Travelling has always been one of my greatest passions. Nothing makes me happier than exploring a new city, new cultures and new smells. From my early days on I’ve been BFF with the so called travel bug and I work hard to discover all the places on my Travel Bucket List. Not only am I currently in London (follow along on Snapchat: viennawedekind) but I also booked my flights to NEW YORK & MILAN!! Aww I can hardly wait to explore these vibrant cities!!
When it comes to planning a city trip I tend to be a perfectionist since I believe in the mantra: „Good preparations are half of the work“. Being well prepared and feel informed about the city you are going to visit makes every trip even more fun! That’s why I’m going to share some tipps & tricks today on how to plan a city trip and make the most out of your stay:
START WITH THE BASICS
First of all let’s start with some basic information. This will help you with the planning:
Where are you going?
For how long?
Have you ever been to this place? Maybe you can already tick some sights off of your list.
What season is it? This is an important information for packing and outdoor activities…
Is your trip during public holidays or at the weekend? Keep in mind that some stores and restaurants might be closed then.
BUY A GREAT TRAVEL GUIDE
Once you’ve chosen your destination it’s time time to invest in a great travel guide! It’s not only
essential for all the must-sees and local informations you need (like currencies, public transport e.g) but you’ll also find great insider tips and walkabouts in it. My favorite Travel Guides are from Dorling Kindersley (great maps, pictures and detailed information!) and the Cereal City Guides.
MAKE A WISH LIST
Once you’ve heard all your friend’s recommendations and browsed through your travel guide, it’s time to make a list with all the places you wanna see. Divide your list into SIGHTS (all the city’s must-sees), FUN (Shopping, Museums, Theatres, Parks) and EAT & DRINK (Restaurants, Snacks, Coffee Shops, Bars). Try to plan your day using one of each group, starting with the most exhausting ones (in the morning you’ll probably have the most energy). For example: London St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Lunch, Thames River Cruise, Coffee Break, Shopping afternoon, Rooftop Dinner.
-> TIPP: I always start a city trip by visiting an observation deck or with a sightseeing tour because it’s the best way to get a first impression!
With your must-see list at hand it’s time to focus on transportation and how you’ll get around from the airport/in the city/at night. To be honest that’s a rather boring but also very important thing to do. You can buy most of the public transport tickets at the airport or pre-order online. Pretty easy! Use google to get an overview about the taxi & bus costs and the metro operating hours.
Planning is fun but it’s also important to allow some spontaneity. You’ve just arrived in the city and heard about a brand new exhibition? A colleague texted you a must-visit shop address? GO for it! It’s great to see some off-the- beaten-track places.
I love to discover new places via Pinterest & Instagram and search for special Hashtags or Geo Tags. You can find some of my favorite places with the hashtag #wedekindtravels. Happy Travels, peeps!
pic. via Oracle Fox.