Insider Travel Hacks For Exploring World’s Top Attractions

Insider Travel Hacks For Exploring World’s Top Attractions

Don’t let long lines, camera-wielding crowds, or exorbitant ticket prices deter you from seeing some of the world’s most iconic attractions. From hidden entrances and discount cards to deliberately timing your arrival, there are many ways to plan your visit and get the most out of these historic sites. Here are a few travel tips for seeing the world’s most famous sights.

Grand Canal, Venice, Iᴛᴀʟʏ

Sure, it’s kitschy, but riding a gondala down the Grand Canal is a must-do. There’s no better way to experience Venetian life than from the river, after all. However, instead of paying a doge’s ransom, you can take one of the traghetto (big gondolas) for only €2. Between the train station and St Mark’s Basin, the traghetto crosses the canal seven times. If you stand up, you’ll mix in perfectly with the natives.

Machu Picchu, Pᴇʀᴜ

Don’t let the masses spoil your visit to this breathtaking location. Instead, arrive early – the first train leaves at 5.30 a.m., so be sure to catch it. You might even splurge on a night at the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, which is located directly next to the ruins and allows you to visit the old city at off-peak hours. Climb Huayna Picchu, a small mountain behind the ruins, for spectacular views of Machu Picchu sans the crowds.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, Sᴏᴜᴛʜ Aғʀɪᴄᴀ

Ascending this natural icon is a must-do in Cape Town, but taking the cable car to the top can mean squeezing in with the crowds for the finest view. Consider walking up from Kirstenbosch Gardens for a more intimate encounter. The hike will take you around four hours, and it will be tough at times, but the reward will be relative tranquility and spectacular vistas along the route.

Sugarloaf mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Bʀᴀᴢɪʟ

Leave the lines behind and take the trail that runs up the back of Sugarloaf Mountain instead of waiting in line for the crowded cable car. From the parking park, where the cable car’s first leg begins, a picturesque route leads to the cable car’s second leg. For spectacular views of the picturesque city, follow walkers and joggers along the trail. There’s a small portion that requires some rock scrambling, but you’ll be rewarded with even more spectacular vistas after that.

Tower of London, London, England

This gruesome prison is a must-see in London, but the lines can make you want to slit your own throat. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually quieter, and you can avoid some of the crowds by arriving before 9 a.m. — many tourists prefer to travel after 9.30 a.m., when tube transport is less expensive. Purchasing tickets online is also significantly less expensive. Do you want some insider knowledge? Instead than buying the guidebook, take one of the Beefeaters’ free hour-long tours. Every 30 minutes, they depart from the main door.

Statue of Liberty, New York, USA

Book boat tickets to Liberty Island in advance online to avoid lines, especially if you wish to reach Lady Liberty’s crown. Although access is limited, those who are organized are rewarded with amazing city views after climbing the 363 steps. Allow yourself a full day to explore this New York landmark and the interesting Ellis Island. Take a picnic with you and keep an eye out for the free and interesting ranger-led tours on Liberty Island.

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