Get Lost!

When you look inside a typical travel guide for the city of Edinburgh, you will likely find an extensive, albeit run-of-the-mill, list of places to visit and advice for how to plan out your days. Some guides will offer day-by-day plans to help you get the most out of shorter visits, while others will give […]

When you look inside a typical travel guide for the city of Edinburgh, you will likely find an extensive, albeit run-of-the-mill, list of places to visit and advice for how to plan out your days. Some guides will offer day-by-day plans to help you get the most out of shorter visits, while others will give broad descriptions of the city, offering general advice on which restaurants and pubs to visit and what attractions are most interesting.

They will likely include city maps, conversion charts for money and measurements, and a list of helpful telephone numbers. Many will be filled with picturesque scenes of the city and some might even include quotes from the locals about their opinions of various attractions. But what very few of them will include is this one, simple piece of advice: get lost. Perhaps this seems like a bad idea—why would a guide tell you to get lost in the city? Where would the good tourist be without a trusty city map to help them find their way? This kind of thinking gets tourists stuck in a rut. When you stick to the guides and visit only those places suggested in them, you miss out on the nooks and crannies of the city. You get the big picture—the Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat, the countless museums—but you miss the little things, which can be just as exciting. What those travel guides do not include are the little secret closes and courts, cafés tucked away in the winding alleyways, the antique shops and candy stores right around the corner from the big, gaudy tourist shops.

The best way to truly learn about the city and find your way around is to fold up the map, stuff your travel guide in your pocket, and just start walking. Edinburgh Castle is a great reference point in the city, easily seen from many of the steep hills and narrow ways, so it is fairly easy to take a leisurely stroll along side streets and still find your way back to your starting point. Begin at the Royal Mile and work your way out along the side streets, or maybe, instead of turning right every time you leave your hotel or hostel, turn left and see where it takes you. There is so much to see in the city that you will never find if you just play it safe and keep your nose buried in your map. Get out and get lost, because you never know what you might find right around the corner or over that next hill.

Curso/CTR Travel Writing Team Edinburgh
Sarah Schiavoni

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  1. Celia has added a suggestion, note on 13. May 2013 | Permalink

    hola collegues,
    nice one. see you soon in Madrid and Barcelona.
    cheers

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