The solution to over-tourism is to embrace not knowing once again
Love this. I so agree and loved your storytelling. I'm so glad I lived in a very not touristy place (a privilege). I tried to avoid the tourists this summer and spent most of my time in Umbria or Trieste. Next time, Abruzzo!
At least moms never change lol
I love (& endorse) every word of this! I just spent a few days in Venice meandering in her furthest corners in blissful silence. Even in a place that truly battles with the very worst of overtourism, it is possible. (I have been to Acciaroli, it is so so lovely)
Bravo! well said xx
Venice is filled with crowds trying to get that perfect instagram picture in front of a known landmark but if you go right or left around the crowd you are welcomed with quiet walks.
So well said, Danielle. Not just good advice for travel, but for life.
Always enjoy reading your messages. NBH
Spot on. I will never forget my first night of study abroad in Florence, January 1992. Just wandering around a quiet city and being awestruck by the beauty of the buildings at night, not knowing what was around each corner. Trying to figure out how to give this feeling to my (jaded by the Internet) children...
Beautifully written. I lived in a very non-touristy part of Italy for some years and loved discovering it. The phenomenon of "photographs well but feels bad" is exactly what happens, eventually, to a place that photographs spectacularly well and initially feels wonderful, then once it's overused...the opposite. Your post is just a great reminder of how to travel!
Thanks for putting into words how we feel about our travels now. Just getting a hotel in Naples (with your great advice) and walking the city is such a liberating experience! Ran across a Fiat 500 rally that we NEVER would have seen if we had been set on some tourist path to "see" the top 10 sites! Keep putting our truth into words!