My number one BEST travel tip, above any packing advice or long-flight survival guide that I can write up, is to seek out a walking tour in every city you visit.
Benefits of a walking tour:
- Meet the locals
- Find the best restaurants
- Get off the beaten path and explore the city’s hidden gems
- And most important, get acquainted with the triumphs, trials, and tribulations of the culture you’re immersing yourself in.
- Bonus: Find the city’s most instagrammable spots
I started loving history as soon as I was no longer required to read thousands of pages out of sleepy textbooks. In fact, I found myself seeking it out.Michelle Turtora Zagardo
I like to plan my walking tours for the first day that I’m in a new place – if one is available – so that I experience the city in the context of the history, myths, and legends, that I just learned. Larger cities might have lots of companies that offer these tours, however I always start with the local historical society and http://www.freewalkingtour.com.
- Good walking shoes are a must – tours generally last about 2 hours.
- Take a camera with extra batteries and memory cards. You’re likely to see lots of things you can’t even dream up right now, and you never know when you’ll want to take a long video or snap 1000 action shots.
- Take small coins/bills in the currency of the country. There might be snacks or treats along the way, or an unexpected cash-only shopping opportunity.
- While a http://www.freewalkingtour.com tour is free, the guides hugely appreciate a tip if it fits into your budget. It’s a great way to thank them for their time and research.
What is your number one top travel tip for getting to know a new place?