People tend to tease the type of tourists that only visit famous locations at a certain destination. Those are the tourists who closely follow the guidebook and want to see as many attractions as possible during their typically short stay, and their choice is absolutely okay.
Self-guided vacations offer more freedom and they’ve been a more popular choice over the past years. Most of us want to explore the life of the locals and try the foods they eat, shop at their local stores, etc. And while finding a beautiful place that isn’t on top-ten lists is definitely awarding, there’s no one right way to travel and nobody can say that this is better than sticking to the proven ways and checking out the main attractions you’ve always wanted to see. Hey, they’re popular for a reason!
Next time someone tries to shame you for wanting to climb the Eiffel Tower when you’re in Paris, don’t let them. Goals like that may be a part of your bucket list and there’s nothing wrong with them, no matter how many people also want to do it. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s bad, even though we’re used to believing that the real gems are hidden from the eye of the public.
Your vacation is your time to rest and do what you love and if visiting only the major tourist attractions brings you joy, then simply do it.