For many of us, city travel figures prominently into our adventures, whether it’s for business or pleasure. Not all cities are made the same though and there are certain things to keep in mind when traveling in a new city. Urban travel is so important that we decided to devote our September Twitter Chat to learning more about great cities around the world.
What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2-3pm Pacific Time under the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/
Here are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on City Travel.
For whatever reason, we all have certain cities that we just click with—cities we love unconditionally. So, we asked all the participants to share a few of their favorite cities around the world.
- There was no hesitation from chat co-hosts @ThePlanetD who quickly named Paris, Bangkok and Hong Kong as tops in their book.
- Turns out naming only three favorites was hard for most chatters, including @MiddleSeatView who finally settled on NYC, Florence and Dublin.
- Several other chat participants didn’t need three picks, like @SpoonfulFlavor who said: 1. Seattle 2. Seattle and 3. Seattle.
- Some other top picks included: Tokyo, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Dubai, Vancouver, Durban, Florence, London, Venice, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Jerusalem to just name a few.
What To Do
For many of us, while exploring a new city is fun it can also be daunting. With so many restaurants and attractions it’s not always easy to know where to start. We asked everyone to share their top tips for finding places to eat and things to do when they’re in a new city.
- Chat co-host @OrlandoChris said that he relies on travel blogs for up-to-date and reliable tips.
- Many people prefer not to over plan, like @Sushi_Flower who said she loves to wander around new cities.
- Locals usually know the best places to eat especially on a budget, as @Colleen_PNW reminded us.
- Others rely on apps when they travel like Around Me, Foursquare, Yelp and even Instagram.
With so many great cities to explore around the world, there’s always a new place popping up on our travel bucket lists and so we asked everyone to share what cities they most want to visit but haven’t yet.
- Thanks to its mentions on almost every “Must Visit” list, @VoyagerVicki says Cape Town is in her sights.
- Well-traveled couple @theplanetd have been to a lot of places, but they most want to see Rio, Moscow and Stockholm.
- Chat participant @findinganeish has never visited the U.S. and both San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are two cities he wants to see the most.
- A hard question for many, chatters @What_Boundaries had a tough time narrowing it down but finally settled on Quito and Moscow.
Although cities have a lot to offer travelers, they also come with some inherent risks. With safety in mind, we asked everyone to share some of their top safety tips.
- Chat co-host @TravelBlggr had a great tip to always use cross-body messenger bags to safeguard your valuables when you’re out and about.
- Be aware of your surroundings and don’t “show off” the fact that you might have money on you says chatter @AquamarineSteph.
- @Adamdtownsend33 advised the men in the chat to always put their wallet in their front pocket and for everyone to keep their backs to the wall when waiting for public transportation.
- Chatter @ChasingDepartur may have put it best though when they said to always trust your gut instincts—they’re rarely wrong. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
On A Budget
No matter their budget, everyone likes to save a little money when they can so we asked the chat participants to share their urban travel money saving tips!
- Every city has some things to see and do that are free as @CantonCathy reminded us—do your research to find out what they are!
- Chat participant @slioy does three things when he travels to a new city to save money: Eat street food, use public transportation and buy city cards to save money on attractions.
- For snacks and drinks @dailysuitcase says to shop at the local grocery store—plus it’s a great way to learn about the local culture.
- Online coupons and services like Groupon and LivingSocial are other great budget tips thanks to @HommilyInc.
What are some of your favorite cities around the world? Share them with us on Twitter @TripIt!