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I backpack and hike, and ski, and paddle sometimes. Nature is why I travel. But civilization was a heck of an idea, and my trips are going to include some of the best of that I can find. "Crowded" is an automatic minus. I try to find places that aren't, or at least don't feel, discovered. I travel foot by foot; in fact, I think to plan travel is to kill it before one ever starts. Know where to point the car, or where the plane sets down. Surprise yourself each minute thereafter. I don't do that every time but that's the ideal I shoot for.