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How to Explore a New City in 48 Hours Like a Professional!
So you have decided to say Hallelujah to making the most of your weekends! Welcome – you will fit in well here 🙂 Whether you decide to go for a Surprise Destination Getaway or know exactly where you want to spend your weekend vacation, how exactly are you supposed to make the most out of 48 hours in a new city? A quick google search of San Francisco will bring up more “must-see” attractions than you could ever see in a weekend. And of course, today’s traveler also wants to see some hidden gems! Don’t worry, we have gathered the best tips ad tricks for trying to get the most out of your weekend away 🙂
Do Your Research
If you only have 48 hours to explore a city, make sure you do your research. You don’t want to show up and find out that the attraction you were looking forward to seeing sells out. I know we live in a world that is sometimes “I can DIY everything myself”. I have talked before about why you should use a travel agent, but it is worth mentioning again. Most travel agents are going to be invaluable when it comes to planning your vacation. I know that I’m always emailing my clients tips and tricks about making the most of their destination ahead of time.
Make a Rough Outline of Your Plans
On top of worryingly about missing something, you also don’t want to wind up in a state of Overwhelm. A perfect example is the picture of the tourist attractions in San Francisco above. You can’t see everything a city has to offer in 48 hours no matter how hard you try! It’s worth researching the available tourist attractions and deciding which one you really want to do and which ones your way then if you have time. If you can, try and sneak in a local event as well! Every traveler is different in terms of how much downtime they want to enjoy, but you don’t want to schedule every minute. Hear a great tip from a local? It would be a shame if you had no time to take advantage of it. Which brings me to my next point…
Talk to Locals
I always recommend chatting it up with locals no matter what destination you are in! I love coffee so I recommend starting with a local barista. Of course, if you are comfortable you can make conversation with anyone you pass! The one caution I would provide is when asking the hotel, they sometimes have partnered with places to recommend. Not to say the recommendations are bad – I don’t think any hotel would partner with a place that wasn’t good. It is just something to keep in mind 🙂
Take lots of photos
The weekend will likely fly by and photos are one of the best ways to remember your vacation! Don’t just Snapchat you’re going to want to keep a few of these! It doesn’t mean you need to bring fancy camera either. Depending on your destination and what you plan on doing you may actually want to avoid bringing an expensive camera. Can we just take the time to seriously appreciate how amazing phone cameras are? I kind of feel like an old person saying it but it’s true. Make sure you have a system to back up your photos as well! I usually create albums for every city (or every hotel) I visit as well to keep my photos organized!
Pack For Adventure (Without Overpacking)
Don’t you love vague tips? You can find a weekend getaway packing list anywhere on the Internet. Literally. a quick Google search will bring up over 385,000 lists. I won’t be repetitive by offering my own packing list but below are my top 5 things I don’t want you to forget!
- Bring Your Passport! Even if you are heading to a local destination. I remember being so disappointed the first time I visited a friend in Vancouver and couldn’t make a day trip to Seattle. Anything can happen!
- Sunscreen (even in the winter). Some places get more sun so you should be wearing sunscreen on your face no matter where you go. Really you should be wearing it on exposed skin every day..
- A Travel Journal. I love the new bullet journal trend. Despite how wordy I can be in blogs, I am not the one to “journal”. Bullet points of what I did that day are much more likely to get done!
- Bring a “Beach Bag”. Often times when you pack everything in your suitcase and you don’t think about what you are actually going to be carrying around.
- Comfortable Shoes. You never know how much walking you are actually going to end up walking! I think we have all made this mistake before!
What’s Your Favourite “Explore a New City” Tip?