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  1. This list is getting me so excited for my weekend trips in 2019! I’m glad I found it… I could use some of this advice. (Namely not being too stingy to stay in a central part of town.) Also: kudos to you for boycotting Airbnb! After recent experiences talking with some locals who were having a difficult time finding housing because of it, I think I’ll be joining you.

    1. Yay! Glad you found it useful! It’s a shame with Airbnb because it’s most definitely my favourite way to travel. I love having the local experience and having the apartment to feel at home in a city rather than staying in a lifeless hotel but I feel like we have a responsibility to promote sustainable travel and if Airbnb isn’t sustainable going forward, I don’t know that my conscience will allow me to continue using it all the time. Will Airbnb do something about it? If so, what? We’ll have to see!

  2. These are all great tips. I think the most important is learning a few words in the language. It’s amazing how far you can go with jut a few words and you’re also being respectful. Learning hello, thank you and sorry (I’m Canadian) are worth it!

  3. I’m with you here .. the waking up early worked in Costa Rica for me, but not in Bermuda. I definitely think it’s safer and doesn’t push me to stay out with so much packed in.. but I’m guilty as well for sure.

    1. I really wish I was better at it! I see amazing photos from other bloggers who have headed out at 5 am to get photos with no people in and I always want to do it, but my bed is so warm and cosy! haha

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