Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Buses and Bikes
As the song goes, I've been around the world a couple of times or maybe more and by being in a number of sticky situations there are some important lessons I've learnt but, specifically for travelling there is less wisdom to impart.
For those who, like me, are geographically challenged the most important thing you can do it stay on the street. Do not be tempted to go underground and use a train system. Stay above ground and walk, cycle or bus your way around everywhere. This the very best way to get to know the lay of the land and navigate a new city more effectively.
A travel experience is not just about the landmarks you see, the meals you eat or the mementos you buy. It is about what strikes you about a city, where things are, how they interconnect, how the homes and buildings are similar and different to that of your own city.
A supermarket is the greatest place to visit and the first thing I do when I go anywhere. It tells you how people live by what they consume daily. It is the best sociological indicator we have today.
In order to get around in a city catch buses, walk or cycle. The bus is usually the cheapest option for transport and many cities now have bike hiring schemes for visitors. As a tourist you have all the time in the world so take it and look around as you travel.