Updated: 07/23/18 | July 23rd, 2018

As winter season continues on and the days get colder, I find people begin to think of travel: warmer places, tropical beaches, and spring trips. My inbox fills up much more than normal with questions on where to escape to, what to see, and things to do.

But there is always a common theme to these emails: people want to avoid the “touristy” stuff. They want to avoid the crowds and see the local side of a city.

”I don’t want to go to Paris. It’s too touristy. Where else can I go that is like it but without the crowds?”

I wince when I see statements like this. I understand the desire to explore places and find hidden gems. We want a peek at the local life. We want to be Indiana Jones and feel like we‘re discovering and experiencing something new, not simply joining a horde of other tourists and purchasing into mass consumption.

It’s good to see something different and explore what hasn’t been Disneyfied for tourists. but this idea that simply because a place is popular it’s become “too touristy” and thus ruined is….well, crap.

Paris is not touristy.

Neither is new York City.

Or Bangkok.

Or Cairns.

Or any other city in the world.

No place in the world is “too touristy.”

The problem isn‘t the destination — the problem is where you’re going when you’re there. The only thing that’s touristy are the spots you choose to see. The beaten path is beaten because it’s popular and everyone wants to see it. Why do the crowds clutter around the Eiffel Tower? because it’s amazing. Why do people flock to Times Square? because it’s iconic.

But if you’re sick of tourists and want a “local feel,” all you have to do is avoid those spots. venture away from the crowds. odds are good that you won’t find them a few blocks over. 90% never stray off the path. To say a city of millions of people is “touristy” is to focus on the traveler spots and then say that the whole city/country/region is like that.

And that’s just not true.

I live in new York City. each day thousands of tourists wander its streets. I rarely notice them. I rarely see them. Γιατί; because I’m not walking around Times Square, clamoring to see the wall street bull, or combating my way around the Met.

Instead, I hang out in my local neighborhoods and shops that many tourists won’t ever find or go to. My pals and I just live in this city and go where we know to go. I in some cases forget that nyc is one of the most significant traveler destinations in the world because in my day to day life I’m not involved in that side of a city.

If you‘re only going to the most well-known sights, you’ll find any place touristy. walk away from that area and head down a back alley and into a new neighborhood, and all of a sudden you’re surrounded by locals and experiencing local life.

Next time you wince whatsoever the tourists, look at your surroundings. Are you in a famous, highly popular area? if so, change where you are. Don’t skip the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, and make sure to walk the Champs-Élysées.

But then keep walking — you’ll leave behind the crowds who will never venture past that one block, and you’ll be totally free to explore new, untouristy areas all by yourself.

And once you start doing that, you’ll never call any city touristy ever again.

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Book Your trip to Paris: Logistical suggestions and Tricks
Κλείστε την πτήση σας
Χρησιμοποιήστε το Skyscanner ή το Momondo για να βρείτε μια πτήση χαμηλού κόστους. They are my two favorite search engines because they search sites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned. start with Skyscanner first though because they have the most significant reach!

Κλείστε το κατάλυμα σας
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the most significant inventory and best deals. Εάν θέλετε να μείνετε κάπου εκτός από έναν ξενώνα, χρησιμοποιήστε το Booking.com καθώς επιστρέφουν σταθερά τις πιο προσιτές τιμές για τους ξενώνες και τα ξενοδοχεία χαμηλού κόστους. Τα αγαπημένα μου μέρη για διαμονή είναι:

St. Christopher’s Canal

3 Ducks Hostel

Les Piaules

If you’re searching for much more places to stay, here for my favorite hostels in Paris. and if you’re wondering what part of town to stay in, here’s my neighborhood breakdown of the city!

Μην ξεχνάτε την ασφάλιση ταξιδιού
Travel insurance will safeguard you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s extensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’veέπρεπε να το χρησιμοποιήσω πολλές φορές στο παρελθόν. Οι αγαπημένες μου εταιρείες που προσφέρουν την καλύτερη υπηρεσία και αξία είναι:

Πτέρυγα ασφαλείας (για όλους κάτω από 70)

Ασφαλίστε το ταξίδι μου (για όσους άνω των 70)

Medjet (για πρόσθετη κάλυψη επαναπατρισμού)

Ψάχνετε για τις καλύτερες εταιρείες για να εξοικονομήσετε χρήματα;
Ελέγξτε τη σελίδα πόρων μου για τις καλύτερες εταιρείες που θα χρησιμοποιήσετε όταν ταξιδεύετε. Παραθέτω όλα αυτά που χρησιμοποιώ για να εξοικονομήσω χρήματα όταν είμαι στο δρόμο. Θα σας εξοικονομήσουν χρήματα όταν ταξιδεύετε επίσης.

Χρειάζεστε έναν οδηγό;
Το Παρίσι έχει μερικές πραγματικά ενδιαφέρουσες περιηγήσεις. Η αγαπημένη μου εταιρεία είναι να κάνετε βόλτες. Έχουν οδηγούς εμπειρογνωμόνων και μπορούν να σας πάρουν πίσω από τις σκηνές στα καλύτερα αξιοθέατα της πόλης. Είναι η εταιρεία μου για τα πόδια!

Αν θέλετε μια περιοδεία με ποδήλατο, χρησιμοποιήστε περιηγήσεις λιπαρών ελαστικών. Έχουν τα καλύτερα και πολλά οικονομικά αποδοτικά ταξίδια ποδηλάτων στην πόλη.

Θέλετε πολύ περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το Παρίσι;
Φροντίστε να ελέγξετε τον ισχυρό οδηγό προορισμού μας στο Παρίσι για ακόμη περισσότερες συμβουλές σχεδιασμού!



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