You often hear people telling others to “travel like a local” and search for “local experiences” while visiting some destination. But while this is an excellent piece of advice, they often fail to follow it up with ways to do it. This is why we decided to step in and provide some simple tips that will help you experience any travel destination like a local. Check them out below.
Avoid Hotels and Hostels
If you book your stay in a hotel or a hostel, you will be surrounded by other tourists. This is why you should look to book through Airbnb or find a host on Couchsurfing. This way, you will be part of the local community while having someone knowledgeable to ask for recommendations or advice.
Be Your Own Tour Guide
Hopping on a tour bus or having a tour guide is helpful if you want to meet the “touristy” side of the place you are visiting. However, if you’re going to experience it as a local, you will need to be your own tour guide. Do your own research on the internet and then visit the points of interest on foot.
Exploring local markets will give you a great insight into the everyday activities of the community. It will also give you a chance to explore local products, meet new people, and try out local food.
Use Public Transportation
Using public transportation is the best way to feel the pulse of the place you are in. You’ll see the locals at both their best and worse while every trip can result in a unique experience or an unexpected adventure.