Winter Walks In The City

Michigan Avenue on a winter's day, Downtown Chicago. City street with skyscrapers and background people in a snowstorm.

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Aristophanes

There is nothing more exciting than arriving in a new, unexplored city. Arguably, one of the best ways to find new areas is to walk everywhere. By walking, you avoid missing out on any of the sights the city has to offer, and, should you get lost, you will be sure to find some friendly locals willing to show you the best places to eat and explore.

For the most part, walking in a new city rarely feels strenuous because of the excitement and hype surrounding the fact that you are in a completely unknown place, and anything could be around the corner – some of the best adventures are found by accident. .

One of the best apps available to provide you with a rough guide is Foursquare. A location based social network, users utilize Foursquare by tagging themselves at locations whilst also leaving tips to gain badges and score more points against their friends. It has widely become one of the easiest ways to pool tips and leave feedback on where people have travelled. The pivotal difference between this and TripAdvisor is that Foursquare is also curated by locals, who provide authentic suggestions.

Another way to make the most of your explorations is to take advantage of any free walking tours the city might offer. Most usually run for between 3-4 hours with tour guides providing you with experiencing less busy tourist attractions. You will also be met with the opportunity to share any tips you’ve picked up with other tourists who might have some tips on places to see.

It is also worth noting here that you can likewise use Twitter and Facebook to find new places to venture to, and this can easily be done through a basic hashtag search of the specific area.

Last but by no means least, asking a local where the best spots to go to is a surefire way of finding the best food you will have had the entire trip, and locals are usually happy to direct you on how to get there. Most of the time, the places will be within walking distance and they might also suggest areas for you to look around that won’t be your typical tourist trap.

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