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I never shy away from doing super touristy things. If I’m traveling somewhere I want to get the full experience. For me that usually means a happy medium of typical touristy spots and some lesser known local spots.
The thing I don’t love about touristy spots is the crowds. It’s unrealistic to expect you’re going to have a super popular spot all to yourself, BUT with a few tips and tricks you can navigate your way around the masses of people.
How to Beat the Crowds in Touristy Spots
Do your research
I am a huge believer in doing extensive research before I visit a place. Especially if I know I have limited time there and there are specific things I want to see, do, or eat. Don’t just hop on google and look up the basics, dig further! One of my go-to tricks for visiting a place I know is going to be super busy is reading the comments from other people on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and other travel review sites. It’s so simple, but I swear I always learn something from other people’s reviews and comments!
Visit during a weekday or during the off season
As a general rule of thumb, visiting touristy places on a weekday is always going to be less crowded. When I lived in Arizona I was a hiking fanatic. My husband and I loved hiking Camelback Mountain. Camelback on a Monday vs. Camelback on a Saturday are polar opposites. On Saturday’s parking is miserable and the trail is packed with other people. Had we just hiked it on the weekend I would have been very disappointed by my experience. We planned to hike it on a weekday and had an awesome experience.
Check out another lesser known part of the same area
When I visited the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia, there were literally hundreds of people waiting to catch a picture of the sunrise at the beautiful Angkor Wat Temple . It’s a beautiful sight and a truly iconic picture every traveler dreams of taking but it was so freaking packed it nearly ruined the experience. I’m not saying totally avoid these iconic spots, but be open to exploring and seeing another equally as cool areas that aren’t quite as “instagram famous”. You might be surprised at what you find, and you might have a place all to yourself. Some of my favorite spots at Angkor Wat ended up being the lesser known ones.
Make a plan
I’m really not a huge planner. I have a tendency to like to fly by the seat of my pants. For me a lot of my best moments, trips, and days are ones that just happened organically. I like to have a general grasp on what I want to do, but I leave it all open-ended as to how I’m going to make that happen. This leaves a lot of space for me to be distracted and loose focus on the main goal. When it comes to traveling and seeing touristy spots a little planning goes a long way. If I have to drive there I always make sure I have my gas tank full before I leave to avoid extra stopping on the way. I pack some snacks and water to make sure I’m not getting HANGRY (cause no one likes that). I pick out which part of our stop is most important to me and prioritize that over other areas and stops.
Arrive (super) early
This one is nearly always foolproof, but it can be hard for me to master. I do not function well early in the morning. I’m up everyday by 8am, but I like my mornings s-l-o-w. After I’ve had my coffee, breakfast, let my dogs out, and read my bible, then I have all the energy in the world and am ready to take on the day. If I have to go from sleeping to functioning at a high level right away, it’s not a pretty sight.
Which is why I have made SToK™ Cold Brew Coffee part of my routine when an adventure gets me up and at ’em earlier than usual. First I want to tell ya’ll why cold brew coffee is different and why it’s the cats meow.
Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew Coffee
Iced coffee is coffee that is brewed hot, poured over ice, and served cold.
Cold brew coffee is coffee that is steeped in room-temperature water for an extended period of time, in SToK™’s case 10 hours. This process makes a coffee concentrate that is mixed with water or milk and poured over ice.
Steeping the coffee at room temperature means the natural acids and oils that can result in a bitter taste are never released. This makes a smoother, but richer cup of joe!
SToK™ is pure coffee with no weird ingredients. They brew Arabica beans, which are the strongest coffee beans out there, slowly over 10 hours to deliver maximum flavor.
SToK™ powered me through my most recent adventure hiking in Devil’s Lake State Park. My college roommate and I arrived to the park super early on a Saturday morning. The air was cool, the morning dew still coated the grass and best of all we only encountered a few other people our entire hike.
When we reached the top of our hike we pulled out our SToK™ Black Unsweetened, a few mason jars, and some ice and relaxed and chatted to our heart’s content. It was the perfect morning, and we were refueled and ready to make our way back down the bluff.
As we were leaving the park we saw the masses of people and loads of cars just arriving. We were both so glad we took the extra effort to get there early.
My morning coffee is sacred to me. My husband often teases me about how much I look forward to that first sip of joe in the morning. I take my typical hot drip coffee with a decent pour of (french vanilla) creamer. Coffee without cream is just not something I’m interested in.
SToK™ Cold Brew Coffee is so smooth I don’t even add cream to it. Seriously, it’s that delicious without it. I’m telling you, if the bitterness of coffee is a turn-off to you, give cold brew a try. You’re going to love it.
If you still like a little sweetness to your coffee SToK™ has you covered. In addition to their Black Unsweetened, they make two other flavors in their 48oz size: Black, Not To Sweet, and Black Chocolate.
I found my SToK™ Cold Brew Coffee in the refrigerated section next to the iced teas and the juices at my local Walmart!
Now tell me…