Illustration: Penelope Dullughan

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9. Going with the Flow
We can now plan our vacations right down to the breakfast sandwich (thanks, internet!), but the obsessive quest for the best can deprive us of travel's greatest reward: the thrill of discovery. Try going to a city where you've never been and flip a coin to decide which direction you'll take. Then be open to whatever happens next. If you forgo the well-researched list of "authentic experiences," you may find that surprise and serendipity are the most rewarding search results of all.