Social media is filled with inspirational quotes about the joy of getting lost in a new city and the unique experience of finding yourself. While it is true, to some extent, that traveling without a map can be equally exciting and rewarding, getting lost, for good, is an entirely different story, and it’s far from being inspiring.
Hence, there’s a significant difference between purposely discovering a new city, and being clueless about how to arrive at your accommodation or any other place. What can you do when you don’t know the language, and you’ve reached a neighborhood that isn’t that populated? Avoid such a scenario by considering our tips.
- Turn to technology
The GPS on your phone is one of the most helpful tools you could turn to when you suspect you’re lost in Zurich. Just enter the place you want to reach, and follow the directions. While, now and then, the GPS doesn’t function when it comes to remote locations, in most scenarios it is accurate. Also, remember that your GPS doesn’t work unless you have an internet connection. Hence, ideally, you should purchase a SIM card to have access to your maps while you’re exploring the surroundings.
- Read as much as possible before you go
Before embarking on your Swiss adventure, make sure you know as much as possible regarding the area you’ll explore. In addition, by doing so, you avoid missing some of the most remarkable sights that shouldn’t miss your focus.
- Ask a local
If you reckon you’re lost, you can ask a local for directions, since the Swiss are friendly and eager to help. Hence, you shouldn’t feel resistant to doing so. It’s a good practice to learn how to ask for directions, in the case in which you don’t get across someone who talks English. However, the greater majority locals speak excellent English. It might be a good idea having a business card of your accommodation, in worst case scenario you forget the name of the hotel, or you mispronounce it.
- Stay calm
If you do get lost, it’s quintessential to remain calm and avoid panicking. That will only make matters worse, believe me. Not to mention that having a lost, bewildered appearance makes you the ideal target for scam artists and pickpockets.
- Select your private Zurich airport transfer attentively
If your sense of direction is not the best, and you have a record for getting lost, perhaps it would be best to book your Zurich airport transfer before your arrival. A driver will greet you at the exact hour of your arrival, and he/she will assist you to your accommodation. Hence, you benefit from a safe and prompt drive, and you needn’t worry about confusing the trains, or buses, etc. Plus, if you’re a savvy traveler and pre-book your transfer, you can benefit from discounts. In addition, such private services have flexible cancellation policies, meaning that you needn’t have to worry about a thing in the case in which your traveling plans change.