How not to mingle with the crowd, enjoying the journey: lifehacks for the tourist
Probably every tourist who found himself in a dense “human traffic jam” on the streets of Prague, Barcelona or Paris could appreciate the dislike for “the growth of international tourist traffic” experienced by local residents. Alas, the beautiful tourism industry has its own difficulties, and many cities from the “see and die” category complain about the “overcrowding” of guests. TURPROM presents several life hacks for tourists – how to see all the main sights of the world, avoiding the crowd.
Firstly, it is better to think about any problem ahead of time, preferably at the planning stage of the trip. The desire to relax in July-August on Spanish beaches or drink mulled wine in the Czech Republic for Christmas is completely legal. But then you have to immediately take into account the possible inconvenience. There are traditional high seasons, when even without that a considerable number of tourists in popular cities grows many times (and prices together with the volume of tourist traffic). In Russia, this is primarily New Year holidays, May holidays and August. On the popular beaches of the Mediterranean – the period of July-August, when the majority of Europeans go on vacation “lawfully”, and in European cities – the period of the Catholic Christmas. In the countries of Southeast Asia, the tourist risks a lot of new and uninteresting to learn about the crowd, hitting the celebration of the Chinese New Year (the dates of the holiday are determined by the lunar calendar, but usually they fall in February). However, in some cases, the troubles are compensated by pleasant bonuses – the arrival of crowds of tourists “pulls up” and a lot of additional entertainment for them.
In general, data on holidays is publicly available, Google knows them – and continue to choose the tourist, which he likes more: a “movement” or a rest, not constrained by movements in endless crowds.
Next, we present the basic life hacking “in detail”.
The most obvious recommendation lies on the surface: rest at the very beginning and at the very end of the main season. We will, however, make some changes to it: in late April – early May, at the popular resorts of the Mediterranean Sea, and especially the Black Sea, the temperature of the water will suit only very hardened and missed tourists. But in the “velvet” season, the water cools down more slowly, remaining comfortable until October. In addition, autumn is the most delicious gastronomically season in most Mediterranean countries. As for distant countries, here it is necessary to carefully study the weather. The “off-season” framework is often shifted there, and going to distant lands and “sunbathing” during the rainy season and strong waves is also not an option.
Note that the time circumstance may be more local – waking up “by the sun” at five in the morning, for example, in Vietnamese Nha Trang, you will see a relatively deserted central beach, slightly “diluted” by the locals. And you will have time to get your dose of ultraviolet and sea waves before the arrival of crowds of Chinese with selfie sticks. Well, “who gets up early – he will take a lounger in a trumped place” – a rule known, probably, to all the beach-goers without exception.
In addition, there is also the circumstance of the place. It helps not only in the case of crowds on the beach, but also in the vagaries of the waves and currents: if you become a rare tourist, detached from a private beach, you can, for example, take a boat to the more deserted and picturesque shores in the vicinity. The degree of their comfort, of course, is different, but here the choice is a tourist.
Global and local seasonality works similarly in cities. Practice shows – you can take a picture of St. Mark’s Square in Venice almost without a single tourist, if the action takes place in the early morning in November-December. However, such a photo session can be complemented by a flood, but in the end, this adventure will be remembered for a long time. And even anyone who left the Moskovsky railway station in St. Petersburg at six in the morning is able to appreciate the global difference in the fullness of Nevsky Prospect.
The most low season in European cities, for example, is the period from January to March – this is not the most comfortable weather, etc. However, it should be noted that it is this season that private guides often call their favorite time, which, after the Christmas “zaparki”, can finally calmly move along the “exclusive” routes of enthusiastic tourists.
A similar rule works in relation to the place of travel. Globally, there is a high probability that a tourist tour of Bordeaux will be remembered by the tourist somewhat better and more positively than the crush at the Eiffel Tower among Arabs, including a lot of pickpockets and fraudsters. Yes, and boast “non-mass route” is a kind of trend. In local terms, even in the most miserable period, like Christmas, the main action takes place only in the central streets and squares, and turning right around the corner, you find yourself in a deserted and peaceful world.