When I Travel, I want to to really experience the place I am visiting. I don’t want to spend my time in the hotel eating room service and watching TV.
When I travel, if I can, I partner up with a local. I want to know where they eat, where they drink and how they live. By a local, I don’t mean a hired guide (necessarily), nor does partner up with mean spending all day everyday with them.
When I travel, I research beforehand. I use everything from TripAdvisor, to Michelin, to just plain ‘ol Google. If I can find a local City Magazine online I will read about the hot new places. That’s how I found all the great places Downtown LA earlier this year (read about that here, here and here). You’d be surprised what not-so-hidden gems you can find with a little help from Mr. Google.
When I travel, I ask everyone from the taxi driver, to the concierge to the bell boy to the valet attendant to the bar tender: “Where do YOU eat?” Not “Where do you send guests?” I keep pushing until I get a real answer. I had to ask this question 5+ times to the fine folks in Memphis a few years ago until I finally got directions to a basement BBQ joint with stellar food a block or two off Beale.
When I travel, I ask the hive mind of Facebook, G+, Twitter and readers here where I should go.
When I travel, food is an important part of my journey, but not the only part. I’ll hit the museums (both acclaimed and hidden). I’ll take walking tours. I will rent a bike ( I love cities with bike share programs).
How do you travel? How do you recommend I improve my travel?