I know, I know — this is against all the rules your parents taught you as a curious three-year-old, but it’s been the best way I’ve discovered local gems along this journey.
The key has been for me to initiate the conversation and ask for their guidance. That’s sometimes easier said than done, but this entire experience has been about pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.
For this European adventure, I intentionally made sure I had my lodging and flights arranged in advance (I would have suffered a mild panic attack otherwise), but as for my daily activities, I wanted the option to choose as I go. No “must-see lists” — just me waking up each day and deciding what I felt like doing.
One of my biggest anxieties around travel is that I’ll have an unsatisfying meal (sad, yet true)…