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I did most of my traveling before I had kids and before I had money to spend on luxuries like hotel rooms with their own bathroom and food served by a waiter instead of a vending machine. This history of traveling unencumbered and on-the-cheap has probably fueled my overblown fear of looking like a tourist. As I said, there's no shame in being a tourist. We're all out-of-towners at some point. Why not embrace the cluelessness? Why not wait in line for the overpriced double-decker bus tour? Why not eat at the tacky jungle-themed restaurant where the waiters are dressed as toucans and lemurs? Why not turn down the self-consciousness dial for a few days, open up the guidebook and join the herd? Maybe I'll see you in Orlando.
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