Are you in a city and not sure what to do? We have made a list of the top 40 cheap (or free) things to do in a city, especially if you are travelling solo! So enjoy!
Pretend you have one day to see every street in the city. Now go!
Bored and want to find other tourists? Find a hotel with a hotel bar. It'll be expensive, but you will not be the only foreigner there.
Get out of the city and explore nature! Find some national parks, mountains or other beautiful scenery to spend an afternoon in.
Use your legs to see the city! Take note of the streets, signs, people, smells and everything else that you pass.
Obviously be safe, but try chatting to some local strangers. You never know who you will meet.
Find a traditional indoor market (often they are easier to find on a Sunday). Try some local food, see what the locals get up to!
They can be found in almost any large city with lots of tourists. They will entertain you for a couple of hours, you get to see the main hotspots of the city and you will learn a thing or two! Although it is free, you should tip at the end of it!
Got some work or studying that needs doing? Find somewhere quiet and spend the day doing it!
Most countries have a national liquor. Try a shot! But be careful - they can often be very strong (and not tasty!)
If you have been travelling for a while, it could be a perfect time to Skype (or Facetime) your friends and family back home.
Try and spend the day exploring the city without using your phone! No GPS, no Facebook, nothing!
Hire a bike and go for a ride around town. Some cities are much better suited for this!
See what the local cinemas are showing. You might get lucky and be able to see a film in English (or with English subtitles).
Find out what the local traditional breakfast is and order it in a cafe or restaurant. See if you like it!
If you like animals, get some bread and feed some birds. Or maybe get some nuts to feed squirrels.
Find a nice bench, sit, relax and people watch for a while.
Learn how to say 'please', 'thank you', 'I would like to buy a ...' and other basic phrases. Now go and try to use them!
Churches and other religious places are often quite impressive buildings. Go and check them out!
Got your running shoes with you? Wake up early and go for a run. It is a fast way to see the city!
British? Find a British Fish and Chip restaurant. Italian? Try and find a nice Pizza place. Check it out, complain silently and tell your friends back home how it doesn't compare!
(Almost) every country has their own beer specialities. See what they are like there! You might fall in love with it and have a new favourite beer!
Most big cities will have street performers. They might range from a homeless guy with a flute, to groups doing full performances. Find them and watch them! Just be careful of pickpocketers.
It might seem a bit silly, but some McDonald's have almost completely different menus. For example, in the Philippines, you can get a 'McSpaghetti' dish! Check them out!
Find the local shopping district (or large shopping mall) and go shopping like a local.
It might seem a bit daunting (or a bit boring!), but some cities have fascinating public transport - such as in Indonesia.
If you are in a small city with a 'center' where all the tourists go, try going a bit further out. Go where the locals go!
Go and get some locally produced food, and create a lunch or dinner meal out of it!
Fancy being a bit more sociable? Seeing as it is 2017, you could check out Tinder or other dating apps and see if you get a match. Go on a date!
Most cities have sports bars - go and find one (especially if a bit match is on). See what the atmosphere is like, and enjoy a game!
Do you like antique stores (or second-hand stores)? Find one and have a nose!
Every country has their own version of what makes a nice sweet (candy). Go and buy some in a shop. They make great gifts too, if you can find something weird and tasty!
Like to have a beer or two? Then find an organised pub crawl. If you can't find one, try contacting some hostels - they will often organise pub crawls that you can pay to join.
Tourist traps are popular for a reason! Go and check them out!
Sites like MeetUp have lots of events organised. Use it!
Are you the only foreigner there? Or is this a city with people from all countries of the world?
Couchsurfing isn't used just to find a free sofa to sleep on. There are almost always regular large meet ups (or people wanting to meet up in smaller groups) in big cities. Use it to meet other locals and tourists.
If the sun is out, go and relax in a park!
Go and spend a day at the museums! See what the best ones are in the city and check them out.
Find a huge tower, hill or mound and see if you can get a great view of the city from there.
Find a list of the top 10 things to do in the city and do every one of them!
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