- Talk to people. Chat up shopkeepers, your taxi driver, your hosts—most AirBnB hosts love a good visit.
- Charge your phones (especially before leaving, but also in the car—they even make double car chargers nowadays so you and your driving buddy won't have to take turns). Don't panic if you lose reception—just keep going till it comes back. (But do make sure the gas tank needle never gets near the red.)
- Find apps you like and don't get too committed to any one—sometimes an area will have sparse recommendations on one app but much more on another.
- If you're comfortable doing so, post on social media in relatively real time so that you can take advantage of the tips you get (but don't spend all your time gramming either—no one will hate you if you do intermittent bursts of latergrams).
- If you do get recommendations along the way and want to indulge your inner planner, make a custom Google map with pins to keep track of them. This was mine.
- Give up on seeing everything—what you do see will be better, and with relaxed check lists, you'll have more room for spontaneous adventures.