If you have never visited Montreal, I hope you plan to very soon because it has a wide array of choices for food, amazing coffee shops, and entertainment. The plan was to go on a coffee shop tour, right after my husband left to go back home (I was staying a few extra days), but luckily his flight was cancelled and he got to stay 3 more days so we were able to enjoy the city together for longer.
When planing a date day in a city we are traveling to, here are some of the elements we consider that can help you get the most out of it:
Plan a tentative schedule and itinerary
It is good to plan a flexible schedule. You don't want to make it rigid and stressful but more like a guideline that will help you stay on track in case you run out of ideas. For example, plan to go to the places that close earlier first with your meals based on your eating preferences and leave for later the things that have a more flexible schedule. It is also good to plan your transportation (check the weather ahead of time) in addition to how you will procure cash in the correct currency, and finally an average of how much you want to spend There's nothing more annoying than losing part of your day meant for fun on planning how to actually get to the fun.
Note: Allow room for spontaneity, after all, you are doing this to have fun and to make memories.
Carry only what is necessary
In my bag I usually carry (for summer or fall outings) a small bottle of water, a snack, my iphone, my DSL camera, a lip balm, small tube of sunblock that doubles as a hand cream, cash, a pair of flip-flops or cute flats and something to layer like a lightweight kimono. I also wear comfortable shoes but if they ever get uncomfortable for some reason I use my change of shoes.
Note: I usually share my load with my companion. I usually let them carry the camera and an umbrella. Is that bad? I love having those things but hate carrying them!
Be present and enjoy it
Use your phone for limited times or periods and don't focus so much on capturing memories to post on social media that you forget to live out the memories. My husband and I, along with other friends have truly made wonderful memories by exploring new places together. It brings us closer because we are making memories that we can share forever.
Some things will not turn out the way you planned but at the end of the day choose what is truly important.
When visiting a new city or a new restaurant we often check online reviews. Before my visit to a new city I usually put it out there that I will be in a certain city in case people have suggestions. We also check our TripAdvisor App for some reviews and even suggestions. When I went back home I started following a hashtag on Instagram that actually led me to discover many beautiful coffee shops that had opened since I left. The hashtag is #montrealcafecrawl.
We loved visiting this cafe whose owner is also the designer of this beautiful space. You can clearly see that they're an artist. I ordered the brew of the day which is available in a full cup or half a cup. They also have a light lunch menu that I did not get to try and a small dedicated area to sell coffee related equipment and some art. I bought these prints there.
Where do you plan to go next? Do you have any suggestions on plan it more efficiently and make it even more enjoyable? Do tell in the comment section below!!! Also, next week we have a special guest post by author and blogger Amanda from Heartbeet Kitchen. Can't wait!!!