It’s impossible not to feel a little vulnerable from time to time while traveling.
More often than not, for shorter visits, you don’t pay for a local SIM card. And WiFi, while available at most hotels and cafes, is not guaranteed. You can’t always depend as heavily on the tech in your pocket as you would when navigating a new city back home.
As my husband and I both grew up in large & historic US cities, we we are no strangers to tourists and the businesses designed to trap them.
When you are the one holding the guidebook and turning in circles, it is impossible not to feel a bit heart-warmed and encouraged when someone takes a moment from their busy life to offer you assistance.
Between the advise of friends and the meta data of global internet reviews, you can put together a pretty comprehensive itinerary. It can sometimes be hard to connect all the dots you’ve acquired, and for that daunting task, we have enjoyed the guidance of Rick Steves.
Rick Steves has been a wonderful travel companion. We love the historical context and practical advice his guidebooks give.
Travel is a lot more rich when you are offered a chance to share in the great historical subtleties of your hosting city’s cultural landscape.
He shares his thoughts on what is best outsourced to local guides as well as when & how to enjoy your own quiet, self-guided city strolls. We love the time saving tips and thoughtful insight he has put into his lectures and books. *Carry change for public restrooms there. Buy your tickets online and you won’t wait three hours in line, these four museums have a ton of overlap, pick what’s most important to you between these three variables...*