Travel guides

For The Anti-Tourist

At Smart Effective Learning, my goal is to help you have more meaningful and insightful travel experiences.

So you can find interesting hidden gems and get off the beaten track.

The travel guides you find on this site only feature places I've actually been to and can recommend. So you can be sure that everything you read here is authentic and based on personal experience.

Here's what the travel guides on my site are all about...


I believe travel is all about discovery - learning about the places you visit and the people who live there. That's why the travel guides on my site focus on highlighting sites and experiences that will help you better understand the places you travel to, instead of simply listing the famous sites.

Hidden Gems

Sure, we all want to visit the famous sites when we travel. But often the most meaningful travel experiences come from uncovering hidden gems most tourists never visit. Whether it's an incredible restaurant off the beaten track or a historical site that is all too often forgotten.

Authentic Experiences

I'm not a fan of people who try to sell on places they've never been. Which is why I only include places I've actually been and experiences I've done in these travel guides. You won't find anything I can't personally recommend included. Because there's enough B.S. out there without me adding to the noise.

The Anti-Tourist Club

The Anti-Tourist Club is a training and support centre I have created for curious adventurers who want to do travel differently.

It is where people like you and I come together with a common mission:

"To put learning at the heart of our adventures and unlock the kinds of meaningful travel experiences most tourists never have"

Your membership in the The Anti-Tourist Club is your ticket to an ever-growing support network of like minded people who want to explore the world through learning.

Uncover The Hidden Gems That Make Your Trips Memorable

Travel isn't really about seeing a bunch of sites. It is a personal journey of discovery. An unrelenting need to find out what the world is like.

That's why all of the travel guides you'll find on this site go beyond the tourist sites and focus on sharing hidden gems and local experiences that help you get to the heart of the places you visit.

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Michael Palin

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”

If you're infected with the travel bug, I hope that the travel guides and tips you find here will inspire your future adventures.

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MY TRavel Coverage during the coronavirus

Even though travel is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, I want continue to inform and inspire visitors to this site who want to learn about the world as much as they want to travel there. I believe that now is the perfect time to prepare for the incredible adventures we'll have when this is all over. So join me in using this time to learn more about the places you plan to visit when we can travel again.