Here’s a sad admission: I don’t know how to travel. I know how to pack a mean suitcase and sail through airport security like it’s my job; I can book hotels and flights with ease and negotiate killer rates thanks to being an American Express customer; I can sleep through turbulence. However, I don’t know how to go about picking someplace new and wonderful, setting up an itinerary, and doing interesting things once there.
I’m pretty sure I can blunder through being a tourist; you go to Italy, you see Rome, eat pizza and gelato and pasta. Easy. But I don’t want to be a tourist. I live in New York City, and I hate tourists, with their SNEAKERS and gigantic maps and slow walking.
I want to be a traveler; eat where the Italians go out to dinner (or the Spaniards, or the Argentinians, or whatever), walk to the places they walk to, and drink in the bars they drink in. I want to avoid being the international equivalent of the mid-westerners who come here in jorts and eat at the Times Square Olive Garden. Basically, if tourist town is mid-Manhattan, I want to find the Brooklyns of the world. I want to contribute to local economy and meet people, especially people my age, who live somewhere else, not just read about them.
I feel like the internet is full of great airline deals, but when it comes to having a fabulous time elsewhere, especially in the tucked away, non-touristy places, I’m clueless.
Do you all know any good websites or books, or just have any good tips? I’m sure there out there.