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Top tips on arriving in a new city

Given our shared history of travel, here at Obvlo we’ve been thinking about our top tips on arriving in a new city. Whilst arriving in a new city can often be daunting, especially if you are travelling on your own, it is so important to take advantage of what the city has to offer to fully immerse yourself into the local culture.

Check out Oblvo’s top tips for arriving in a new place.👇

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Keep a list of hidden gems.

When travelling somewhere new, there is always a good chance that you will know someone who has either been there, or even lived there before. This can be a great way to get some insight into a new place. Having a list of hidden gems of the city can be a great way to avoid any disappointed, and also save you relying on those google reviews. After all, you're always going to trust recommendations from friends or family than stranger, right?!

Hang with the locals.

Find a local bar and make friends with the locals. They’ll likely be able to give you some great insight into the do's and don’ts of the city, where to go, what to see, maybe even let you in on their favourite places to eat and drink. This can be key to avoiding the “…well, that was disappointing” after finding yourself in a tourist trap. Locals are incredibly proud of their city, so definitely tap into that.

Pre-book experiences.

After living during a time where booking was the only way to secure a visit, post covid has very much seen more and more people booking when they have a specific experience in mind. Places are almost sure to be fully booked if you try and get a walk in - unless you are extremely lucky of course. Whether you are looking to dine at a great restaurant, get a tee time at one of the top golf courses, or maybe even a volcano tour (hey - you never know), be sure to pre-book!

Plan ahead

This could be a combined fact that we plan and research city guides for a living or simply our inner control freak letting loose, but 100% plan ahead before setting off on your trip. There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere and having no idea what to do, where to go, eat, drink, anything, especially if you are only there for a flying visit. Don’t spend your weekend away looking for things to do, plan ahead!


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