March 10, 2017

Guest Post: Getting Around on Your Travels*

Traveling isn’t just about the destination; it’s also about how you get there. We aren’t talking about how to get from your country to your destination of choice for your next vacation, rather how to get around once you are there. A big part of exploring any new place is the travel from where you are staying to all of the best sights and attractions. Often, it is when you are traveling around that you make the best memories, which is why when it comes to traveling it is so important to understand what the best ways are to see and experience the best sights and attractions that your destination of choice has to offer you.


Bearing that in mind, the question is what are some of the best ways to see the sights when you are abroad? Of course, it is important to bear in mind that each country has different forms of transport, depending on the terrain on offer. However, the guide below can give you a better insight into how you can make the most of your time abroad and make getting from A to B that little bit more enjoyable and more exciting. To make the most of your time abroad, below are some of the best ways to get around while you travel.


Travel by foot


If you are in good physical fitness and love to walk, then traveling by foot while you are abroad could be the answer. It might take longer to get around and see the sights on foot, but the fact is that it can be an incredible way to get around. Because walking allows you to take things in at your own pace, walking tours have become increasingly popular in many cities that get a lot of tourists visiting them each year. Of course, not all cities are easily walkable, but there are plenty that are. Love the concept of traveling around via foot? Then visiting somewhere like Florence, where the city is restricted to just allowing taxis and buses through, could be ideal. New York is known as the ‘most walkable’ city in America, because it’s streets are so easy to navigate due to the numbering system used. Marrakech is another city that’s best seen via foot thanks to its labyrinth of alleyways and souks.




Do you love to cycle? If you are a keen cycler and are in good physical shape, cycling could be a great way to get around when you are on vacation. Of course, cycling in another country isn’t always an easy (or safe) task, as you have to know how the roads work and understand where it is safe to cycle. However, there are some cities that are ideal for exploring via bike; these include Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Strasbourg, Bourdoux, Antwerp, and Seville. These are just a few of the world’s most bikeable cities. What makes these places so bike-friendly? It is down to their layout, the fact that these countries make cyclist safety a priority, and also because bikes are readily available to hire. As well as having companies on offer for bike hire, many capital cities in the world, including London, have bikes for hire that are managed by local authorities, such as Boris Bikes in London. Some cities not only have regular bikes, but they also offer a range of unique ones to choose from. From tandem bikes for two people to bike carriages that carry four or more people, there are often various options on offer. For instance, in many hot countries like Spain’s Balearic Islands, bike carriages are a popular method of getting around and are available for hire in most destinations.


Take a cruise



Not a big cycling fan? How about getting around via boat? There are many cities in the world that are home to rivers and offer a range of water-based transport options. From London’s incredible amphibious ‘Duck Tours’ to cruises offered by the Bolsover Cruise Club all over the world, there are plenty of cities that offer water-based transport options. The fantastic thing about this kind of water transport is the fact that you don’t just have to book a day cruise, you can opt to take a longer cruise and sail down various rivers exploring different cities and countries as you go. Or, if you would prefer, you can choose to book a day cruise, it’s completely up to you and your personal preference.


Ride the bus


Most large cities have both a train network and a bus network, as well as a tram network. However, when it comes to seeing the sights, riding the bus is most probably the best way to get around, as most train and tram networks go through tunnels and tend to operate away from all of the best sights and attractions. That’s why taking the bus could be a much better option – if you want to see the sights and learn more about the country that you are visiting, taking a bus tour could be the ideal way to do that. To make the bus tour that you take even more enjoyable, consider opting for an open top bus tour, and find an option that allows you to hop on and hop off to explore.


Fly in a helicopter, plane or hot air balloon



The chances are that if you are traveling overseas, you will need to fly to your destination, but what about flying to see the sights? Did you know that various cities in the world offer helicopter rides and plane rides over their cities? What better way is there is explore a new city than flying over it? It might only give you a bird’s eye view, but a helicopter ride could be the ideal way to see all of the best sights and attractions that the place you are visiting has to offer. Not a fan of helicopters? How about booking a hot air balloon ride instead? Love the idea of riding in a hot air balloon? Then the chances are that you are wondering where the best places in the world are to take a hot air balloon ride over are. The Atacama Desert in Chile makes for a beautiful sight from the sky, as does Burma, Cappadocia in Turkey, and Luxor in Egypt. There are some incredible places in the world, many of which can be seen and explored via hot air balloon ride. Hot air balloon rides can be a lot of fun, however they can also be quite labour intensive, as you normally have to help set the balloon up and put it away again, so bear this in mind before booking a trip in one.


There are some amazing ways that you can get around when you are abroad, from walking and cycling to taking a boat ride or hot air balloon ride, there are so many ways that you can choose to get around. It’s important to remember that every city is different, which is why choosing how to get from A to B is so important. What works in one place may not necessarily work in another, which is why it is important to be choosy about how you get around. Before you head off to anywhere new, it’s worth taking the time to look up your options for getting around while you are there, so that when you arrive, you know how you would like to get around and see the sights. If you want to find out which is the best way to get around before you visit, there are plenty of online forums that should be able to help you to understand what the best ways are to get around during your trip.

Char xo


Please note, this is a guest post. 

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