Interesting things happen when you travel off the beaten path.
When you go to places where tourists are scarce, you see more interesting things and have more interesting experiences.
Prime example: my first trip to China, where we stopped at a grape festival in rural Hunan province. I wrote about what happened to me for United Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Hemispheres:
Say lychees! (PDF version)
Say lychees! (online version)
Many thanks to Casey Nolin, who was on the press trip with me, and who took the photo of me which accompanied my article.