How to organize a city trip?

How to organize a city trip?

Preparing a trip is always the most difficult but also the most important part of the whole project. So think about it- what are you going to explore the city for? You are interested in culture? Architecture? History? Nature? Or maybe all at once? The easiest way is to limit yourself to one topic that fascinates you the most. Thanks to this, you will avoid confusion in your head, and focusing on a specific topic, will allow you to easily catch details unavailable to other people.

The subject of the trip

Let's deal with the topic we want to delve into. You are limited only by your imagination! Perhaps there are rumors of a lost treasure, probably hidden in your city? Or there are some legends related to the building or place? Play detective and find out, what's unknown!

During your walks, it is worth visiting the local library or the City Promotion Office, ask grandmothers, grandparents or teachers or a scout instructor- maybe they know something, what you missed and could be interesting? For my part, I can propose:

  • the trail of sculptures and monuments

  • fountains- you may be surprised how many secrets they hide!

  • what the tree saw- the story from the perspective of an old tree growing in a park or in the city center

  • famous residents, singers, painters etc..

  • the life of various animals living among people

As you can see, the topic can be very specific. To work, idea!

Research or searching for information

Without proper knowledge, the hike will be quite complicated. If you don't know what you are looking for, then you definitely won't find it. Take an hour or two to research. Let me give you an example:

Topic: The life of pigeons in the city.

What you need to find out?

  • What time is the breeding period of these birds??

  • How to distinguish male from female?

  • What do pigeon eggs look like and how long do the young hatch?

  • Where they live?

  • What they eat?

  • How many species are there?

  • Where and when is it best to look for them?

  • What problems do they have to face in their lives?

  • How long are they alive?

You can print out all this information or have it with you during your hike, in digital form. Take care- the more you know, the more complete the reconnaissance will be!

Completing cruise equipment

Like any true wanderer, you will need the appropriate equipment. I know from my experience, that the lack of one thing can contribute to considerable organizational problems, therefore, for a short hike, I suggest you take it:

  • comfortable footwear and clothes adapted to the weather

  • phone / camera

  • sheets / notebook

  • pen, pencil, sharpener and eraser

  • city ​​map in waterproof packaging

  • details about places of interest

  • a snack (on 2-3 hour-long hiking) or a modest meal (for longer exits)

Of course, it's not everything. Consider, won't you need, for example. first aid kits, dictaphone or binoculars.

Route planning


You have a topic, information and inventory. Now let's look at the hiking route. We will need a city map or a GPS. Many phones have a built-in map display application, therefore it will be the least of the problem. However, if you can't count on your phone, go to google maps, enter the name of your city, move closer to the area of ​​interest, take a screenshot (print screen), paste in a graphics editing program (even paint) and then print.

remember, that google maps have several display modes and you don't have to limit yourself to the inconvenient satellite view!


We come to the final point of preparation. Every trip is successful, when you come back from it safely. remember, to follow the rules of moving on the roads, do's and don'ts of entry!

  • Always have a cell phone handy. Remember the emergency numbers. Don't hesitate to call for help, when you notice a threat to life, something, what raises your suspicions or when you feel, that you are in danger.
    997 - Police
    998 - fire brigade
    999 - emergency medical Services
    112 - nationwide emergency number

  • Avoid dangerous places: abandoned buildings, construction sites, dark alleys. The no-entry signs are not decorative!

  • Try not to go far from home after dark.

  • Cross the road only in the designated areas, before looking around for an approaching vehicle.

  • If you are too young to wander alone, ask an adult (mom , dad, guardian) to accompany you.

  • Always let a family member know where you are going and when you will be back.

  • Take care of your things. Never take out your wallet when someone asks you to, keep it tucked away in a safe place at all times.

  • Do not enter someone else's property without your express and prior consent.

If you have carefully studied all of this, what has been written so far, then you are ready to go!