The new year is almost upon us. Most of you would like to enjoy the last few days of the year with your friends and family. If you are planning to do something different this year, now is the time to start thinking about travelling to a unique location. Popular tourist places will be jam-packed so it's better to go off to an offbeat location and celebrate 2017 with your near and dear ones.
However, exploring an offbeat location will be different from roaming around a popular tourist city or town. It will not have the familiar throng of crowd nor would it be bustling with tourist-friendly hotels and guides. So, when you are finally there, here are some of the ways you can explore the place.
Talk to a Local
If you are staying at a hotel or a homestay, try stirring up a chat with the manager of the place. You could also walk around the place for some time and talk to a few locals. Ask them about the best parts of their city and how you can go sightseeing. This way, you will get to know more about the place than any book will ever tell you.
Indulge in the Place's Regional Cuisine
No trip is complete without tasting the local delicacies of the place. So, while you are talking to the locals, ask them where you can gorge some of the authentic dishes of the region. They will be able to point you to some unconventional places that serve the best food in town. Check out these places and dig into some local dishes.
Check out the Museum
If you want to know about the history of a place, the you should pay a visit to the museum. These places store archaeological artefacts, paintings, and other things of historical importance. Taking a walk around the museum will help you know the place you are visiting even more. Some museums will also let you buy souvenirs that you can take back home for your friends and family.
Rent a Car or a Cycle
Having your own vehicle has its advantages. You will be able to go around the place for as long as you want. You will also be able to explore the city at your own pace. However, when you are renting a vehicle, make sure that the GPS is working fine or you at least have a map with you. This way, you will not get lost in a new place.
These are some of the ways in which you can explore an offbeat destination. If you are travelling on a budget, book the cheapest airline tickets and accommodation as early as possible.