The Best of Boston: 10 Essential Experiences

Public Parks

In a whirlwind trip to the city, it doesn’t hurt to slow down in one of its parks. Boston Public Gardens is home to a gorgeous lake, and in the summer you can ride one of the famous swan boats around the water. This garden is also featured in the popular children’s book Make Way for the Ducklings. There’s even a little gold statue of the main characters around the back end!

There are numerous other green places to hang out, including Boston Commons and Boston Wharf. Many of these have coveted swings (you’ll probably have to wait for a turn!), and all of them will have adorable puppies. So grab a cold drink and rest your feet while you enjoy some good old-fashioned people watching.

Alyssa Hollingsworth / Own Work

Alyssa Hollingsworth / Own Work

Boston Library

Arguably one of the most ornate libraries in the United States, this place is well worth the visit just so you can gawk. The marble architecture, painted murals, and iconic reading rooms will challenge the idea that libraries can only be musty windowless carpet-caves.

To fully appreciate the library, I recommend catching one of the scheduled tours. Check the times on the website. If you can’t make one of the normal tours work for you, definitely take a look at their self-guided tour. You’ll appreciate the art and architecture more if you know what you’re looking at, trust me!

Alyssa Hollingsworth / Own Work

Alyssa Hollingsworth / Own Work

Italian at North End

The North End is famous for its Italian population, and for its amazing restaurants. You can find some of the best pizza, pasta, and pastries in this neighborhood. There are hundreds of guides about where to eat on the internet, but I’ll add to the noise: I thoroughly enjoyed Benevento’s and Mike’s Pastry.

If you’ll be eating dinner in this area, it’s a good idea to reserve a table ahead of time. Things get pretty crowded in the evening, especially at the more popular restaurants!



How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

This Is the Fastest Way to Get through Customs

No one enjoys lines, and custom lines are some of the worst. The hundreds of confused flyers with paperwork in hand is daunting, but what if I told you that you can bypass that line for free – without paying for Global Entry? Whether you travel internationally 30 times a year or once a year, you’ll love the app. The Mobile Passport Control app speeds up the process of filling out and processing your U.S. immigration paperwork. This little-known app gets you your own line, away from the crowds, and lets you get to baggage claim that much quicker – likely before your baggage!

14 Ways to Spot a Frequent Traveler

The moment someone goes on their first trip and gets a taste of freedom and adventure, everything changes. They yearn for more travel, and the more they do it, the more experienced they become. It eventually gets to a point where travel is part of their lives, and it pretty much influences every decision they make. Even though you can find many different types of travelers and styles of traveling, there are some characteristics all frequent travelers share.