When it comes to travel, paper is far from passé: Guidebooks are the first resource I use when planning my trips. They give simple but important information like the cost and operating hours of historic sites (so I don’t waste my time) and list the popular tourists hangouts (so I can avoid them). Get a map too: you can't commit a city's back streets and neighborhoods to memory. Just don't pull the map out in public, or you'll become a magnet for con artists and street hawkers.
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