Assuming that you already picked the place you want to visit as you are likely to have heard a couple of attractions in that area…
And so with that knowhow, you try to check and stretch your budget for maximum experience. With that, let’s help you with our tips on how to efficiently go about a city and its attractions.
ONE. Research on all the possible attractions and landmarks of the area. Knowing one or two would likely lead to more – and even hidden or less visited ones – which would then make your vacation more worthwhile.
TWO. While staying at cheaper lodges has its benefits, booking in a hostel not too far or at the center of several attractions is obviously more time saving and, therefore, would prove to be more cost efficient as you could save on gas or local fares in going to multiple attractions as here you would just need to “connect the dots” so to speak. Unless of course the hostel rate is unreasonably high.
THREE. Traveling to any place is not complete if you miss out on the local specialty as food exploration always tag along with travel adventures. Thus, try to know where the most authentic of these local cuisines are available and make it a priority to try them.
FOUR. Avoid, if not, minimize eating at your hotel. Instead, have your meals at clean local eateries. For not only is hotel food more pricey, you could also learn of the place a lot more by experiencing the place itself.
If you are staying at a homestay or Airbnb, then also have home cooked meals – it’s cheaper and healthier than eating out. Besides, you could get firsthand information about the area through the home owner.
FIVE. Buy food and drinks from the grocery or market – and bring some with you in your exploration. Visiting especially top tourist attractions could bust your pocket if you are not prepared. Like, higher on-site drinks and food prices, souvenir items and even entrance fees.
SIX. If you have limited time, do not hesitate to join city tours. This will maximize your budget and your visit of the place. Else, if you have more time to spare, then rent a scooter, a bicycle or simply walk. Obviously in doing so, you not only enjoy the place more but even keep fit.
SEVEN. Speaking of keeping fit, while walking is one way to do so, try checking out the local gym (and gather even more information of the place) if your accommodation has one. Else, know where their park is as it is not unusual for people to workout at their local parks and make friends.
EIGHT. Know where the tourist assistance and foreign exchange centers as well as laundry shops, market, drinking water and phone reloading stations are. Yes, you are in the city; but still, it would also be good to know where the nearest gas stations are located, otherwise, where the terminals (or ticketing offices) are including their schedules and destinations other than your place of origin – just in case.
NINE. Know the busiest days, the off-peak days or hours as well as the city’s holidays including local events and the time that the city normally sleeps, if ever it does. This would maximize your time (and again, budget) as it gives you an idea on where to go on any given time and day.
TEN. Finally, remember the basics and always make sure you practice them. From being friendly to respecting the culture and its local laws.
Happy and safe travels!