8 Essential Rules of Exploring A New City

  1. Comfort Trumps Fashion

What shoes you pack when you travel? Everyone wants to look hot – but I found myself wondering are the five inch hooker heels worth it in the long run or are the sensible but comfy wedges the way to go? I have had my fair share of falls and wardrobe malfunctions – I tend to be a master at locating curbs.  Don’t get me started on cobblestone. So in my commandments I declare that comfort trumps fashion. Likewise with clothes – I swear by layers. If you wear jean, tee shirt and a flannel you can strip down or bundle up to regulate your temperatures. Plus you will be fashionable to the grunge look.

  1. Abide by the 3:1 Rule When Clubbing

Ladies – when clubbing or in a bar, my best advice is to take a look around when you get into the venue if you arrive and you are outnumbered by men by more than 3:1 – leave.  It can become a safety issue and can become uncomfortable quickly. Basically you just became the fish to the barrel for thirsty individuals. See rule number three for the full story.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

If you are out and about especially at night or in places like Vegas recruiters WILL come up to you and ask you to go somewhere or do something. You are under no obligation to say yes. One experience I had while in San Diego was just that – I should have said no. It forced my friend and I to enact the 3:1 rule (see rule 2).  My fellow blogger Sarah and I received a waived cover charge and free drinks by a recruiter to a particular club, so sure we were up for it. The club was great – loud music, thumping atmosphere – one problem, it was all dudes.  So there was a reason recruiters were targeting women.

  1. Just Avoid Dark Alleys

It doesn’t have to be a literal dark alley. Be aware of your surroundings and go with your gut. Especially females traveling together – anything can happen but bad situations can be prevented by keeping your wits about you. Follow the basics – know your limits, don’t accept drinks from strangers and come up with a plan in case something happens.

  1. Do Bar Hop

Check it out! You are in a new town where no one knows you. Don’t be afraid to ask locals about the best places to visit– they know. If they love the location, they will share. Don’t stick to one place have an app in one bar, have your entree in another restaurant, and if you are feeling saucy have dessert in a third place.

  1. Have a Game Plan

It helps to do some research. Find out what is located in close approximation to your hotel. If you can walk to dinner, fantastic – keep your car in valet and don’t call an Uber driver.  Map out what days you want to be up early to go to an attraction and what mornings you can relax. Maybe it is just me but I like to have some structure so you can optimize your time; that isn’t to say that the plan is the end all be all. Make sure the plan is flexible.

  1. Up Early. Siesta. Out Late.

The earlier you wake up the easier it will be to get into attractions – you could have the whole beach to yourself for hours while everyone is still sleeping it off. Think about it people are on vacation – so they sleep in. I always beat the crowds by arriving as early as I can. By the time you have finished seeing everything the attraction should be filling up! Now you can take a nap, two to three hours should suffice – just enough to get you through your evening.  When you wake up you are good to go and ready to join the night life.

  1. UBER, LYFT, RIDESHARE

Avoid wasting time getting lost – just call for a ride. There are numerous ride share solutions that are just an app away. Uber is economic as well as practical for city explorers. I have used Uber (my favorite) in Denver, San Diego, Laguna Beach, and even in my own city Phoenix without much fail. Most of the drivers are more than happy to give you tips and other places to check out!

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3 thoughts on “8 Essential Rules of Exploring A New City

  1. That’s so different than our style. We don’t do clubbing or any drinking , honestly, when we travel, with the exception of a glass of wine with a romantic dinner. We spend the day exploring the sites and the night to sleep 🙂
    But I agree about comfort and avoiding dark alleys at night.

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    1. I am a sight explorer as well. Outdoor/hiking especially. For the most part I prefer to head the opposite direction of crowds but, every once in awhile I’ll venture into the clubs 😄

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