broadly speaking i feel there's two travel modes - sightseeing and wandering.
this itinerary for Venice captures it well:
If you are planning to spend one day in Venice, there are several ways to do it.
Do you want to spend the day visiting the top sights in Venice, such as St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Rialto Bridge?
Or would you prefer to skip the crowded, touristy sights and instead, go on a leisurely stroll along the canals and visit the quieter corners of Venice?
Maybe you want a mix of both…visiting a few key sights but also have the time to wander the canals.
In this Venice itinerary, we cover all three options. Which one will you want to do?
When I visited Mexico City, I unintentionally skipped the main sights (because I had done no planning) but had so much fun wandering La Condesa, Roma Norte, and a few other neighborhoods.
I want to look for more itineraries that present a wandering option. These itineraries would ideally point out the neighborhoods that are the best for wandering (cuz not all are).
There's potentially a third kind of travel which is traveling to eat 😂 which I think is compatible with both sightseeing and wandering.