Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Traveling Without a Guide is the Way to Travel

Traveling Without a Guide is the Way to Travel.


Yes. You have read correctly. I think traveling without a guide is the way to go.

Let’s see Laura. How does that work? If I travel without a guide, I don’t know where to go and I’ll be lost the whole time.

Exactly. You get lost… And getting lost while you travel is the best thing that can happen to you.

That way you discover places you had never heard about…

You are forced to talk to locals who are usually willing to tell you stories about their town or their city…

You are freed from structured city tours lead by city guides who only take you to shops where they can get commissions for what you buy…

If you get lost, you’ll probably come back home with amazing stories (although not necessarily always good), they’ll still make your adventures more interesting than if you simply tell your friends and family you visited the Roman Colloseum, the Roman Forum or the Spanish Steps.

Life is unpredictable…and people even more so. That is why it is so fun to travel without a guide. So you learn about locals and their culture…

“No place is the same without its people,” so the saying goes. And when we travel with guides, many times we visit museums, buildings and nothing else, forgetting about the city’s essence: its inhabitants.

I know it is not always easy (especially when you don’t speak the local language), but it is a lot more fun, more enriching, and when you finish your trip, you have a lot more stories to tell.

This blog will be filled with stories from guideless traveling: some normal, some curious, surreal and other simple crazy and unbelievable…Those types of stories that surprise you when you travel and then remember when a smile on your face, even if they weren't cheerful when htey actually happened to you.

Hope you like them.

Best of luck.



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