I have been in the business for over 30 years and plan different types of trips all over the world, though my focus is now mostly in Corporate Travel. I have traveled through Asia and France, and sailed on quite a few Crystal Cruises.
I would say that my all-time favorite destination is Paris. I love the nightlife, the freedom I feel, and the energy from the locals. I travel solo quite often so my memories are very personal to me, but I have made so many memories with complete strangers - that is what I love about travel. Get out there and dance, socialize. Learn about the country and the history, but also the history of its people. Become educated about the area you are in and not just by a tour. Live it!
If I could offer one piece of travel advice, it would be to travel light. If you can’t carry it, you don’t need it; and if you need it, buy it there.