Planning your next vacation? Elizabeth shares tips and tricks to experience your next destination like a local.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of traveling around the world and experiencing new cultures and sights. Immersing yourself in a new place can be exciting, inspiring, and sometimes a little overwhelming. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. You’re in a gorgeous atmosphere but can’t help but pull out your phone and try to map out the next steps. From picking the best restaurant in town to making sure you hit the perfect local spots, it can be tough to disconnect and truly enjoy what’s in front of you. To help tackle this, here are some tips and tricks to make sure you live like a local without missing the action.
- Do your research! Checking out different locations beforehand can help save a ton of time when it comes to making sure you visit the must-sees. While I am a firm believer in going with the flow and winging it, having a list of things you can’t leave without seeing can definitely help guide your day of sightseeing. Apps like TripAdvisor provide awesome insight into different spots that fellow tourists have visited and their recommendations on how to best approach them.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. So now that you’ve found the best tourist attractions around the city, it’s time to live it up like a local! Some of the most amazing spots I’ve discovered have come from word of mouth. Whether it’s asking your taxi driver their favorite locations, or asking the person next to you what’s great to do in the area, the locals can often give you insight into the non-touristy areas. On a recent trip, we chatted with a woman who gave us a few recommendations, and by the end of the conversation, she gave us tickets to an underground jazz show! It never hurts to ask, folks.
- Check out what’s happening around town! Some of the best moments of a trip can spring from a moment of pure serendipity. I definitely recommend checking out any concerts, art shows, or parties that may be happening around the city during the time you’re there! One of our clients, Eventbrite, is a great resource to plan for a night on the town. On their site and app, you’ll be able to find a slew of local events and happenings, some even offer free admission. Timing is of the essence, and sometimes it can play in your favor.
- When in doubt, map it out. This may seem like an obvious tip, but I think it’s a great reminder that sometimes it’s okay to get lost in a new city! Pick a day, or even a couple of hours, to go completely phoneless. Grab a map of the town, maybe rent a scooter/bike, and see what you can find! I’ve seen some of the coolest parts of a new city by just scootering around. Not sure if that city has any scooters? Check out Bird, to see if there are any in the area!