This travel post is for those of you going on a city tour this festive. Whether you’re Paris, Dubai, London, or Bangkok-bound, this one is for you!
FYI: Click here if you missed the previous beach destination travel post 🙂
- Stay in public places. #safetyfirst
- Travel with a bottle of water.
- Always visit the local tourism office – in person or online: there might be must-see museums, art galleries and other monuments you’ll be glad you visited.
- Wear comfortable shoes and carry only what you need for the day. You might be walking around a lot!
- Don’t be ashamed to walk into a Starbucks or McDonald’s. Sometimes familiarity is comforting and these places have free wifi and public restrooms you can use.
- Lunchtime is the best time to visit historical sites. You’ll have fewer crowds getting in your way as big tour buses, groups, and most travellers head to lunch. It’s usually best to visit an attraction super early, late, or when people eat. You’ll have even the most popular places to yourself! #strategy
- You don’t always have to eat out: Go grocery shopping – even if it’s just for snacks. You can learn a lot about locals’ diets by seeing the type of food they buy. #thrifty
- I’m a fan of restaurants for the great ambience, food, and views. Eat at expensive restaurants during lunch. Most expensive restaurants offer lunch specials featuring the same food they would serve for dinner but at half the price! #cheers
- Learn to bargain/haggle. This comes in handy at the street markets.
- Want dope pictures? Find out where the rooftop restaurants in the area are. They might be expensive, but even if you just order a drink, you get a chance to capture nice views!!! #vibes
- During the festive season, most cities will have specialty markets with the coolest trinkets, food stalls and pop-up bars. So find out where these are and check them out!
- Most cities have hidden gems that most tourists won’t know about. If you have friends living/working in the cities you want to visit, ask them where these adventure spots are. During our visit to Bangkok for example, we landed upon Dream World, which is basically the Disneyland of Thailand!!! My goodness, we had a magical day here!!! #heavenly
- Some cities are popular for their football or baseball teams: see if you can get a ticket for a game. This will immerse you in some culture and give you a chance to observe the locals! #gees
- Lastly, remember that no matter how much you plan, things won’t always go your way. Remain positive regardless. Embrace the detours: they create the most memorable moments! #goodmood #happyholidays
So, where are you heading this festive? Please share on the comments section below and I’d be happy to offer some travel tips specific to the destination if I have any 🙂
PS: Next post will include tips for those who’ll be spending the break at home with family or even alone… I promise it’ll make you excited about your holiday! #leavenoonebehind