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What is your travel style?

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I began traveling in 1963 when there wasn't the tourist infrastructure that we have now. I was very unorganized, just going to places I'd heard about, never taking tours and not even having a guidebook until Frommers $5.00 per day came out in about 1965 or 1966 or thereabouts.

There's a good deal about my travel that has changed--e.g.,reserving hotels and arranging for transportation via the internet and reading guidebooks to find places of interest. However, there's still much that hasn't changed, so that I waste a lot of time and don't always see everything I want to see.

My stay in Warsaw in June was a case in point. I left without visiting the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews and the Warsaw Rising Museum. I'd wanted to see more WWII sites, such as the remnant of the Jewish ghetto wall and the Jewish cemetery, but I ran out of time. I never really saw much in the way of social realist architecture or art, either.

I plan on returning to Warsaw in 2016, either in June or September, and I have a different plan in mind. There's a tour company that has a WWII tour, a Cold War tour, and a day trip to the Wolf's Lair.

When I went to the Wolf's Lair in June, I didn't plan well. I didn't have a guide, just tagged along with a German couple and their Polish guide. The tour I plan on taking costs a bit over $250, but I don't think that's outrageous because I probably spent more than that in June, renting a car, filling it with expensive gas, staying two nights at a cheezy hotel, eating dinner there, and paying for a taxi that took me to the Wolf's Lair.

Do you have ideas to share with me that may help save my body and my time? I don't worry much about costs, so I'd prefer a taxi or a tour rather than walking too much. I love to walk but I can't go much more than 3 miles at a whack before my legs get too tired.

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