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Do less V. Tour

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We have been traveling independently for over 40 years. The basic premise of our trips is that we would rather know a few places well, than many poorly. Occasionally, we will go on a tour lasting no more than a day.

Our last two trips, we violated our own rules even though each was almost three weeks in duration, one to Turkey and the another which was a combination of Belgium of The Netherlands. Now that we are older, what was once an engaging has become tiring. Schelepping bags, changing trains, and driving in towns we do not know, has lost some of its charm.

My wife likes to take time for drawing and painting, while I like to take photos and try to appreciate where we are. We love museums, art, architecture, observing life as others live it, walking cities and the country, and eating. Especially good meals at inexpensive prices. We could care less about shopping, the standard tourists spots unless they are exceptional, and a clean, well-maintained hotel, and safe hotel is enough. Usually on a trip we will splurge for a grander hotel for a short stay and dine at a well-regarded restaurant.

Here is the question. Do you just change the way we think of traveling and stay longer at even fewer places or do the drastic and take a tour be thrown in the back of bus and told when to eat and jump?

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