3 (Free!) Things You Should Do in Any New City

Bushart Gardens in Vancouver, Canada.
Bushart Gardens in Vancouver, Canada. Photo by Jan Canty on Unsplash

If you’re a budget-friendly traveler, you’re probably always on the lookout for ways to get to know a new city for as little money as possible. So what if we told you there are a few things you can do anywhere to get in touch with the atmosphere of a new city—for absolutely free?

Take a Free Walking Tour

One of the most effective ways to see as many sights as possible in a short time and without breaking the bank is to go on a free walking tour. Nearly every city you visit will have one, and they all have the same format. You sign up, meet a tour group someplace public, and a guide takes you through as many as 15 landmarks all in a few hours. And it’s absolutely free. You won’t be able to spend much time in any one place, but you’ll get a feel for the city and figure out which sights you’ll want to come back to. (Just be prepared to tip your tour guide.)

Go to a Market

Want to get a feel for the tastes, scents, culture, and people of a new city? Pop by a market. These will be full of local color. You can get souvenirs, fresh foods, and maybe even some free samples. You’ll also be able to meet locals to ask for recommendations, or just to hang out with—as markets are generally full of people.

Go to a Park

Now that you’ve gotten yourself a baguette or whatever at your local market, where should you take it? Why, to a park, of course! Like markets, they’re free and full of locals, sometimes even having free concerts to listen to while you lounge. It’s a great, relaxing thing to do when you’re in a new city and, did we mention it’s free?