Exploring a new place – Tips for going off the beaten track

For some people, the idea of a dream holiday is to return to the same destination each and every year. For example, some people from the UK often return to nearby European countries regularly, such as France.

There’s nothing wrong with the above but for others, it’s all about doing the opposite. It might not be as convenient but it can be very rewarding.

This is going to be the focus of today’s article. While there’s an undoubted sense of adventure when you do venture off the beaten track and travel to a new destination, you are jumping into the unknown. Today’s guide will tell you some crucial tips that can help you settle into your holiday as quickly as possible.

Ignore Trip Advisor recommendations

One of the biggest faux pas’ we see by people visiting a new destination is just relying on their smart phone and specifically, Trip Advisor.

Now, let’s put it out there that Trip Advisor can work wonders in some regards, but for the purposes of exploring somewhere new we would thoroughly recommend that you do everything yourself. If you don’t, you’ll soon find that you are simply following some Google Maps directions to the Trip Advisor suggestion of your choice – and you are effectively living other peoples’ holidays.

Now, if you are arriving late at night to your destination, there might be some merit in the above approach. For those of you looking to really explore a new area, we’d suggest that you do it all yourself though.

…But do have some sort of plan up your sleeve

Following on from the above, there is something of a caveat. While holidays should never follow strict plans (after all, you are there to relax), having a rough idea of what to do can sometimes be refreshing.

This is particularly important if you are heading to a destination where there are lot of paid-for attractions. If these attractions get busy, there’s a chance that they might become sold out if you leave it too late before booking. As such, at least have some basic plans up your sleeve before you head out there but again, nothing too stringent.

Get your paperwork in order before you travel

This next point might be a generalization but if you are heading to a new country, it is important to have travel insurance lined up for the worst case scenario. If, for example, you are looking to visit the USA for the first time, be sure to check out Staysure to ensure are correctly covered before heading off. The American healthcare system is expensive at the best of times, so American travel insurance even more important in this case. 

Do also make sure you organize these a long-time before you travel and while you’re at it, check all Visa requirements and any vaccinations you might be obliged to have before entering the country in question.

Rely on your feet and public transport

As you’ve probably already realized, the overall tip for visiting a new destination is to just explore it. One of the easiest ways to do that is to walk to destinations (and get lost!) or by using public transport. Both hold monumental advantages over taxis and hiring a car; you’re not just breezing past landmarks, you will most probably stop and investigate them for yourself. It means that you can really soak up a new destination and find out if it’s worth returning to in future.

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