Two Tips for Tourists Who Want to Explore a New City Alone After Dark
If you'll be arriving in a new city after dark and would like to find some way to entertain yourself during your first evening in this place, the advice here could come in handy.
Look for local things to do that are within easy reach of your accommodations
In these circumstances, you should search for things to do in the local area that are near your accommodations. There are a couple of practical reasons why it's sensible to do this. First and foremost, it can be harder to get your bearings in a new location when it's dark outside. As such, if you go too far afield during your first night out in this new city, there is a chance that you may get lost. Whilst this would not be too bothersome if you were accompanied by a few friends, it could be both upsetting and potentially risky if you experience it on your own. By choosing sources of entertainment that are a quick walk away from where you're staying, you can focus on enjoying the activities you choose to do, instead of fixating on whether or not you'll be able to safely find your way back at the end of the night.
Secondly, whilst you might start out the evening alone, you might make some friends whilst doing one of your chosen activities. If, for example, you meet some people at a local pub and they invite you to go do another activity that requires a change of outfit (for example, if they invite you to go to a fancy nightclub that has a strict dress code), you can quickly return to where you are staying, change your clothes and head back out. If your accommodations were farther away, you might end up missing out on this chance to have a fun adventure with some new friends.
Opt for entertainment that you will feel comfortable enjoying by yourself
Whilst as mentioned above, you could end up befriending some strangers whilst seeking out entertainment in the local area, you won't be able to predict if this will happen. As such, it's best to pick some type of evening entertainment that you can easily enjoy by yourself. This will ensure that even if you do spend the entire night alone, you will still have a good time.
For instance, whilst there are some activities that are meant to be shared (like a meal at a romantic restaurant), there are plenty that can be fun to experience alone. Some examples of these include a trip to a local comedy club, drinking a locally brewed beer at a cosy, quiet pub or going to watch a live band play in a bar.
To learn about local things to do, check out resources like Hangout Kenya.