Whilst it may seem easy to tackle sightseeing in a foreign city all on your own, we highly recommend discovering a city’s hotspots with a friendly local. There are so many perks to travelling with a local expert, but here are just a few of our favourites…
Track down a city’s hidden gems
If you’re going to New York, you won’t miss out on admiring the Empire State Building, just like you wouldn’t skip the Colosseum if you’re visiting Rome. As much as we love exploring the city’s most famous landmarks, we also love to get off the beaten path and discover the hidden gems that the city has to offer. There’s simply no better way to track down those unique sights than with the help of your trusty local. Let’s say you’re visiting Rome and want to do just that, you can join a city tour and immerse yourself in the hidden hotspots including Trastevere, where your taste buds will tingle, and Aventine Hill, one of seven hills that is steeped in Roman history. Plus, it’s always nice to take a break and escape the crowds!
Indulge at the best bars and restaurants
We’re all too familiar with surfing through TripAdvisor’s countless reviews for a city’s finest bars and restaurants. Save yourself the time and hassle, and take full advantage of your local’s knowledge and expertise instead. Ask them for their recommendations – suggest your favourite cuisine, style of food or even your preferred ambience – and let them do the rest! Sometimes the best places to eat and drink are those family-run establishments outside of the crowded areas, and believe it or not, they remain relatively undiscovered by tourists!
Discover the most ‘instagrammable’ spots
Let’s face it, there’s plenty of us that love a unique backdrop or quirky venue to separate our Instagram pages from the rest! Tap into your local experts’ own experience and start venturing to the most picturesque spots that the city has to offer. A top tip from us if you’re visiting London, hop-off your sightseeing tour and grab a selfie at Coppa Club with the iconic Tower Bridge as your backdrop! You can thank us later…
Learn the local language
Whilst this varies across the world, you’ll find that the majority of sightseeing tours aren’t operated in the city’s first language. If you’re travelling with a local, why not take advantage of broadening your linguistic abilities, and learn some of the city’s local phrases! Discover how you can say please, thank you, or even how to order your favourite martini from the bar! It’s always refreshing to leave a new city with some of the local language under your belt.
Benefit from local help and advice
If you’re visiting a new city, it can be pretty daunting having to figure out where the nearest currency exchange is, how to call the local taxi firm, or even how to book a transfer back to the airport. As you’re enjoying your tour with your local expert, don’t hesitate to ask them for some of their most useful local tips. If you’re visiting the likes of Bangkok for example and need some help dodging the dreaded gridlock, our local experts are on hand to help you with transport advice!