Entrusting your minute by minute itinerary to Lonely Planet or any other publisher often means just scratching the surface of your destination and closing yourself off to other possibilities.
Travel is a skill and the most practiced travelers are able to get past the surface of a place and truly experience what life is like there.
So what special spots in my hometown do visitors miss?
Whether it means figuring out how to express my introversion overseas or developing an extrovert disguise, learning how to travel as an introvert is going to be one of my biggest challenges on the road.
When I’m in my old age, am I really going to remember a particular dress I wore or book I bought in my 20s? Or am I going to remember the time my friends and I got stranded at a winery in France and had to walk 10km back to our hostel?
So many of the travel stories I hear gloss over these early stages. It would be very easy for me to get disheartened with my seeming lack of progress. So what is my inspiration to keep going?