Every traveler knows the feeling of arriving in a new, big city and being overwhelmed by all of the things to do. Sometimes there are so many sights to see that it is hard to fit it all in or other times jetlag kicks in and it makes us sleepy. Here are 3 things to do when first arriving in a new city to get the feel of how to best spend your time:
Every big city offers walking tours and many of them advertise as “free tours” where you pay based off of a tip at the end. Not only do walking tours help you learn your way around the city, but they will also teach you bits of interesting history and give you tips of what to see and how to best utilize your time. It’s a great way to start a visit!
Every city and country is unique and most of the time, history has played a major role in that. Who ruled them in the past? What wars have they fought in? What are the climate and region like? History museums will answer many of these questions and give you a better understanding of the culture in each city.
One thing that everyone enjoys and has in common is bonding over food. Locals always appreciate when tourists go to the smaller, locally owned shops and many times they will be happy to strike up a conversation about what it’s like to live there. What better way to get to know the city than talking to a local, small business owner who makes great food!