Top 5 Unique Ways To Explore A New City
The first thing that I do as soon as I land in a new city is drop my bags at my Airbnb or hotel, grab my backpack and head out the door. My thirst to explore a new city takes over and everything else (sleep, hunger, exhaustion) just fades into the background. If this is you too, the wanderlust bug has surely bitten you!
Satisfy your travel curiosity, immerse yourself into the culture, and feel the beating pulse of the new city by trying out some unique ways to explore it. While taking a hop-on-hop-off bus, using a travel app, book or map, public transportation, etc. are all very good and well-established methods of exploration, let’s admit it, they’re a tad bit boring! Why not try some fun and unique ways to explore a new city? Check out this list of the most awesome ways to see a city in a unique manner.
Explore A New City #5 – Segway Tour
Is there anything more fun than zipping past the tourist crowds as you take in the sights of a new city? You can do exactly that with a Segway tour! And before you say ‘But I don’t know how to ride a Segway’, let me tell you that most Segway tour operators don’t expect you to know it, and will happily instruct you on how to ride one. All you have to do is sign up online, take a short Segway riding lesson, follow your guide’s instructions and set off on your merry way!
Whizz through the city at gentle speeds, stop and observe landmarks, and be enlightened about the facts, stories and history of the city by your knowledgeable guide. Segway tours are offered in most major cities around the world including San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, Madrid, London, Dubai, etc., and are undoubtedly one of the most unique ways of exploring a new city!
Explore A New City #4 – Bike Tour
Another unique way to explore a new city is by cycling through it. Bike tours are becoming more and more popular thanks to traffic congestions, crowded city centers, environmental consciousness, boom in eco-tourism, etc. Not only is bicycling a fun activity for all ages but when you go on a cycling tour, you also get a chance to make friends in a new city!
Imagine cycling through the beautiful streets of Paris, the by-lanes of Rome, or the tree-lined streets of Washington D.C., all while you explore the hidden gems and iconic landmarks of the city. Reduce your carbon footprint, make new friends and explore a new city on a bicycle!
#3 – Themed Walking Tour
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a few steps. As such, walking is the most easiest and efficient way of experiencing the sights and sounds of a new city. A quick search online and you will find a plethora of walking tours in most major cities, where visitors can explore the landmarks, architecture, and culture of a city in the company of like-minded travellers and with the aid of a charming guide. But why not try a themed walking tour instead?
Themed walking tours are nothing but walking tours focusing on a specific subject, theme, historical period, or architectural style. Some examples of themed walking tours are World War II walking tours in European cities, ghost walks, literature walks, Harry Potter or Jack the Ripper tour in London, Coco Chanel walking tour in Paris, Prohibition tour in New York, Hollywood walking tour in Los Angeles, etc.
#2 – Food Tour
Eat your way through a new city by going on an amazing food tour! Try the local dishes, learn about the cuisine, connect with the history of the people and be enchanted by the cultures that have influenced the food of the city. Most cities offer a variety of food tours that range from local food tours through vegan food tours. Beer brewery and wine tasting tours are popular as well.
Another unique twist on food tours are market tours. Market tours allow you to sample signature dishes from select stalls in food bazaars or food tours that include cooking lessons too. Whether you are a foodie or not, a food tour in a new city is sure to delight you!
#1 – Photography Tour
Embark on an adventure that will quite literally give you a new view of the city – via a photography tour! Dust off your old camera or try out your new DSLR as you photograph your way through a new city. Snap beautiful pictures of the city monuments, structures, sights, icons, people, life and more under the expert guidance of a professional photographer.
Learn tips and techniques to about lighting environment, exposure, backgrounds, camera angles, etc. Explore the city through your camera lens. Photography tours take you around the best parts of a city and give you a chance to explore unknowns that are known to locals alone. Try this unique way of exploring a new city and leave with a camera full of memories!
Travel enriches the mind, body and soul, and it only by travelling can we open our minds to new possibilities. As you plan your travels, say yes to new experiences and yes to unique ways of exploring a new city.