The Poet Robert Frost wrote what is now a famous poem - The Road Not Taken and since you have had other poems written exploring similar themes and even a book written about making choices in life.
I have been fortunate to travel more than most and I have always tried to get off the beaten path and see places and things that most "tourist" don't. You'd be surprised what you can discover if you allow yourself the freedom to explore. Guidebooks and online searches are great to get an idea but don't let them constrain you. Some of my favorite memories from traveling are sights and experiences that aren't in the tourists guides.
“I took the road less travelled by,
And I don’t know where it will lead.
All I can do is take one more step,
And trust I’ll receive what I need.”
Attention wandered where the road did not,
to paths divergent from the normal course.
From where I walked I saw but fading trails,
their destinations veiled in mystery.
…” Benjamin G. Mosley
Chenjiaba, Sichuan February 22, 2015
PS: Original photos have more "color" - not sure why EC desaturates images.