Maybe you like living on the edge, or you want to be completely surprised by the city you’re going to by not preparing yourself for it. Whatever your excuse is for not reading information brochures or city guides is, it had better be good, because it’s not wise to do that. When it comes to travelling, proper planning and research go a long way in making your trip more enjoyable and stress-free. Here are reasons why it’s so important to do so!
You’re Prepared For What’s To Come
Every city is built differently. You’ll be surprised to see how vastly different they can be too. A few examples; some cities rely on bicycles for most of their transportation, others use jeeps, while the rest go for trains and buses. You’ll be at a loss of what means of transportation to expect, where to find them, how to get around, and how much you’ll pay for them if you don’t check first using a city guide.
Less Likely To Get Lost
Information brochures are going to be good pals of yours if you want to avoid going around in circles looking for a place. Not only that, but if you need something, good information brochures are likely to give you places where you can find them! Name it: known tourist spots, bistros, bathroom stops, museums, hotels, you’ve got it all in that handy little brochure.
Getting an overview of the city you’re about to visit (or are visiting) will also help you have an idea of how to get around from point A to point B. A glimpse of the area of the map around the place where you’re staying will familiarize you with streets that can signal you’re getting warmer to your home base in case you get lose. That’s better than not knowing anything at all!
A General Idea Of The City
As aforementioned, each city is different, and has its own specialties. New Delhi has a lot of specialty spices to offer, whereas Tokyo has technology, sushi, and all kinds of brand merchandise. Reading up a bit of the history of each city will let you understand how the city developed to become the way it is, and you’ll end up appreciating what you see more because of your stock knowledge of it. Little trivia and tidbits you’ll pick up from city guides and information brochures will help endear you to the city and let you fall in love with it a little more.
Discover Secret Spots
Okay, so perhaps it isn’t so much of a secret. But you must admit you wouldn’t have known about it if you hadn’t pried open that city guide or information brochure. Only the best of the best usually make it to these pamphlets, carefully chosen by people who are in love with the city themselves. Had the best pasta of your life in that hidden restaurant in Italy? You just might have walked ahead of it if you hadn’t read about it in your city guide!