In my travels, I’ve noticed a common pattern in how many tourists there are in a given place. The easier it is for a place to reach, the exponentially more tourists you’ll find there.
Popular beach destinations and cities with international airports are easily accessible by air, making them attractive to tourists. These places also draw in more visitors if they have plenty of attractions to offer, such as historical sites, natural wonders, and cultural experiences.
For instance, if you want to walk around the main squares of Florence in the summer afternoons, it will be a sea of people.
But, do the same thing at 5 or 6 am, and you’ll be looking at the statue of David almost alone.
Or, better yet, walk in the beautiful hills around Florence, and you will be alone.
Wherever I go, I find the same pattern. It doesn’t matter if it’s Morocco, Bali, the Dominican Republic, or Portugal.
With just a tiny amount of extra effort, you can have significantly better experiences than the average tourist who does not only follow the crowd but is the crowd.