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4 Simple (but savvy) Tips for Exploring New Cities

Contributing Author February 6, 2023

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If you’re travelling soon, or are simply one for going on regular city breaks, then it helps to have a game plan to help you get the most out of each new area. Every city has its own set of rules. Its own iconic landmarks, its own culture, and sub-culture. It can be very easy to spend hours just wandering, not knowing where you are, wondering if you have seen it all. Well, to help get started, here are a few tips on helping you explore new cities.

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Research the area before wandering aimlessly. Jake in Tokyo.

Laws, Rules, and Regulations

If your travels will be visiting a lot of different countries and their respective cities, then it’s important to understand the laws first. The last thing you want to do is to run into problems with law enforcement. An encounter like this has the potential you ruin your trip. Consider even simple things like city laws – Jaywalking may not be a crime in one city but a fined offense in another. There are many nuanced social laws like that across the world. So get informed and stay within the law.

Sleep Before You Get There

A city has such an abundance of things to do that you should really try and get a good night’s sleep before you go. If you’re on a long-haul road trip, then try and sleep in the vehicle you are traveling in, or find a place close to the city the night before. You may save by staying at a hotel just outside your destination. When you first get there, you are going to want to have your wits about you to acclimatize to the place. If you’re arriving by air, then try and get a seat on a plane (typically by the window or in an empty row) where you can sleep if it is a long-haul flight. 

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Try new snacks! Jake tries fancy treats at Royal Angkor Resort in Siem Reap, Cambodia


You must have an open mind. There is going to be so much to see and do, and if you are a little put off by things that are different, then you are not going to have the best experience. Try and learn a little of the; language, talk to new people, and experiment with new foods and drinks. Try local delicacies, maybe allow yourself to get a little lost – turn off your phone’s maps for a while. Just make sure you’ve mapped out the area enough to know what parts NOT to wander. The more you experiment, speak to locals, and do new things, the more authentic your experience will be. 

Before you go to any city, do your research. Find out the areas that you should avoid, and find out any local customers to be wary of. Consider how you dress and act. Do you really want to stand out like a sore tourist thumb and become a pretty obvious target for thieves and pickpockets? Discover all the best places, bars, sports bars, and restaurants too. Every city has something truly unique that makes it a great place to visit. Find out what that thing is or things are, and ensure that you find the time to go there. Don’t regret not seeing the things that make it interesting.

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General travel tips and advice on destinations, hotels and flights.

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