Getting to Know Your New City

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There is no single answer for the best way to get to know your new city, just many suggestions and online findings. If you do a basic Google search you will get some predictable results – the wiki page, the current news, trip advisor, and more travel related links. Wikipedia is a good place to start for basic information (as with most topics) and wikitravel is surprisingly comprehensive. You can buy a country or city guide, with Lonely Planet being the most popular, or you can just check out their website – they also feature a useful forum.

Another great forum, travel community (and much more) is couchsurfing. You can find other travellers, expats and locals who are looking for new friends to check out local happenings.

A great city guide for events is Time Out and a more adventure travel oriented one is National Geographic.

There have also been some shifts away from the giants of travel (like Lonely Planet) to ‘local’ guides, because nobody wants to fall into the tourist trap, right? Like a Local, Spotted by Locals, and With Locals (not free) are some examples.

Or, you can find personal blogs. Sure, blogs can be incredibly subjective but don’t discount them because they can offer some great insights into specific details that websites might not include. Reading a good blog can be a vicarious experience. You can just Google ‘city name + blogs’ or you can use Technorati, a blog database, to find what you’re looking for.

But most importantly, when you’re in your new city, get out there are EXPLORE!

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Los Angeles, USA

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Lisbon, Portugal

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Timisoara, Romania

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Melbourne, Australia

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Seoul, South Korea

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Shanghai, China

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4 thoughts on “Getting to Know Your New City

    • You know, they’re all special to me in some way. LA is this beautiful urban jungle and everyone that I’ve met who lives in the area has been super friendly which is the opposite of what I initially expected. Lisbon has one of the most beautiful old towns that I’ve ever seen, Timisoara is a vibrant student city and it’s close to where I was born and grew up in Romania, Seoul literally doesn’t sleep but also manages to be the safest city that I’ve experienced, Shanghai is a new adventure around every corner…but Melbourne is the most livable for me, it’s got everything – amazing restaurants, tons of live music and eclectic nightlife, accessible public transit, great weather (vs. Canada), really friendly people etc..Thanks for the question, answering it brought back some nice memories.

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