This is a guest post by Jeff at Sustainable Life Blog as part of the Yakezie Blog Swap. Jeff blogs about finances, sustainability and DIY over at Sustainable Life Blog. You can check out Jeff’s blog today for my post.
There are obviously hundreds of travel tips around: Join loyalty programs, stay with relatives, replace meals with ice cream and caffeine and many, many more.
A lot of those travel tips will be subjective of course and limited by what you’re willing to do and what type of trip you’re interested in having. If you’re on a trip mostly for culinary reasons, a trip about how to get into museums free wont interest you much.
That being said, the best travel tip that I have is walk as much as possible if possible.
On my first trip to NYC with then-girlfriend (now fiancee) we walked everywhere. We were able to see some of the most awesome little stores and find amazing restaurants.
We got a deep down feel for the city (though it didn’t matter for her, she used to live there) and saw plenty of things there was to see in the area we were staying in.
Walking also allowed us to save money on cabs or train tickets. There was plenty to do where we stayed and I think we only took the subway 4 times during 3 full days there.
Usually we would get up, pick an area to go to and walk there (or subway if it was too far) and just walk around the area seeing what we could see.
We wandered into lots of stores, coffee shops and corner marts (all free!) that we would have just whooshed by in a cab or on the train. I dont know about you, but I find few things more frustrating than getting home from a nice fun vacation and finding out that I spent the 2nd most money on transportation of one type or another once I reached my destination!
So much for spending money on great food, local attractions and tourist traps, right?
One of the things that we stumbled on while walking was the NY Transit Museum. I’m not too fond of art museums, so this place was right up my alley. Though it was semi difficult to find (it’s underground) it had some of the coolest stuff that I’d seen in a museum in a long time.
Old fare coins, stories of train robbers and 1 of just about every subway car they’ve ever used on the line. Probably one of the most fun museums that I’ve ever been to, and we never would have known it was there if we were not on foot.
Not only were we able to save boatloads of money on cab costs, we got some great exercise too.
Most large cities are planned so that 1 block equals X% of a mile, and in New York it’s 1/10th of a mile = 1 block.
It makes it easy to count how many miles you walk in a day and how far you’ve gone.
Though it’s not always comforting to know that you’ve walked 10 miles in a day visiting places and wandering to find the nearest pizza joint, you can rest easy knowing that your pizza is guilt free!
SB’s thoughts : I think this is a wonderful tip from Jeff. To know the people, smell the weather, taste the food and to get accustomed to the place you are in, walking is the best option. Plan for the walking tours, set time, map the route and start walking. Almost any major city provides a walking tour guide.
While walking, stop on your way, taste local food, talk to the people around you. Notice their way of living, notice their accent, notice their clothes. Travel is an important part of education. Get yourself educated by knowing your destination well, and you can do it the best way when you are walking. Let’s walk!
Readers: What travel tips do you have? Do you walk often on vacation or do you typically go to places that aren’t very pedestrian friendly?