How to really explore new places while traveling

15 March 2019
Experienced travelers know great guides and hosts in different cities. But locals go on inland vacations too...

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.

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