Hop On/Hop Off Bus Tour
Let’s be clear: Sightseeing bus tours are the best way to travel and explore a city. You can hop on, hop off at multiple tourist spots spread out across town. Plus, they’re usually open deck, provide audio guides that can educate riders on popular spots around town, and even offer packaged deals.
In Dubai, I paid for a Big Bus Tour deluxe ticket that supplied a night tour of the city, access to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Marina and Lagoon boat cruise, and desert sunset tour. That would have cost a fortune on my own.
Bus tours are an excellent way to explore the landscape and culture.
They’re usually housed in the tallest buildings in town or perched on some mountainside. I’ve been to the top of Burj Khalifa—the tallest building in the world—Shanghai Tower, Taipei 101, Sydney Tower, and Tokyo Skytree, just to name a few. I’m all about experiencing the layouts of cities—the architecture, roads, commercial business districts, harbours, etc, and observation decks provide the best vantage points. Oh, and let’s not forget that they’re thrilling as hell. Getting too high can be scary!
Eat Local Foods
I’m like most people: I just love good food. In China, I’d eat hotpot. Across most of Southeast Asia, I’d munch on local street snacks at night markets. If I ever go to Philly, USA, you’d better believe I’m scarfing down a cheesesteak. Or New Zealand? Yeah, I’m getting fish and chips. Live the culture, taste the culture!
Go on a Cruise
I’ll take anything from a 2-hour cruise to a 10-minute ferryboat ride. And aside from taking in the scenery? Hey, it’s just a kick ass way to m-o-t-h-e-r-f-*-*k-i-n-g c-h-i-l-l! Nough’ said.
When it comes to travel, exploring landmarks is #1 in my book. They represent everything from local art, traditions, and religious practices, to architecture, technology, and topography in the region. I’ll go so far as to build my whole trip just around seeing them!
Visit a Museum
But let’s say I’m in Osaka, Japan, and there’s this museum displaying the history of Ramen Cup of Noodles, from its founding to present day. And inside they even give you the chance to design your own cup and create your own noodle mixture. Now that sounds fun!
See a Local Show
Turns out, there were shows for the Beijing Opera and Chinese Kung Fu. They were historical, cultural, entertaining, and best of all, budget friendly. Forget the bar routine, why not learn and experience something new?