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My travel prep includes reading a lot of background material, some of the country's literature, etc. and I will study a fair amount of the language so I can get around on my own. Rarely ever join organized tours, like to be independent. For accommodations can camp, hit a back packer place, a resort or boutique hotel. I go for local food and stay out of the tourist oriented restaurants. I enjoy urban adventures, the great outdoors, and going where the locals go.