If flying, I like to find the lowest fare online. Like some of you, I too go into department stores, smaller speciality shops, supermarkets on many of my travels. I frequently visit food stores for beverages, snacks, something for lunch (like some sliced meat, cheese and a roll). If the weather is nice, I like to eat outside in a park or some nice off the road viewpoint. I like to spend time at art museums, especially in Europe. I like to stay in small guest houses, bed-and-breakfasts, youth hostels in my non-US travels, so to be able to meet people, trade stories, travel tips. I usually consume local foods and beverages including beer and wine. In Europe (other than in UK and Ireland) I use train passes rather than a car. I use local mass transit. I often make my first stop in a city or town at the tourist office for a map. I like to walk a lot in cities, towns and villages and try to find suggested tourist intineraries. I like to go off the beaten path, places just off the usual tourist locations, drive down 2 lane rural roads and walk in less touristed areas of cities. I like to see government capital buildings and important monuments. I avoid tourist traps. I try to find ticket deals for attractions (did that recently in Seattle). I try to find some small club or bar with local entainers for my evening entertainment. I try to wear clothes and carry things that doesn't scream "AMERICAN" when in Europe. If in a non-english speaking country, I try to learn some common expressions or words to at least show some courtesy.