How to Have the Best Urban Vacations Possible?

Every person has a differing set of opinions and choices, more so when it comes to the kind of vacation they wish to go on. The simple truth of the matter is that there are very few destinations which can satisfy all the requirements of different types of tourists. Some prefer to go far up into the mountains, others like to go cave diving. Some people like lazy relaxing beach trips, while others want to take part in as many adventure sports as they can. However, there are certain individuals who prefer the thrill of staying in a different city and experiencing a whole different way of living than their own. Urban tourist destinations have a lot to offer to people who visit these locations but like any other vacations, there are a few things which travelers must keep in mind whenever they are heading to the urban tourist hotspot of their choice.

Like every city, an urban vacation destination is a melting pot of a lot of different cultures, with people from different parts of the country and maybe even the world coming together to live, forming a unique permutation of influences on all the activities which go on in the city. However, there might be times wherein such a large collection of people might be at disagreement with something. Staying up-to-date on the news regarding all current affairs of the vacation destination they want to check out is mandatory, especially in times of social as well as political turbulence. There is no point visiting a destination known for all the options available vis-à-vis shopping, only to find out that some civil unrest has resulted in a curfew or a mandatory shutdown of all places of business in that city.

The next step is to check the crime statistics of the city. Although prevalent pretty much everywhere, some urban vacation destinations have a particularly high rate of crime, especially towards tourists. Travelling to these cities without adequate preparation in place might put the traveler, or the people they are with, in some serious jeopardy. Statistics are easily available on the internet. Having a contact currently living in the city of choice or someone who frequently visits the said place should be able to give people a fair amount of insight into what dynamics they need to observe in their new environment.

Planning and making bookings in advance can greatly reduce the costs incurred in this journey and can often help travelers minimize the time they spend thinking about what to do and maximize the amount of time, as well as money which they have saved to enjoy the kind of vacation they wanted. Many airlines offer extremely low fares on bookings made a few months in advance. Travelling by train is a great way for people to travel together extremely economically, especially if they are not constrained by time. Information regarding almost every urban vacation destination is easily accessible on the internet. Checking out reviews and blogs as well as posts on social media should give prospective vacationers a great deal of insight on what to expect from their urban vacation.

Visiting the Urban Side of Malaysia

Visiting a different country is a challenge for many people. Why? This is because of the new people they meet, new language they hear, new food they eat and a new culture they see. When you are situated in a place that is the total opposite from where you are, you would be culture shocked and questions will be popping in your mind. It is very undeniable that we experience this. We could not blame that in life we are used to our usual routines and practices. But still despite the challenge you meet when you go for a long travel, you would still continue because it is your goal and there is a purpose for your travel.

From West to East

People from the US or UK go on a vacation to countries in Asia in order to explore the bountiful tropical beaches and places. Some would come to explore mountains and go on a wildlife adventure. A few would also want to visit unique places or spots that they don’t see from where they come from. One country that is usually visited by a lot of people is Malaysia. This country boasts a high class tourism, ranging from endless beaches, temples, various cuisines, showcase of talents and a wide array of entertaining views. Most people come here to visit Kuala Lumpur and some temples here and there. However, some people who really explore the country goes beyond the main city and jump off to another urban place called Johor Bahru.

Welcome to Johor Bahru!

One of the best cities in Malaysia is located in the southern part of the country near the Eurasian mainland. This city holds the royal village called Pasir Pelangi. This city is also a gateway between Malaysia and Singapore. It is also the second largest city in the country and is also a very attractive urban place. This city is Johor Bahru. It’s beauty is well focused during the night when lights from all over the city is lit. When you look at the city in aerial view, you would see how colorful and lighted it is. Aside from that this city also house some of the best attractions in the country. Those include Sultan Abu Bakar Museum, Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, etc. This place is ideal for travelers looking to have fun and who wants to enjoy a thrift buy.

There is still more to explore within the city. Some attractions are yet to be discovered by you. If you would like to see more you can always do a little research before getting here. What’s even better is that the city is accessible and has a lot of hotels and accommodations ready for visitors like you. Always remember, you can go beyond the normal tradition of visiting temples, instead you go ahead and have fun on the urban side of Malaysia.

Urban Wayfinding and Signage

Cities are a complex entity covering large areas. As they are built based on demands for space and accessibility, even areas deemed suburban will have a noticeable vertical dimension which must also be considered. The immediate result of this is of course that pedestrian views are restricted – in fact in many cases a view does not extend far beyond an individual entity’s personal space at all. Most distant features are obscured when looking at ground level, and the upper levels of buildings can only be seen if they happen to arise beyond the more immediate skyline. This means that information on the environment is very restricted when travelling, reducing visibility to the road directly ahead, views down intersecting routes and views of distant tall features which may be natural or man made.

Navigating in such circumstances can be tricky. Laying out a fixed route between origin and destination (and then successfully following that route) becomes more complicated when it is based almost purely on secondary points of reference. However a sensible and coherent system of urban signage, which makes points of reference clear and provides necessary information on both mass and individual transport networks available, can in theory remove the need to see what is normally obscured in an urban landscape setting.

In practice, however, urban visitors often do not have a well-planned route which they can follow. Verbal descriptions or rough sketches of directions are not adequate for travel planning, and thus the more dynamic art of wayfinding comes into play. Wayfinding does not require fixed routes or specific choice points but can be influenced by a variety of strategies including well-designed urban signage solutions.

In a varying, three-dimensional city environment, navigation is utilised by public mass transport and selected business traffic (for example postal delivery). When using public transport, however, travellers tend to leave most of the navigation to the provider of the transit system, meaning that between the pickup and dropoff points the city effectively becomes a “black hole” which would in retrospect be entirely impervious to attempts to navigate later on foot unless there is a comprehensive signage solution in place.

Urban wayfinding, then, occurs as individuals attempt to make their way through city structure, usually on foot. This can be a challenging activity both mentally and physically, as the destination is rarely visible from the point of origin, high buildings restrict the availability of viewing points and many idiosyncratic factors such as roadworks, security measures and one-way streets add to the challenge of getting anywhere at all. Generally this only occurs when people move off the “beaten track” to seek out new locations or services, or seek alternative routes when the primary and familiar commute is shut down or diverted for some reason.

Most people will engage in a form of wayfinding known as questing, which means seeking out particular new destinations based on symbols on a map or verbal directions. The problem with this is that it relies on an unbroken series of easy-to-find landmarks which are simple to identify correctly, as many buildings and areas are very similar in appearance and the proper names of streets are rarely very memorable. This is where the techniques of urban signage to assist the wayfinding process come in, and a whole new set of challenges emerge for the urban planner in terms of creating well designed, resilient and tamper-proof signs which will assist travellers in locating their destination in the often-daunting urban landscape.