5 Tips on Places to Stay on Your First Time in a City

Heading off to a new destination city for your next vacation or business trip? When travelling to a location that you haven’t gone before, it’s normal to feel anxious about it.

The good news is that you don’t have to feel that way! Whether you’re going on a solo trip or a luxury vacation as a group, it’s a good idea to prepare for the travel.

Check out these 5 tips on choosing where to stay in a city that you’re visiting for the first time.

5 Tips on Places to Stay on Your First Time in a City

5 Tips on Places to Stay on Your First Time in a City

1. Choose a hotel with the best value for money

Most cities have a wide range of accommodation options, and so choosing the right hotel is important especially if it’s your first time in the area.

Some people go to either of two opposite ends of the spectrum: a cheap hotel, or a luxurious one. Why not get the best of both worlds? Look for hotels with good amenities at the best possible price.

At its most basic, the accommodation that you choose should have a secure room key system, clean and spacious area, in-house internet connection, and exceptional customer care.

2. Refer to online sources and download travel apps

Practically all information that you need for your first travel to any city can already be found online. Do a quick online search for recommendations on hotels, inns, backpacker accommodation, and other places where you can stay.

On top of this, make sure that you have useful travel apps that will help you navigate the city, plan your vacation, and book your preferred accommodation.

3. Stay somewhere near your local destinations

Whether you’re on vacation or a business trip, you will find benefit in staying at a place that’s near your intended destinations. Search online maps and look for accommodation from where you can take walk to tourist spots, restaurants, public places, or your company’s office.

A word of caution, though: Most hotels and accommodations near popular tourist attractions may be too expensive for your taste. You may consider other places to stay that are accessible by public transportation. That way, you’ll still feel as if you’re minutes away from local destinations.

4. Refer to customer feedback

If you belong to the 88% of the traveling population, you will probably decline hotels that have gained poor reviews and low ratings.

Ratings and reviews speak a lot about how past clients have been treated by the hotel or accommodation. Expect a mix of good and bad feedback about the hotel. Make sure that you read reviewers that sound credible and not those who appear to be simply gripping.

Use the information to help you decide whether the accommodation is at par with your expectations. For instance, if it doesn’t bother you that the hotel has no WiFi, then feel free to include the place in your considerations.

5. Check if you have family or friends who are living in the city

Want to save big? Stay with people you know who are residing in your destination! Not only will you be able to spend less, but you can also enjoy more time with family and friends as you stay with them.

As an alternative, you may invite them to stay with you in your hotel room. Just make sure that you know how many people are staying, so that you can book a large room that can fit everyone.

Preparation is Key to First-Time Travel

If it’s your first time in a location, chances are you need as much help as you can get. By following the tips above, you can rest assured that your first trip to your intended destination city is going to be memorable for the right reasons.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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