The purest way to discover a new city is running. Soaking in the city's vibe, the various smells and sounds. Join a social running group and chat with locals about their insider tips. What's the best restaurant? Where do I find the best ice cream? If you’re training for a major running event and don’t want to derail your hard work while you travel, simply want to stay fit while on the road, or lace up just for the love of it, running is the perfect way to discover your new destination.
#1 Act like a local
They say to really experience a city you have to live like a local. There's no better way than joining the local runner's along the promenade or through downtown exploring your destination. Ask your hotel concierge for a route or check our city running guides from local runners and discover the new city just as the locals do.
#2 DISCOVER MORE
Discovering a new city by running gives you the advantage to cover more ground in the same time compared to walking. Additionally, you're not dependent on buses or other public transport. Grab your camera and give it a go.
#3 AVOID THE CROWDS
Running keeps you away from crowded buses and trains and you also don't have to worry about traffic. Tip: Set your alarm early and get to the hot spots before the tourist crowds to secure a perfect photo without loads of people photo bombing it.
If you want to keep up your form anyway, don’t waste time in the hotel gym. Rather multitask and combine your training with a discovery run, especially if your short on time. Trust me, you won't even feel like working out.
#5 TAKE YOUR TIME
Take your time to take a break, observe and soak it all in. The sights, smells and sounds of this new city. Tip: Don't forget to make notes on an interesting art gallery or shop as you run past to visit later, or dive into a cute cafe for your post-run coffee or ice cream (you’re on vacation after all!). If you’re a runner at home, why would you not bring your kit of your adventures?
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