>Whether you decide to book your trip with a travel company or go it on your own, the one thing I would highly recommend is checking out your destination of choice on foot. It is one of the easiest, cheapest and healthiest ways to learn about the place you’ve chosen to visit.
Depending on where you go, you may stay in a hotel that offers trips and packages and while it is nice to go on these, nothing beats exploring on your own (with a little help from locals). What I would suggest is contacting people (family, friends, Facebook even) who know the area before hand or talk to the concierge at your hotel.
If you need some help getting started on walking tours, check out some of the links below…otherwise have fun with your maps.
Tip: Getting lost or wandering down a street on a whim can lead to great discoveries, just stay safe when you do it.