When friends are beginning to plan a trip abroad, they often ask me for my best travel advice, thinking I will share where the cheapest plane tickets can be found or some other secret to travel hacking.
Alas, my best advice has nothing to do with travel hacking. My best advice is this:
Do what YOU want to do.
Do NOT go somewhere because your friend had a great time there, or because Lonely Planet told you to do it, or because you read on this blog that it should “not be missed.” You are putting your money into this experience, and it should be everything YOU want it to be, sans judgement.
Story: When I went to Paris for a long weekend a few years ago, my friends and family went on and fucking on about the fucking Louvre. “You canNOT go to Paris and not go to the Louvre!”
But here’s the thing. I don’t really like art museums, and I certainly didn’t want to spend four of my 48 hours passing through hallways of artifacts that bore me. So, instead of doing what is deemed “necessary” on a trip to Paris, I said FUCK IT. I threw down the 16 Euro admission fee, hiked my ass up to the second floor, took a few pictures with the Mona Lisa, and left the building. Total time in the Louvre: 20 minutes.
I then went across the street, got my ass a chocolate croissant, and spent the rest of the day frolicking around the carnival Fête des Tuileries. I played with cute little French children, rode a ferris wheel for the first time, and smiled a lot more that day than I would have at the Louvre.
So, I repeat, do what YOU want to do. There is no right or wrong. Just go live your best life.