When traveling to a new place, do you generally like to act more like a tourist and see the best known features, or act more like a local and scout out lesser-known activities?
The last couple of states I’ve called home were in one way or another vacation destinations so I’ve gotten pretty good at finding those gems and I’ll prolly continue doing so.
A little of both! Gotta see the "famous sights", but there's always so much more to a city/country than the top 10 attractions on TripAdvisor...
Though we like to see the must see, must do stuff, we don’t visit foreign lands without exploring the areas outside of the tourist zones. We like to get out and mix with the locals, experience the culture, see the land as the natives see it, etc.
Forget the tourist traps. I make friends with some locals and go from there.
Both, to differing extents, depending on where I’m traveling. I’ll want to see tourist spots, but I enjoy road trips around the country too, getting lost and finding the hidden things.
I like going to places that haven’t been widely found by tourists yet. That’s where it’s at. I was in Macedonia and Albania last year.
I do both
I tour on the earlier days
and do some finding on the last few
In Europe I always look for the hidden gems. The tourist traps are terrible. Rome, for example, is so easy to suck you into tourist trap restaurants and you can find some amazing mom and pop restaurants if you get off the main streets.
Depends on the country. Greece? Tourist! Ireland? Hidden gems
Thats why we love vrbo. Rent someone’s house and live as a local. Go to their grocery stores, their hole in the wall pubs and shops. Get to know the people and get their suggestions on what to see. Got a trip to Iceland coming up. Cant wait!
I️ found that YouTube is a pretty good travel guid for local gems but you can’t not go see the tourist stuff too
I'm a straight-up tourist when I'm forced to be. I can get good local stuff at home, and I'm a very reluctant traveller.
I love being a tourist. I would have my daughter with me so it feels like the first time through her eyes. ❤️💕
I prefer a little of both but the main attractions are exactly that for a reason. It's not like I'm going to go to Niagara Falls and not see go look at the water lol.
I cant take tourists.
I’ll ask the guy driving the cab where he would go for lunch.
And if you are ever in Europe ask a pack of teenagers where shady shit goes down at night, they all know for some reason...you will end up at some underground tournament where ppl are fighting to the death and shit.
I prefer the big well known attractions but I would also not mind looking for hidden gems.
Gems. I enjoy exploring local customs, etc. & getting well off the beaten path while traveling. I'll also try my best to blend in with my attire & speech just to not be ID'd as a typical tourist. No red double-decker sightseeing buses for me!
Depends on how long I’m there for. If I’m staying for 6 months I’ll forget about the tourist stuff and get to making a home for myself. If I’m there for a weekend, then I’ll do what tourists do.
I hate crowds, so wherever the crowds aren't.
Some of both
Mix of both
Classics when going there the first time. If I think the area is friendly to tourists then we usually talk about planning another trip back to hit more nontouristy parts
Too often the locals forget to visit the tourist sites in their own city. They attract crowds usually because they are amazing. Just skip the "this city's version" of the Hard Rock Cafe etc.
The roads less traveled are usually the most fun & lots of serendipity’s😊❗️
Find out where the locals eat together the best food.
A bit of both. I'd want to see the "must see" sights, tourist-style, especially if my time there is limited, but I'd also like to become comfortable there. Especially if I might want to move there for an extended stay someday.