Bored of walking everywhere? Here are seven unusual alternative ways for exploring new places to make your trip even more fun and interesting!
Exploring a new city is one of the greatest human adventures you can take part in.
But are you bored with standard bus tours? Or are you curious about the bicycle rentals you see in some cities you go to?
Have you ever wondered what a historical tour would be like? Sometimes, exploring new places involves a little imagination. Maybe even a little bit of getting out of your comfort zone.
If you’d like to learn more about some unusual tours we’ve found around the world keep reading!
1. Talk to the Locals
When visiting a new city sometimes it’s easy to rely on the internet to find places to visit.
Unfortunately, the internet is full of businesses that just want tourists’ money. So what is the best way to get out there and live a truly unique experience?
Our first piece of advice is to find a quiet, off the beaten path café and listen to the locals. Getting the local opinion on destinations and history of the city you’re in is a guaranteed way to get out there and live a little history.
Local residents will know the best restaurants to eat at. They’ll also be able to tell you all of the local legends about your destination you won’t find in a tour book.
2. Don’t Go On Mainstream Tours
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in a bus or canal boat tour that might seem fun, but in reality it barely informs you about the city you’re wandering through. Bus tours are great for quick trips maybe, but they won’t be as interesting as exploring on your own.
If you’re interested in unusual tours, find some local museums or even a visitor’s center. These venues will be able to inform you of beautiful parks, quirky shops and even museums that won’t show up in your guidebook.
3. Rent a Bicycle
If you want to live like a local, consider renting a bicycle!
Riding a bike around the city you’re visiting will give you a chance to get a one-on-one look at the locales. Always be sure to review road rules for the country you’re in though.
Bikes are a great way to get exercise. Rome has some amazing rental companies that you should consider. Riding a bike through the city will let you see it up close and personal. Many rental companies will even provide guided tours that will let visitors explore the city in a safe way.
Paris is also another city that thrives on bicycle tourism.
With guided tours that will take you on stops to Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Moulin Rouge, you’ll be able to see most of the city’s popular destinations in four hours!
Many Europeans rely on bicycles to get from place to place in their daily lives. So experiencing this for yourself will provide hours of entertainment. Be sure to explore this option and if they provide tours, give it a go!
4. Unique Vehicle Tours
Now, while many bus tours are quick and to the point, there are a few bus tours that are just plain fun to take part in.
In London, give a pedal bus tour a shot. For the beer fanatic, a pedal bus tour gives you a look at some of the best pubs and taverns in and around London. The tours are rowdy, full of people from all walks of life and of course, beer.
These tours will be a once in a lifetime experience. They are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
If you’re into weird tours, keep an eye out for vespa tours. Italy thrives on tourism. And one of the best ways to travel around Italy is via vespa scooter. There are hundreds to choose from. Many Italian cities have scooters available to rent. Speeding through the Italian countryside, stopping at vineyards or restaurants, is one of the best ways to see the country.
In the States there are a few unusual tours to try that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the world too.
If you’ve ever wanted to go on an airboat through the Floridian wetlands, you should definitely give it a shot. Read more now on some of our favorite airboat tours around Orlando.
5. Pick One Museum to Focus on
Do you ever feel like you haven’t seen every single bit of the museums you’ve visited? Do you regret missing that one piece of art at the Louvre because you just ran out of time after spending far too long wandering around the city?
One thing to consider when visiting a new place is to pick a museum for one day. Devoting an entire day to this museum will allow you to experience everything it has to offer. And for museums like the Field Museum in Chicago or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, spending more than just a quick two-hour visit is easy.
6. Get a City Pass
For many cities, you can get a universal pass that will allow you to see the sites and major tourist stops for a discounted rate. This could allow you to skip the lines and it also gives you the flexibility of going where you want, when you want.
London has many passes to choose from. Some give you access to museums or historical sites. Others will allow you to choose a few locations at a time to spend time in. Before heading out into your city, check and see if it has passes available. They may save you some money in the long run.
7. Historical Walking Tours
While walking everywhere may not appeal all of the time, there are some cities you should absolutely do a historical walking tour through. Boston has some of the most detailed tours in the country. These tours will highlight everything from Paul Revere’s midnight ride to the Holocaust Memorial.
If you love history and seeing a city from the ground, give a walking tour a shot.
Exploring New Places Should be an Adventure
If this list has piqued your interest then we’ve done our job well. Going to a beautiful city and getting up close and personal with it should be an adventure.
If you’d like to keep exploring new places and would love some more travel tips, visit our blog.