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121. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 347 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I think the big danger of not planning is not the problem of missing out on the big attractions that everyone sees. Those things are going to be in your face whether you plan or not. The big danger is of missing the little out of the way things.

We drove up to a little place called Penn Yan for a wedding. It wasn't until we left on Sunday to drive home that I discovered that there was a big craft market just south of town --- on Saturday.

The ability to see things through fresh eyes isn't something that is easily available to us now that we have the internet, but I think you can cultivate it in yourself by really "seeing" what you are looking at.

122. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3864 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I think the big danger of not planning is not the problem of missing out on the big attractions that everyone sees. Those things are going to be in your face whether you plan or not. The big danger is of missing the little out of the way things.

I agree, or you miss out on that museum or attraction that you wanted to visit because it's closed certain days.

123. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 191 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you have never been to a place you always see things with fresh eyes. Nothing ever looks like the picture, especially with all the photo editing people do these days I think a little research and planning can be good to understand a place, like people who visit Stonehenge and are completely disappointed because "it is just a bunch of rocks". They don't realise the significance of site is that it is part of a larger complex of towns and temples that record mankind's shift from the paleolithic hunter gather lifestyle to the neolithic farmer. A little research can help you see past the face value of a site. Without the story everything really is just a bunch of rocks when you think about it

It wasn't until we left on Sunday to drive home that I discovered that there was a big craft market just south of town --- on Saturday.

That is why you should do some planning. Not everything happens everyday, some sites have limited opening days or hours, some things are seasonal or annual and sometimes a big event is happening and it affects your chance to get accommodation or it turns out it is a holiday where everything is closed A little planning can help you take advantage of things or avoid unfavourable situations. It also can help you make the most of a day so you can avoid all the things you know you'll hate and focus on the things you like

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Sep-2017, at 07:06 by Teoni ]

124. Posted by Andrew Mack (Budding Member 15 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sander

Quoting Andrew Mack

I don't understand people that do no previous research at all on the places they're going to.
They miss out on so many incredible things.

They only "miss out" if that visit will be the only time they'll go to that particular place.
You can only ever once visit somewhere new for the first time.
Doing that without any preconceived notions as to what to expect can be a great joy.

I guess I didn't explain properly.
Having some knowledge of the history of a country/city before you visit it allows a much greater appreciation of it.
I wasn't especially referring to main tourist sites.
The smaller places/sites can be much more interesting, and revealing of the history of a place and the forming of it's culture.
If you only visit the main tourist sites (the ones advertised in hotels etc) then you may think that you've 'Done' that city/country, when all you've done is seen the shiny buttons that country's tourist authority want you to see.

125. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 347 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

But doing research will inevitably provide you with an idea of what you will be looking at. It will predispose you to look at the place in a different way than if you were dropped in without knowing anything in advance.

The question of whether 'new eyes' is a better way to do it, or whether research and reading first is better rests with the individual. Some people will not want to form any opinions first and some will want to be exhaustively prepared. Both can work.

When my family took my sister and me to Europe for the first time, I had done very little advanced preparation. My mother had done most of the work, the rest of us were just kind of dragged along. My experience (age 12), my sister's experience (age 10) and even my father's experiences were quite different from my mother's experience. I was the poster child for someone without preconceived notions. But even my mother marveled at the things that she saw that she did not expect. (She was astonished at the number of bicycles in Amsterdam for instance). And I was informed by her reactions to things, and educated by the places she took us. I was uninterested in Poets corner (Westminster) because I didn't know much about English poets, but I remembered it because my mother was so impressed with it.

126. Posted by Teoni (Full Member 191 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

When we visited Granada in Spain we did quite a bit of research on the city. The only thing we didn't research was the Alhambra itself. We thought you could just rock up, get tickets and enter. Turns out you needed to book a ticket days before or head up at the crack of dawn and purchase the tickets that were left. A lot of people get up at the crack of dawn I learned my lesson from that, just because it is the big in your face tourist site doesn't always make it easy to visit, a little planning can go a long way

127. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Respected Member 347 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I just learned that the trolley along the waterfront in San Pedro only runs on weekends. I'm going to be there on a Wednesday. Nothing I can do about it - I wouldn't change my dates even if I had known. I booked a WWII tour for a trip with my grandson - half was in the air - to follow the path that the Japanese planes took. Half was visiting Pearl Harbor on the ground. But the company for the air section went out of business so we couldn't do that part.

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