In a world where everything has to go according to plan, we often miss what’s right in front of us. Recently I went to Prague, Lisbon, Dublin, and Rome. Not the most exotic cities. And cities that were not high on my wishlist. But still, it was some of my favorite travels.
The magic of destination unknown
Arriving at an airport. Only knowing the address of the hotel someone booked for you and the time you have to get back to the airport. Everything in between is a mystery. It will be more expensive than a thoroughly planned out trip, but the experience is priceless. Get out of your comfort zone!
Not talking about this cheesy 2007 song though.
Some tips & tricks
But how do you do it? Traveling with knowing what to see, what to do, to eat and drink?
1. Use Google Trips
This is an app that tells you the places you must visit. On arrival you give in the name, and voila. Google Trips tells you what monuments to see and what restaurants are goods. It also gives information about the currency, how much you have to tip and emergency numbers.
2. Take a taxi or Uber
You’re not only faster in the city center, wasting less time on your precious trip. It can also give you valuable information. Just start asking questions to the chauffeur. This trick helped me figure out when to go out in Dublin.
It’s on Monday when all the weekend-personnel start their weekend.
3. Go by foot
I once read a saying: You only get to know a city when you take its public transportation. And although it is true, I prefer to walk. By foot, you can stroll through small neighborhoods and little alleys. Much more interesting than the subway walls. On my last trips, I walked an average of 20 kilometers per day.
4. Buy roaming-data
Yes, this might be a little more expensive, but it will help you find your way around town. Find historic hotspots or restaurants. It will also help you whenever you have an emergency. An alternative is regularly visiting a McDonalds, Starbucks or Burger King as they offer free Wi-Fi.
So how do you book?
You have several options. I traveled with srprs.me. A travel-agency that arranges everything for you. But you can ask one of your friends to book it for you. And in return, you can book for them!
Have you ever been on a city trip or travel without knowing the destination?