The famous problem that plagues many tourists is that they want to see everything at one go and they know that they can’t. This leads to what we like to call ‘touring with a whip in hand’.
Don’t make that mistake. If there is a series of tips one should keep in mind while planning a trip, this one is the most serious of all. Don’t try and see everything at one go. Because places, like the humans who live there, are inexhaustible.
Apart from that, here are some things to keep in mind for the tour. Thrift is the best policy and remember: You get only one chance to make memories. Make them with all your might but don’t try too hard. Read on to know what all you should know:
Make peace with the fact that you can’t finish visiting all that a place has to offer, in one go. You just can’t. Even months aren’t enough for that. A city comprises layers of history and stories of another world and another time. That where the real meat is, and to know the stories you go slow. Move according to a plan. Check our one day plans for Rome and get a clear picture of what you’re set for.
Take your student Id. A part of planning ahead.
If you are a student always carry your id. Places like The Vatican Museum and The Steps of the Dome will give you discounts if you are able to show a valid student id. Other than that, what you need to plan the most is when and where to go. With proper planning you would be able to avoid the crowds and queues. Ask the locals for all the times when the crowds are thin and plan accordingly.
It’s a great idea to map your journey according to food.
This is one thing that foodies know: Travelling with a foodie gives you a feel of all the places (inside and outside the city), make you connect with the place whose food you eat. For any necessary information, check out the list of secret dining spaces and the best street food shops.
When in Rome, never meet eyes with the salesman.
Every city has one annoying trait, like the traffic of Kolkata or Bangalore, the air in Delhi, etc. Salesmen in tourist heavy cities are literally everywhere. Just meet one in hindsight and they might dip a rose in your pocket and charge you for it. Their honest, warm smiles might melt your heart but once in the trap, you will go falling. So, never meet eyes with a salesmen. Buy the souvenirs and forget about them.
You may end up not following your plan, but plan you must.
Plan your itinerary because you need to choose among the larger towns and the smaller, more quaint ones. As said before, you can’t see it all in one go. But once down there, rework your plan after talking to the friendly locals. They are often extremely helpful.
Don’t worry about accommodation.
This is one troublesome question whose answer you can always find. Like we did for Rome. (give the link to the cheap hotel article). The internet is laden with cheaper alternatives to expensive hotels. Keep this is mind: despite being a trap for tourists, there are cool patches of every city which won’t burn your pocket.
We have got you covered. Keep these simple steps in mind and try not to rush. Everything else will not be in your hands and that’s the best part. Dive into a strange land of love, history, civilization, colours and music.