“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert
Venturing around the globe provides a view of faraway lands, cultures, and communities. But too often our vacations aren’t long enough to allow us to explore every corner of our destinations. Because travelers need to prioritize the most important locations on their tourists’ lists, it’s essential that they know which sites are must-sees. Here are three places to visit during every vacation.
1. A Local Restaurant
There are few things more enjoyable than an authentic, down-home meal. Officially, there are more than 100 global cuisines; each centered around a unique culture, preparation style, and region. Vacationing in a new location affords you the rare opportunity to experience new foods, prepared by native chefs. When you travel, make a habit of asking residents for their recommendations on the best local restaurant in town. Adopting this practice will allow you to get to know your destination on a deeper (and tastier) level.
2. A Cultural Staple
Every city, state, and country has a cultural feature that is exclusive to its location. Mexico City has Tenochtitlán, the ancient ruins of the Aztecs’ principal city. In Rome, you can visit the Colosseum, where gladiators entertained crowds of thousands. The Pyramids at Giza, one of the seven wonders of the world, are Egypt’s cultural staple. These awe-inspiring features can’t be seen anywhere else on the globe, and they are steeped with a rich history. Such important places are too valuable to be missed, so make sure you keep them at the top of your list.
3. The Most Popular Tourist Attraction
Last but not least is the most popular tourist attraction. As tempting as it may be to shy away from the long lines, crowded areas and typical vacation photos, don’t. Disneyland is popular because it’s arguably the happiest place on Earth. The Statue of Liberty is world-famous because of its powerful symbolism. And the Eiffel Tower is beloved because of its beautiful architecture. Sure, these places are packed with fellow tourists. And it may take a full day to fully experience them, but they are worth it. Wherever you travel, find the most popular attraction and see what the hype is about. You won’t regret it.
On vacation, time flies. Weeks feel like days, and days feel like hours. Thus, you have to tour the sites that hold the most meaning. Keep this handy, and rest assured that you won’t miss out on creating memories that will last a lifetime.