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17 August 2016

How to explore a new city the right way


Whether it’s New York, London or Tokyo, we all have cities on our bucket lists that we wish to visit in our lifetimes. There are countless reasons to visit these cities and discover all the wonders and delights about them. Maybe you’re interested in the art, music or food scene. Maybe the culture of the people or the history interests you. So many places have tonnes of attractions, historic buildings and areas of interest that are just waiting to be explored. When first arriving, sometimes choosing what to do first can be pretty overwhelming! If you’re only there for a short time, you’ll naturally be eager to make the most out of every second of your stay. To help you do this, here are some tips on the right way to explore a city you’ve never been to before.


Slow down
Instead of wanting to do as much as you possibly can during your city break, try to slow down. Moving at such a fast pace will never give you the insight you crave. Instead of packing hundreds of activities into your itinerary, pick ones that really interest you. That way you give yourself more time to appreciate them, without worrying about having to move on straight away to the next thing.
Really soak it in and enjoy yourself.
Make sure to see the sights fully with your own eyes as well and not just through your camera lens!


Holidays always tend to fly by so quickly no matter what- but if you are constantly on the go and packing too much into your days, you will be left at the end of your trip feeling exhausted and like you need another holiday to get over this one! Consider the way you get around to make the most of your stay. Cars and buses are convenient but don’t always enhance your experience. Bike and moped rentals are great when travelling around cities because they give you more freedom, and they are usually extremely cheap to hire too.
But nothing quite beats good ol' walking when you want to discover what a city is really all about. Plus it's great to get all that exercise in when indulging in the local food and drink is often an equally enjoyable part of the holiday!

Plan ahead
As mentioned, be sure to do a little research and prepare before you leave a small itinerary of the top things you want to do there. If you have it written down, whether on an app on your phone or in a notebook- that way you can refer back to it and make the time to do all of the things you want to do most.
Try to order them and visit your favourite ones you want to go to first, that way in case you do happen to run out of time- at least you've checked the main ones off and you won't be feeling too disappointed!
I always like to research food places as well, so if I'm not sure where to eat that night- I can check on my list of places that sound good to me and take my pick!



Get advice from the locals
The local people know their city better than anyone else, so why not use this to your advantage? Whenever you talk to a local, ask them for suggestions on places you should visit. Talk to them about what interests you but also ask where they enjoy going too.
They might recommend restaurants or markets that serve local cuisines. They might give you directions to secluded parks or beautiful areas outside of the city.
Their suggestions are unlikely to appear in any tourist books and could help enrich your experience even more. This can be particularly useful if you want to avoid those overcrowded tourist hotspots.


Learn about the history

Every city throughout the world has an interesting history and background. The best way to start learning more about the city you are exploring is to find out how it came to be.
Research a little before the trip to learn any cool historical facts and stories about the city.
If you have the time while you are there you can visit the local library and museums which would be full of historical books, photos and artifacts to read and see.
Many cities also have walking and history tours you can join that take you around historic landmarks and points of interest, and the guides are always full of interesting facts and stories to share.
You can even go on your own history tour if you prefer. Get a map of the area and use the internet or a guide book to help you take a trip back in time and visit the sites yourself.
Learning about the history will give you a good insight into just how much the city has developed and changed over the years- which can be pretty mind-blowing!


There are many ways to go about exploring a city and everyone has their own preferred ways, but these tips are some examples which can help you to get the most out of your time there and really enjoy yourself.

A city that was once unfamiliar will soon feel like home.

I hope you enjoyed reading, and feel free to comment if you have some of your own tips to share!

*This post was a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.
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17 August 2016

How to explore a new city the right way


Whether it’s New York, London or Tokyo, we all have cities on our bucket lists that we wish to visit in our lifetimes. There are countless reasons to visit these cities and discover all the wonders and delights about them. Maybe you’re interested in the art, music or food scene. Maybe the culture of the people or the history interests you. So many places have tonnes of attractions, historic buildings and areas of interest that are just waiting to be explored. When first arriving, sometimes choosing what to do first can be pretty overwhelming! If you’re only there for a short time, you’ll naturally be eager to make the most out of every second of your stay. To help you do this, here are some tips on the right way to explore a city you’ve never been to before.


Slow down
Instead of wanting to do as much as you possibly can during your city break, try to slow down. Moving at such a fast pace will never give you the insight you crave. Instead of packing hundreds of activities into your itinerary, pick ones that really interest you. That way you give yourself more time to appreciate them, without worrying about having to move on straight away to the next thing.
Really soak it in and enjoy yourself.
Make sure to see the sights fully with your own eyes as well and not just through your camera lens!


Holidays always tend to fly by so quickly no matter what- but if you are constantly on the go and packing too much into your days, you will be left at the end of your trip feeling exhausted and like you need another holiday to get over this one! Consider the way you get around to make the most of your stay. Cars and buses are convenient but don’t always enhance your experience. Bike and moped rentals are great when travelling around cities because they give you more freedom, and they are usually extremely cheap to hire too.
But nothing quite beats good ol' walking when you want to discover what a city is really all about. Plus it's great to get all that exercise in when indulging in the local food and drink is often an equally enjoyable part of the holiday!

Plan ahead
As mentioned, be sure to do a little research and prepare before you leave a small itinerary of the top things you want to do there. If you have it written down, whether on an app on your phone or in a notebook- that way you can refer back to it and make the time to do all of the things you want to do most.
Try to order them and visit your favourite ones you want to go to first, that way in case you do happen to run out of time- at least you've checked the main ones off and you won't be feeling too disappointed!
I always like to research food places as well, so if I'm not sure where to eat that night- I can check on my list of places that sound good to me and take my pick!



Get advice from the locals
The local people know their city better than anyone else, so why not use this to your advantage? Whenever you talk to a local, ask them for suggestions on places you should visit. Talk to them about what interests you but also ask where they enjoy going too.
They might recommend restaurants or markets that serve local cuisines. They might give you directions to secluded parks or beautiful areas outside of the city.
Their suggestions are unlikely to appear in any tourist books and could help enrich your experience even more. This can be particularly useful if you want to avoid those overcrowded tourist hotspots.


Learn about the history

Every city throughout the world has an interesting history and background. The best way to start learning more about the city you are exploring is to find out how it came to be.
Research a little before the trip to learn any cool historical facts and stories about the city.
If you have the time while you are there you can visit the local library and museums which would be full of historical books, photos and artifacts to read and see.
Many cities also have walking and history tours you can join that take you around historic landmarks and points of interest, and the guides are always full of interesting facts and stories to share.
You can even go on your own history tour if you prefer. Get a map of the area and use the internet or a guide book to help you take a trip back in time and visit the sites yourself.
Learning about the history will give you a good insight into just how much the city has developed and changed over the years- which can be pretty mind-blowing!


There are many ways to go about exploring a city and everyone has their own preferred ways, but these tips are some examples which can help you to get the most out of your time there and really enjoy yourself.

A city that was once unfamiliar will soon feel like home.

I hope you enjoyed reading, and feel free to comment if you have some of your own tips to share!

*This post was a collaboration and contains images that are not my own.
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