This is the time of year many of us are planning our spring and summer getaways.
So much to see. So little time.
So we try to squeeze it all in. We're all guilty of it: we want some R&R on vacation, but then we book tickets to the nearest theme park, go kart tracks, the Eiffel tower, whatever is popular in the area
But that is often a bad idea, says a popular travel writer and chef. Anthony Bourdain, who currently hosts the CNN show Parts Unknown, tells Money Magazine to "slow down," and "get off the beaten path."
Frenzied, expensive vacations
He has a name for the rushed vacations most Americans take: "frenzied compression."
Bourdain explains that is trying to take in everything a hot city or beach town has to offer. He says a frenzied pace will make you want a vacation after your vacation.
In addition, Money Magazine's Bourdain reportsays your wallet will take a big hit if you hit the trendy spots.
For instance, it says:
- Madam Toussaud's wax museum will set you back $63 a person.
- The Kennedy Space Center: $50 a person.
- Dinner in a trendy restaurant: $60 a person.
Bordain says you can spend hundreds of dollars trying to experience everything, and when you and your wallet end up drained you might say "doesn't that stink?"
He suggests searching for small cafes and restaurants where the locals eat.
Bottom line: Bordain says slow down, and try to eat and drink like a local, and you will enjoy that vacation a lot more.
And that way you don't waste your money.
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