresh food but a unique insight into the culture you are visiting.
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