In order to get the most out of our site, and the recommendations presented herein, we thought it might be beneficial to tell you a bit about how we view travel. In short, your "Set of Drifters" endeavor to explore fun and adventurous destinations slightly off the beaten path. Having lived collectively in some of the world's "greatest cities" where tourists flock every day of the year, we have both cultivated a strong aversion to super-touristy places, especially crowded ones. Now, this does not mean we’ll avoid such quixotic attractions as Mexico City's Teotihuacán or Agra’s Taj Mahal. And tourist mecca's like Barcelona and New Orleans will always end up on our TO-DO list because they are destinations that offer new experiences with each and every subsequent visit. But what you can bet on is that you’ll rarely find your Set of Drifters spending time in “tourist hells” such as Times Square or “Hollywood & Highland.” (Good rule of thumb: If a place is overrun with buskers, it’s time to stay away.)
Let's take Paris for example. While many first time visitors spend an entire day traipsing through the Louvre just to get a glimpse of da Vinci's Mona Lisa behind a plate of glass, your Set of Drifters would rather scout out a Montparnasse gallery featuring some edgy up-and-comer. (We have seen the image of Lisa’s enigmatic smile many times, and we’ve already experienced a number of great works of art behind a plate of glass! Next.) That being said, we may still wait an hour for an elevator up to the top of the Eiffel Tower because, though we may have seen a photographic image of the view in a guidebook, that image does not come with a flute of pink champagne! In other words, it’s the experience that is important, not the checkmark next to the photo on any "Top 10 Attraction" list.
Ultimately, your "Set of Drifters" relish in discovering the places where locals hang out versus the ones those traditional guidebooks think we should. We despise typical souvenir shops - Pier 39 anyone? - and thus, would be more inclined to bring home a stone, piece of wood, or even a goat's horn, to remind us of our adventures.
Brady & Doug place themselves on the sliding scale between "Tourist Hell" and "Isolated Trekker Snobs."
Before we start sounding too far up our own arses, it must be stated officially that we are not travel purists, nor are we "foodies" by any means. Through our rated recommendations, travel photos and “pulsation” YouTube video series, what we do hope to share is the overall flavor of a location and some of the hidden components that contribute to its uniqueness. It’s a perfect blend of people, architecture, natural beauty, food & drink, music and art. If you are a little adventurous, and perhaps a bit eccentric, then sit back and let the Set of Drifters assist you in discovering a different slant on your favorite future destination.