Sadly, we don’t always get to spend as much time as we would like exploring and experiencing new cities when we’re on our travels. Perhaps you’re only spending one night there before a connecting flight, maybe you’re meeting someone before moving onto your next major destination or perhaps somewhere along the line your itinerary has gone awry. Whatever the reason for your flying visit, it’s good to know that there are ways you can make the most of your limited time in a new destination.
Wondering how to make the most of a flying visit? Read on for 5 simple travel tips.
Indulge in a little culture
Whether you have an afternoon or an evening to enjoy your current destination, you should take full advantage of the culture on offer. A quick pitstop in Italy? Head to an opera – check out this website for opera tickets. Feeling peckish in Hong Kong? Check out the local street food rather than a worldwide food chain. There are lots of little ways you can indulge yourself in the local culture and enjoy a speedy insight into daily life whilst you’re at it. Make the most of it!
Enjoy a guided tour
Why spend precious time pouring over maps and trying to find places of interest when a local tour guide can do all the hard work for you? If you can, you could potentially book your place on a guided tour in advance so you can save even more time when you arrive at your destination. You can now see and enjoy all the highlights of the area in a fast yet informative way.
Discover the local market
Conduct a little research before you arrive and find out if your visit coincides with a local market. A trip to the local market allows you to see everyday life in action and adds a touch of authenticity to your brief visit. View the local produce, try something new, treat yourself to a trinket or a souvenir, discover how the locals live, ask questions and immerse yourself for a couple of hours – it beats waiting around at the airport!
Enjoy a food tour
Awaken your taste buds and indulge the foodie within you, and book yourself a place on a guided food tour. What better way to get acquainted with a new city then eating your way through it’s most famous and revered dishes? If a food tour isn’t available, then ask someone local where’s good to eat and follow your taste buds, you never know, there could be one dish you’ll be talking about for years to come!
Hit the local museum
Stepping into the past is a wonderful way to understand and respect the present day of your destination. You’ll get a marvellous insight into the history and stories behind local culture as well as the music, literature and art that’s all around you. In addition, there’ll be staff on hand to answer any questions you might have and to help make your brief visit memorable.