One of my favorite ways to see a city on foot is to take what I’ve lovingly coined a “run-walk.”
I’m a fan of running, and it’s nice to see new places and things in a city while also getting exercise. However, a lot of times when I’m just running, I don’t stop and really appreciate the scenery, nor do I take my touristy photos on the way. But when I’m solely walking, I don’t usually get as far, nor do I get the extra exercise I can get while on a run.
I used to have a travel blog called You Somewhere Else where I wrote about travel tips as well as run walks and other fun and possibly useful travel habits. I’d photo blogged about my Seattle run walk before, and now I’ll share my Downtown LA one.
What’s great about a run walk is when something interesting comes up, you can stop running, and simply walk and take photos.
Run-walks are usually longer than your run, but way shorter than a walk, because you can cover more ground faster. You can also run right past the boring spots. You’re allowed to stop whenever you want and take as much time as you like.
You can take pictures of bizarre things that strike you.
Or scary things that make you want to go the other way.
Or funny things.
Things that kind of remind you of home.
Things that seem to come out of nowhere.
Touristy things that are still cool to you.
Things that are happy but sad at the same time.
And beautiful things you may never have noticed.
No matter what you choose to photograph and explore, I highly suggest run-walks in new cities, at least one time. They’re a laid back yet energized way to open your eyes to new sites. Enjoy the journey!