AARP Travel Advice — Leave Time to Explore

Slow Down — Mary K. Jensen — World Traveler and Author

Don’t Feel Compelled to Join a Tour — Bob and Ellie Tupper — Beer Geeks

House-sit to Travel the World — Kelly Hayes-Raitt — HouseSit Diva

Pack Light in Italy — Francesca Montillo — Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures

Go Slow — Stephanie Montague — PoppinSmoke

  1. Limit the number of cities you visit in a single trip. It’s tempting to squeeze as much as possible into whatever time you have, but you will get more out of your experience if you pick a small number of places and take the time to enjoy them.
  2. Don’t over-schedule your days. Leave time for wandering, people-watching, and exploring side streets. In many cities, you couldn’t “see everything” if you stayed there for a month, let alone a few days. Pick a few tourist sites that are most important to you and leave the rest of your time for discovering gems.
  3. Find out where the locals hang out and make yourself a regular. If you spend all your time at major tourist sites or TripAdvisor’s top-10 recommended restaurants, you will only get the tourist experience. Try a few hole-in-the-wall bars and ask for recommendations for a restaurant frequented by natives.

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