Do you love the idea of exploring a city at your leisure, but have a distinct experience of how stressful it can be to navigate a new space on your own? We have all been there and, in most cases, all you need is a little extra preparation and a good idea of the services that the city might have available to you. These tips can be especially helpful for those who are bringing the family with them, too, so keep that in mind.
Make sure that you budget for the trip
It’s all too easy to run out of money during a city break if you haven’t thoroughly budgeted for every angle of it. Aside from your accommodation and transportation, you have to consider necessities such as eating, toiletries, and getting around the city. Budgeting for a city break should ensure that all of the money necessary for essentials is set aside for them, while still freeing up some spending money to get around to enjoy the sights that you’re there to see in the first place. As such, do your research on typical costs of things in the city beforehand to make sure that you don’t run out too quickly.
Don’t lug around your baggage
There might be a time when you’re in the city but you haven’t fully checked into your accommodation yet or you might just be passing through one city, spending a few hours there until you’re headed to your next destination. Pulling around your luggage can not only be very inconvenient, but it can be a relatively easy way to put your possessions at first of being stolen, too. Take the time to find luggage storage options ahead of time. You can keep your luggage in a secure spot for hours until you need to pick it up again, allowing you to explore a lot more freely.
See what kind of travel passes are available
Aside from getting to the city, getting around the city can be something of a hassle. There are a lot of cities that aren’t very walkable after all. You can hire a car, but in many cases, the traffic can be even worse than walking from A to B. As such, you should take a look at what kind of travel passes you can use. Usually, a single purchase can cover all of your public transportation needs for a given period of time, so you don’t have to worry about running out of money to get around the city.
A sightseeing pass might help you see more, too
Sometimes bundled in with a travel pass, sometimes a wholly separate thing, there are also sightseeing passes that you can purchase. These passes can give you admission to many of the city’s premium paid attractions. Usually, this can help offer savings compared to what you would be paying if you went to each of those attractions individually. It’s a good idea to put together an idea of what you want to see and to see which sightseeing passes cover most of the big ones. You can then find what else is available on them and see if you’d like to fit them into the schedule, too.
Don’t get too worried about sticking to a plan
Having an itinerary can help you get a good idea of what you want to see and do in the city. However, trying to stick to too rigid a plan can often make things a lot more stressful. Keep plans loose, try to keep your schedule as open as possible. You can’t always account for queue times, traffic, or other delays that might otherwise push those plans back, causing stress.
Use apps to help you navigate the city
If you’re in a new place, finding your way around can become a bit of a hassle. Finding whichever attraction, form of transport, eatery, or whatever else you’re looking for can become a mammoth task. Do your research on the city you’re visiting and see if they have their own visitor’s app that can make it a lot easier for you to figure out how to navigate. A GPS app on your phone can be helpful, too, but sometimes navigating a city can be more confusing than a map alone can help with.
With the help of the tips above, you should hopefully be able to deal with a lot less stress than a city break usually entails. The next time you’re planning to make one, keep these pointers in mind as best you can.