As a tourist what do you look for?

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@allknowing (68528)
India
February 5, 2018 7:17pm CST
Package tours take us to famous sights but I always wanted much more. I wanted to feel the place and I got do that when I spent a few days with my niece in New Jersey. I travelled by a local train,a bus, went to a farmers' market and even to a fish market. I noticed it was so different from what I see in India. She then took me to a small park where her kids spend time. I visited a church and ate at restaurants. There were several run by those from other countries. Shopping in Malls was great too. At the time I travelled we in India did not have many Malls. I went berserk just spending time in those Malls. What do you look for as a tourist?
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@DianneN (81925)
• United States
6 Feb
I like small group tours that are guided in foreign countries, where I don't understand the language. I'm sure you had a wonderful time, especially in those malls. lol
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
When I was in the US I was like a child specially at those Malls. I was left there to spend time. They went about their chores and came to pick me up much later (lol)
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@DianneN (81925)
• United States
6 Feb
@allknowing It must have been like a giant candy store to you. Ha ha!
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
@DianneN It indeed was.
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• Bogota, Colombia
14 Feb
As a tourist I look for travel like a local, so a try to keep in touch with local people, so they can show me touristic and not touristic places. But, in general, I always look for outdoors activities like national parks, I love hiking so that is my first choice before stay in downtown or museums,
@allknowing (68528)
• India
14 Feb
Some travel agents offer packages that are interest specific which is a good thing as those who travel will in that group have common interests and therefore that tour should prove successful.
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• Bogota, Colombia
14 Feb
@allknowing Yes, I know, I use to travel by my own, so sometimes for me is more interesting visit a city with a local than with tourist, at the same time I save money.
@Kandae11 (40188)
6 Feb
When I went to New York years ago, I visited Jones Beach, Coney Island a very large museum - and Times Square of course.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
Was that a tour or just a visit?
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@Kandae11 (40188)
6 Feb
@allknowing It was my first time there as a single young woman.
@RitzzView (2758)
• India
6 Feb
Wow nice. I haven't been tourist yet. but if i would, my first priority would have been the food place(restaurants, cafes etc) and chocolates. I am very fond of different texures of chocolates from different countries.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
I am a chocolate foodie too and every country I visited I bought chocolates from there.
@RitzzView (2758)
• India
6 Feb
@allknowing That's one f the coolest thing I've read
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@marguicha (100002)
• Chile
6 Feb
I like to walk at my own pace at least part of the time
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
That one never gets to do while on conducted tours. They are always in a hurry and that now I cannot dream of doing.
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@marguicha (100002)
• Chile
6 Feb
@allknowing. That is why I usually travel with friends or family
@BelleStarr (39598)
• United States
7 Feb
I usually travel on my own and I want to visit the local museums, eat at local restaurants and shop in the local stores especially grocery stores. So many things I don't see at home.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
7 Feb
That is how it should be. I take package tours as I am useless alone (lol)
@JudyEv (129888)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Feb
I like to see the countryside and farm life if possible. I'm not a big city fan.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
While I do like to sight see as I have said in my post there is more than just sight seeing. When I was in Germany I tried to remember a few expressions - I have learnt a bit of German - to use there (lol)
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@youless (93016)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Feb
I often check the local souvenir as it will be the best gifts for my friends and family when I am back from the travel. Of course I will also check the local malls to see whether there are some nice food or snacks that I can bring back.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
I also picked up quite a souvenirs I remember picking a whole lot of fridge magnets for distribution here and landed with none left for me (lol)
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@allen0187 (33876)
• Philippines
6 Feb
I prefer to have my own itinerary rather than join group tours. I want to live as a local in the places that I visit so I want to be immersed in their day to day living and culture.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
That is what every tourist should look for. Sight seeing is fine but to immerse in the day to day life and culture makes a tour complete
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@SIMPLYD (81357)
• Philippines
6 Feb
I always look for something that is distinct in a place, like the beautiful sights that only them has. I also like to taste their delicacy, their malls, and souvenir shops too.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
That is what a tourist should look for.
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@maezee (32970)
• United States
6 Feb
I agree with all of those things plus I like natural wonders as well, cool landscapes and hiking.
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@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
The tour package normally includes those landscapes but not those mundane things which for me were experiences.
@oahuwriter (3116)
• United States Minor Outlying Islands
6 Feb
I like you did the same things. I like to get free things like a chopstick package that has a restaurant name so to remember things. Now that I'm older, I sell the things I bought, or try to sell them anyway, on letgo.com. Many souvenir takes space and time to clean, so I didn't get many. Drinking in the atmosphere and to commit to memory sights, sounds and tastes so I can remember them as I do now. Digital pictures are good to take of family so you'll always have them with you. These are the things I like to do when I travel.
@allknowing (68528)
• India
6 Feb
I had picked up serviettes from various restaurants as memorabilia.
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@rakski (20691)
• Philippines
6 Feb
tourist spots! famous and not. something catchy and beautiful places. but of course do not forget the malls. Being a tourist is not complete without going to the mall.
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@Deepizzaguy (14485)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
6 Feb
Basically an amusement park, great restaurants to eat good food and finding a water park.
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