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Wondering Wanderer: 7 Best Tips for Navigating New Cities

Wondering Wanderer: 7 Best Tips for Navigating New Cities

Every new setting is a marvelous adventure waiting to get explored. However, the unaccustomed sights and sounds on your incredulous journey can take some getting used to. There’s a lot for you to uncover on your next trip, from scoring beautiful city views and indulging in the famous local treats.

But first, it wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with a tiny land navigation hack course. Here are seven best for navigating new cities that can relieve stress.

Go On a Walking Tour

Understandably, many people avoid the walking tour and other excursions during their visit to a new city to avoid looking too “tourist-y.” But, sometimes, you might have to swallow your pride and take the tour.

It’s a great initial step. Group explorations offer you a chance to familiarize yourself with notable surroundings to condense your itinerary.

Rent a Car

If you plan to take the bus or other method of public transportation, remember always to carry cash. But if you want to rely on a rental, great—go for it! Having a credit card on hand is incredibly helpful, especially for those travel rewards.

Remember to always keep your phone on you. Install a few of the best navigation apps into your phone as a backup to your standard phone map service.

Choose a Landmark as Your Main Point

Even someone who is well-versed in directions can get lost. Avoid losing your way during your journey by selecting a well-known landmark in the area and identifying the side that leads home. Another tip is to take a photo of the landmark from where you’re standing so you can refer to it when you’re lost.

Take Plenty of Photos

It’s very helpful to have a photo log. When times get tough and service gets spotty, those stunning landscape and landmark snapshots serve as memories to lead the way home. So, use your camera to take pictures of street signs and other areas to create your virtual map.

You’ll be thankful you did if you find yourself at a wrong turn without a reliable way back.

Tackle a Section of City Each Day

Navigating a new city for the first time is very difficult. Choose a neighborhood that looks intriguing and explore it one area at a time. Doing so allows you to fully immerse yourself in the city’s neighborhoods and note significant attractions that contribute to its character.

Explore Hashtags on Social Media

If you’re unsure what new places to explore or restaurants to try, check locations on your social media through hashtags. Many travelers and bloggers use this resourceful tactic to see where crowds are going right in the moment. Who knows, you might find inspiration for your next post.

While being a wondering wanderer in a new place isn’t so bad, it helps a ton to know your way around unfamiliar territory. Now that you have these best tips for navigating new cities, you can make the most of your adventure while discovering your new favorite sights and tastes.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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