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Tips for Backpackers: Get Out of the City

I’m going backpacking through Europe and Southeast Asia later this summer, and I have a question for you. When you hit a big city, do you fly by the seat of your pants or do you make a plan for what you’re going to see and do?

England's Lake District

Lake District via Shutterstock     Photo: S J Francis

A:Give yourself two days, maximum, in a city and then get out. Villages in the countryside and mountains are much more interesting, cheaper, and generally less filled with tourists. Even though England’s Lake District may not have the nightlife or museums of London, you’ll learn more about the U.K. and its people in a day there than you would in a week around Piccadilly Circus.

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