- Posted August 10, 2013 by
Courtenay, British Columbia
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100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips
Don't Follow the Crowd
Humans generally have a herd mentality and tourists are no exception. We tend to congregate and follow each other to the same popular travel destinations. However, removing yourself from mainstream tourist traffic can have its own financial and cultural rewards. For instance, instead of staying at a large hotel chain situated near some busy tourist attraction, opt for a lesser known place a few minutes away. You will likely find this alternative far less expensive and much more quiet and relaxing.
By veering slightly off the beaten tourist track, you will be more open to opportunities for exploration and discovery. Less contact with other travelers means more interaction with local people who are often more than happy to talk and direct you to an excellent restaurant or market that might not be mentioned in any guidebook. Furthermore, utilizing local advice can potentially help you avoid paying some of the inflated prices charged in other areas that are more frequented by tourists. I have found that many of my favourite travel experiences have resulted from using this approach.
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