You have decided your next destination and booked everything. Now you are ready to go. Actually, not yet. You need to take care of a few things before you travel.
1.Learn a few local words
Words like entschuldigung (sorry in German), euxaristo (thank you in Greek), Buon Giorno (goodmorning in Italian), or hola (hi in Spanish) will always be appreciated by the locals. Especially in some German cities in Bavaria, you will not find many people who speak English, so it’s good to know a few basics.
Always check the currency before you visit a new country. Find out if you will benefit from exchanging money in your country or in the one you visit. Also, check with your banks (if you have many), to see in which one a transaction like that will benefit you most. Remember that currency rates change quite often, so be sure to get the best deal.
3.Walk or bike to explore
The best thing you can do is stay close to the city centre of the city you visit. That will minimise your transportation costs and in the process, you will get to see some amazing places, you definitely wouldn’t if you used the metro.
4.Order local specialities
When visiting a restaurant, try the local food. First, you will try this culture’s food and second you will pay way less money. Besides, if you visit a new country and you keep on only eating from well known fast food chains or you always order chicken, then you miss the point of experiencing in whole a city’s identity.
5.Leave the tourist zone
Of course, at first you will visit all the known sights, but after that, try to get away from the tourist zone. It will be less crowded, less expensive and with beautiful cultural sights and buildings as well.