When most people travel they look for the main sites, the places they see in magazines and photographs. This isn't really reaching the potential of travel.
you are seeing new things and developing new stories. But these experiences are the same as so many others before you. Instead look for the nooks and crannys, This is where great stories come from.
One of the best things we did in Brno was act like we belonged there. I know we still stuck out like a thumb but I think it is important to curb that as much as possible.
When you travel, submerge yourself in the local culture, try your best to avoid the "hot spots" and find something only the locals know about.
Locals like to keep the good stuff to themselves, but show a little bit of interest and they will most likely send you somewhere you would have never thought to look... And that's where good stories begin.