When we look back on a trip, our lasting memories are rarely of the many famous attractions we’ve visited or the places we’ve rushed through to snap a picture of that well-known monument. We are far more likely to remember that uncomfortable and scary journey across the mountains or the strangers we met in the one-horse town who became our good friends. So take the time to get to know the little places you visit and don’t worry if you don’t get to every place in the guidebook. We’ve learned this the hard way, and our itineraries now contain less than half of the stops that they did several years ago.

– Andy Jarosz, 501 Places

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