5 Types of Walking Tour to Take on Your Next Trip

An old American Indian proverb says, “Don’t judge your neighbor until you have walked two moons in his moccasins.” Keep that in mind the next time you plan a trip: the best way to get to know a city’s heart and soul is by taking a walking tour of its literary traditions, cuisine, street art, and pub scene. And no, you don’t have to devote two moons to the endeavor, especially if you start by planning your tour using Inspirock’s free itinerary generator.

1. Free General Walking Tour

Tourist rush by: Dalibor Tomic (CC)
Tourist rush by: Dalibor Tomic (CC)

A great tour doesn’t have to cost a lot—in fact, it doesn’t have to cost a thing! Most big cities offer general walking excursions free of charge in an effort to keep tourists entertained, educated, and excited during their visit. A great walking tour of San Francisco reveals the city’s history-steeped neighborhoods, hidden architectural gems, charming restaurants, and secret stories of local heroes and villains. Remember to wear really comfortable shoes, and tip your guide to show your appreciation for a job well done.

2. Street Art Walking Tour

Melbourne street art by: Julian Holthaus (CC)
Melbourne street art by: Julian Holthaus (CC)

Everyone who hates standing in long museum lines waiting to catch a glimpse of that one masterpiece you’ve already seen a thousand times on TV and in books, please raise your hand. Just as I suspected—most of you! If don’t want to spend half your vacation waiting to get into an indoor attraction, take a guided street art walking tour of Melbourne. It’s a great way to see works by some of the world’s most radical artists without setting foot into a stuffy institution with old-fashioned exhibits you can’t touch or press your nose against. Plus, you’ll get to take as many photos as you want and learn the history behind painted industrial walls, buildings, and lanes.

3. Culinary Walking Tour

Wine and cuisine by: Kelowna09 (CC)
Wine and cuisine by: Kelowna09 (CC)

It’s said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Similarly, the easiest way to get to know the essence of a city is by walking through some of its most savory neighborhoods. Take a food-related walking tour of Singapore to discover a vibrant city filled with trendy restaurants, cozy cafes, and outdoor markets, all reflecting its multicultural makeup. Gastronomic tours not only let you eat like a local, but also provide you with countless culinary tips to take back home. You’ll start as a visitor, but leave as a better cook.

4. Literary Walking Tour

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen by: Charlotta Wasteson (CC)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen by: Charlotta Wasteson (CC)

If you think nothing can ever be as absorbing as a good book, try taking a walk through a city’s literary tradition. Pay homage to your favorite writers or characters by following in their real or imaginary footsteps. A walking tour of Bath, for instance, gets you acquainted with the charming city that Jane Austen called home and used as the setting for Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

5. Pub Crawl

Cerveceria Alemana by: Angel (CC)
Cerveceria Alemana by: Angel (CC)

Believe it or not, this works really well with #4 on our list. How? Take a guided walking tour of Dublin and you’ll discover many pubs once frequented by W.B. Yeats, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett, and, of course, James Joyce. Drinking holes traditionally drew creative minds and fueled their imagination, so it’s no wonder pubs often took starring roles in many bestselling novels. Just think of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn or Cerveceria Alemana from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. The latter has been one of Madrid’s top beer halls since its opening in 1904—it’s a real place, go see it!

Walk to Remember

If you really want to remember the impressions a city or a region leaves on you, walk through its neighborhoods, shop at its markets, drink at its pubs, eat at its restaurants, and follow in the footsteps of its historical figures. As you go, snap photos and write down brief notes, and take a little time to talk to the locals—making friends happens faster on foot. Live your dreams and start your next walking adventure with Inspirock’s free trip planner.

Tamara

Tamara

Educated in Chicago and based in Serbia, Tamara travels with passion and believes that one written word can be worth at least a thousand pictures. When she's not conquering the world one blog post at a time, she likes to eat pizza and take long naps--preferably at the same time.
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