Another took it a step further: "Meet people in the places you travel and make friends. This is the joy of travel and how to get to know a place. Listen to stories, tell your own. But mostly listen. Now you have friends to stay with next time you travel and they might come visit you. Modern social media will allow you to keep in touch and share other experiences in ways I couldn't take advantage of when I traveled in my early 20s."
Take the practical advice. The internet doesn't know everything.
Get ready, baby birds, ‘cause our panel is about to drop some big ol’ nightcrawlers of wisdom on you, rapid fire-like:
"Never underestimate the value of good luggage."
"Break your shoes in before you go. And bring a handwritten journal. Seriously."
"Guided tours of sites may seem lame, but they can be great experiences (yes, you can know more about the Paris sewers than you ever thought possible!)."
"A sleeper car is WELL worth the money on a long train ride."
"Make the most of anywhere you travel even if it's not your first choice to be there, like a trip for work. A lot of places are more interesting than we would give them credit for before you get there. Everywhere has something worthwhile."