Dear Note Blair,
While visiting another city or country Im a kinda person who makes a list of all the places I would like to visit. making the list keeps you organized and will most likely not let you miss on anything. When visiting a place that has so much to offer it can become overwhelming and confusing figuring out the time and the cost. Making a list and scheduling in advance will help you save time and also you can check off your bucket list easier!
Before you go my best suggestion will be to do your research…Know what are you interested in seeing and make a list! even if it is as little as having a coffee at a specific cafe. If you are crazy like me I even organize my days! yes that crazy! It just helps me visit all the places that I had in mind and sticking to my plan makes me feel accomplished! After making the list then I will schedule my days accordingly. I usually plan my day in three sections. Morning, afternoon and night. doing your research about the places you want to visit will allow you to also know what time of the day is the best time to visit so you can fill your days according that information.
I would suggest to buy all ticket you might need in advance. that will help you save time and money. Buying tickets online from websites like Expedia or Tripadvisor is much cheaper than buying tickets upon entrance. Also in some cases if you bought your ticket in advance you have an easy access or a vip entrance option which will help you save a lot of time.
Transportation is another time consuming and also somehow expensive part of traveling. I would suggest staying at a hotel that is near to the most of the places you want to visit. there are some apps like Waze that are free and when entreating your destination if gives you the time and the cost of all the ways you can get to your destination.
If you are traveling to a foreign country I would suggest exchanging your money at the destination county. the value is bette and they don’t charge exchange fee as much as the banks do. and if you keep you receipt you can return the money with the same value that you bought upon leaving the country if you haven’t used all the cash you bought. If you don’t carry cash with you most credit cards charge only 3% when being used outside of the country.
July 20 2016