logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Solo Travel Site

BellaOnline's Solo Travel Editor

g

5 Tips for Walking the City

Guest Author - Christine Wilcox

More often than not, my solo travels take me by car, by plane and by train to destinations that I would not have had the opportunity to see otherwise. I saw Manhattan on the first anniversary of 9/11 and the two light columns striking their way through the sky. I have seen the Bay Tour of San Francisco on a clear day because our pilot requested it. I have seen towns and cities at night and wondered who was below that was looking up at the blinking red light in the sky wondering who could be looking down from there. This weekend, I had a unique opportunity to see a city in a way I hadn't in a while. I walked.

Now, walking solo is not for the faint of heart. It does take a bit more than a keen sense of direction to make your way around an unfamiliar city. So here are my top 5 tips for solo travel walking tours.

1. Its all about the shoes.

I brought 2 pairs of shoes with me this trip: loafers and super-comfortable Nunn Bush sandals that have been in my shoe arsenal since last summer. I left the loafers and opted for the sandals. I walked for at least 4 hours around Salem, Massachusetts without sitting and never skipped a beat. It was fantastic, even in November.

2. Get your bearings.

A decent map can save you when you're doing a walking tour, but so can Google! Google Maps or any other mapping app can help you navigate unfamiliar territory - as long as you have the addresses of where you're going. Use Google Maps to plot out what addresses you want to visit, and plan for plenty of walking time between destinations - and browsing in case any cute shops catch your eye!

3. Don't forget your bag.

When you're walking, anything you get gets packed with you. If you are a notorious shopper, this is a great way to keep your purchases in check! It's a great day to focus on jewelry. You also need to remember your water. Stay hydrated when you're walking.

4. Park centrally.

Choose your parking spot carefully, especially if you have to pay to park and keep an eye on the meter time. In case you have to run back to pay for extra time, you won't be crossing the entire town to do it.

5. Top it with a great meal.

Any great walking tour should end with a great meal. Ask shop clerks for their opinions of where they would go for a bite to eat in the area. I've never had a bad recommendation.

Safe travels!

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to Twitter Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to Facebook Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to MySpace Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to Del.icio.us Digg 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to Yahoo My Web Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to Google Bookmarks Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to Stumbleupon Add 5+Tips+for+Walking+the+City to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Solo Travel Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Christine Wilcox. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Christine Wilcox. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.

g


g features
Las Vegas Solo

5 Tips for Planning a Cross-Country Road Trip

Voluntourism -- 2012 Archaeology Dig in Texas

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor