Every person has his own idea of traveling. For some, it means going far away for a while. For some, it is a hectic movement from place to place all crammed in a few days. Some think it is worthwhile if you take in the culture and lifestyle of a new place more than seeing the sights, as they say. Whatever mindset you are of, it is always a fun experience including at least one city in your travel schedule, however short it might be, and explore it from head to toe. Don’t know how to go about it? We’ll tell you how.
First, figure out how you are going to get to the city you have chosen. Are you going to drive, or is it too far off for that? If you will take your car, get a map of the route you are going to follow and study it well. Mark out the places you will be passing and decide how often you are going to stop. But you can skip this part if you are flying.
Once you have checked in to your hotel at the location, try and get a city map. You can get free copies at the airport or at your hotel. In case they don’t have a copy, purchase one- it won’t cost you much. Now, it’s time to locate the important sights in the city which you have decided you must see, and other smaller landmarks that a lot of people overlook. You probably cannot cover everything there is to be seen in three or four days, so don’t set an impossible target. Stick to your list of tourist attractions the city has to offer, but feel free to improvise. You might want to visit the world famous museum the city boasts of on the first day, but if you really like the look of the old cottage which is just across the street and find out a famous poet lived in it once, you can wrap them both up in a single day.
Part of exploring a new city involves exploring its food, its nightlife, its culture and way of life. You can set aside the evenings for trying out inexpensive restaurants to get a feel of what the city thrives on. This should be more interesting than dining at the hotel restaurant. If you are in the mood for adventure, you can spend a night out in town, roaming the streets, or at a popular pub, or dancing away at a club. If you can arrange it, try spending a day or sharing a meal with acquaintances you have in the city. This will help you understand how the city actually lives. And when your stint in the city is about top draw to a close, you can take a relaxing day out shopping. Go to flea markets or vintage stores rather than expensive shopping malls. You can pick up things that are unique to the place, and souvenirs for your family and friends back in your hometown.