Travel Tips: Things You Need to Do When You’re In a New City
You may have lived in the city all your life but being in another city is a whole new story. You may have dealt with people from all walks of life, but a different place means different faces, different eating and shopping spots, different culture, and different language.
You may find yourself in a new city where you don’t know anyone, and you are all by yourself; it may be job-related, or you’re on vacation. Either way, you want to know how to get by in a beautiful place to really enjoy it.
These 5 to-do-lists can help you out if you’re feeling a little lost.
Good research can take you places. Although you may want to do this before the travel, you can do a quick check to know all the interesting places you can visit on your stay. You can also check if there are alleys you need to avoid, shops you don’t need to try out at all, and of course, local scams that you need to be aware of. Look for good reviews so you’ll know where to go.
Choose Off the Beaten Spots
While you want to try popular touristy places, it’s those places that you just chanced upon and felt intrigued by that can give your most treasured hard to find a leather-bound book of your favorite author from the 18th century or an embroidered silk shoulder bag. So don’t limit yourself to the famous spots, but rather, be open to trying someplace different.
Eat Where Locals Eat and Drink What Locals Drink
If you’ve noticed a hole in the wall or street foods or something fancier like a Michelin star restaurant that people are flocking into, chances are this is where you need to try out the best cuisines that the city offers. You may be on a perpetual diet, but don’t include the times when you are in a new place because trying the food is also getting to know the city you’re visiting.
Visit Photo and Art Exhibits
Well, not everyone likes the artsy stuff, but you can give it a try. You’ll never know; you might just find something you like, like a black and white picture of a willow tree or a gigantic metal sculpture of Mark Twain. You can even buy something small to bring home to your friends and family.
Know the People
You being in a new city means you are courageous enough to interact with different people, so while drinking tequila mockingbird in a bar, try smiling back to the people who seem interested or, better yet, strike up a conversation. You’ll never know; you may just have met your forever travel buddy.
Know the Culture
In Spain, they have “La Tomatina”; in the U.S., there are many country fairs; in India, there is the “Holi.” And all these bright festivals and happenings can really uplift the mood of anyone who experiences them. If you’re in a new city, try immersing yourself in their way of living and beliefs because that’s how you’ll get to know them and experience it the way no other city or place can give.