A Few Left-field Ways To Have Fun When You Visit A New City

by | Jun 9, 2020 | Travel

Visiting a new city is a great experience – you see some new sights, go to some interesting places, and have lots of fun. 


While there are some things you have to do (you can’t very well miss the Eiffel Tower if you go to Paris) there are plenty of fun activities you might not have considered. 


I’ve listed three great ones, explaining why you should do them and how to prepare for them before you visit your next new city. 

Visit a casino 

Casinos are places where you can gamble, watch some sports, and perhaps win some cash. They come in various shapes and shades, but one thing will always be the same whichever one you go to – there will be plenty of opportunities to have some leftfield fun. 


Meeting locals is one of the main attractions of going to a new city – you experience new people, new ways of life, and new approaches to doing things. Casinos are packed with locals, giving you ample opportunity to have some great new experiences. 


My recommendation is that you test your gambling skills before you step into a casino – it could turn into an expensive evening if you don’t! 


Online casinos are a great way to practice before visiting a land one. OnlineCasinos.co.uk features reviews of the most respected sites, giving you plenty of choices for places that you can practice your poker, blackjack, or roulette game before your trip.

Go to a music festival 

Music festivals have come a long way since the Monterey International Pop Festival introduced the concept to audiences in 1967. Now they’re something that you could find and enjoy all across the globe, with many cities offering their own festivals. 


Perhaps the best thing about music festivals is that they go way beyond good tunes – they’re a cultural melting point that brings together music, drink, food, crafts, art, theatre, people, and lots, lots more.


My suggestion is that you spend some time researching the city you’re heading to before you set off – some cities, such as Novi Sad, have large, annual festivals that bring together thousands of people and artists. 


Once you’ve made your choice, it’s then a simple matter of heading to Spotify and gorging your ears on the artists you’re going to see. 

Try out the dirty food places 

What do I mean when I say ‘dirty food places’? I’ll start by what I’m not talking about – questionable joints with hairy hamburgers and floors that double as racing tracks for rats. What I’m suggesting is that you sample the local street food, fast food, and stands in parks. 


Now, I’m not saying you avoid nice restaurants completely – after all, they’re the residents’ nice thing to do on a nice evening. But the dirty food places are where they eat on a day to day basis and this makes them a great way to appreciate the local culture. 


My advice is that you research the local cuisine of the city/country you’re visiting, so you know what dirty food to look out for – for example, if you’re heading to Québec City then you need to have poutine on your menu. 


Once you know what food you need to eat, head over to TripAdvisor and use Reddit to find out what the best places are to get your dirty food fix.


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Heading to a casino, going to a festival, and eating dirty food might not be the first things on your list when you visit a new city. 


However, doing all these things won’t only make your trip more fun, it’ll also help you make a better connection with its culture. 


So, take the tips I’ve given you in this article and do what you need to before you have your next city escape.

Downtown Magazine