I have this fear. I am sat on the plane leaving a city. I read one of the in flight magazines about the place I have just left, and see a picture of something i didn't see!!
Can you please help with the following destinations - list a few things 'not to miss'.
Please help with my rediculous fear.
I understand that fear. I will try and help with a few of the cities, but sadly I have found that no matter how prepared you are, you end up missing something of interest.
I'll start with my hometown of TORONTO
The obvious tour attractions are:
CN Tower - world's tallest free-standing structure - go up and stand on the glass floor and look at how high up you are. Freaky. Big tall building, hard to miss.
Hockey Hall of Fame - Shine to the best of Canada's favorite sport. In BCE place.
Chinatown - along Spadina. Crazy markets and cheap, good food.
Little Italy - along College street - great bars and restaurants. If you like lounges and comfortable bars, hang out here.
Club District - if you like fancy clubs and dancing, hang out here - Along Richmond street mostly.
Neighbourhoods of interst - Kensington Market and Little India are my favorite. Check out this post and the advise that kyk gives.
If the weather is nice, the Toronto Islands are worth checking out to rollerblade, cycle or just walk. There's a nude beach there, if you are so inclined.
Casa Loma (Dupont subway stop) is interesting if you like old houses. Less well known, but everyone who has gone has really liked the Bata Shoe Museum at Bloor and Spadina. Other museums of interest are clumped around the Museum subway stop, including the Royal Ontario Musuem. If you like art, check out the Art Gallery of Ontario on Dundas.
Honestly, those "must sees" rarely live up to your expectations. You've seen so many pictures of them that once you get there, it's not a huge deal. Plus, there can be so many other tourists, that you're not really experiencing the real culture of a place. I'm not saying don't go see some of these things, just make sure you leave some time for other random things.
Some of the best things are the ones that you were never planning to see/do. A little cafe, a good restaurant, a local market, or a nice secluded spot to watch an amazing sunset.
Well that depends what you are into... I am from Melbourne and one thing I wouldnt' miss while your here is Revolver on a Sunday afternoon!
It depends what sort of things you like...Im very much into my architecture and thought that Dunedin in NZ was superb, but met other travellers who thought it was a dive.
I met people in New York who were raving on about the Musicals and shows on at the theatre, but I prefer to go with my Dad, so I went on the Classic Tour of New York for $77, which did everything I wanted to see.
There will always be things you dont see that others do, there will be people who experience the same things you did, yet get a completely different emotion from it than you...you must have known what types of things you wanted from each country before you booked them, go with the original plan, its less stressful than beating yourself up about what another has said.
Make your own decisions, its the best part of travelling alone!
One man's "must see" is another man's bore-fest, so its kind of difficult to come up with a definitive list for any particular location. Take Sydney for example; the standard checklist is Opera House, Harbour Bridge walk, Bondi, Mrs McQuarrie's Seat etc. Now, obviously the Harbour is a must-see (it would be rather difficult to avoid ) as its one of the best city views in the world. But Bondi? I thought it was a dump, and there are far nicer places like Manly to visit, but you'll probably still want to see Bondi just to say you have...
In other places like New York or Hong Kong it comes entirely down to what you're into; you kind of have to go up the Empire State Building and visit Times Square, but I'd find an afternoon in MOMA and an evening at a Yankees game more interesting.
Maybe if you gave us an idea of what interests you it would be easier to come up with a list; I've been to 7 of the places on your list more than once, so it shouldn't be too difficult.