So many of us miss out an opportunity to explore new places, ending up in most popular and crowded ones, just like all the rest travelers. We often visit a sights list, instead of a city, while there is so much more to be discovered.
How can we find those unusual places and not end up messing up a long-awaited vacation? We should lose ourselves, and here are 5 tips to do that.
#1. Ask for advice
Sometimes just chatting with another hotel guest can change your traveling route. For instance, it turns out Mantua is very close to Rome, and it’s a whole different experience. Dedicating some time to a less known place instead of spending the entire vacation in (undoubtedly beautiful) Rome will enrich your experience.
#2. Turn off your GPS
Your mobile phone’s maps are made to demonstrate the shortest way to your destination point. But exploring is about the journey, not the ending point. Check a paper map to see how the neighborhoods are connected, and wander off-route. Your hotel concierge can also recommend something interesting.
#3. Talk to random people
These can be fellow travelers or locals who you can ask for a recommendation. Experienced travelers know great guides and hosts in different cities. But locals go on inland vacations too, so this insider information will help you shape an original vacation.
#4. Use public transport
Choose subways, buses and trams – instead of taking a taxi directly to Paris Grand Opera for example – and get off a couple of stops early to walk the streets and explore the unique atmosphere you could otherwise miss.
#5. Open up
Choosing less traveled paths doesn’t mean ignoring safety. It means embracing the idea of doing things in a different way, and remembering that traveling is about exploring. After trying this new approach, you will come home with amazing photos and stories.