Traveling is all about letting go of the “norm”, pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zones. Visiting new destinations is one thing but actually soaking up the culture and making the most of your time there is a completely different thing entirely. If you want to really embrace the new world you’ve found yourself in, then you need to learn how to travel like a local. It’s time to step away from the guidebook, put down that burger and fries and jump headfirst into some of the best traveling adventures. Read on and discover how you can travel like a local.
But wait, before you go off on your adventure – have you sorted your medical travel insurance? Before you step on that plane, make sure you have a policy in place. You never know when you might need it.
Ok… back to the guide…
Rethink Your Accommodation
Mot travelers are advised to stay in certain areas or “safe zones” when they land in a particular country. These areas are designed with foreigners in mind. You shouldn’t be surprised to find they are full of bars, English-speaking restaurants, and crammed full with other travelers who are there for a good time. However, with all the travelers in one place, you’re just as likely to be scammed and pick-pocketed here as you are anywhere else.
I suggest you do a little research and find out if there are any “no go” areas at your destination and then search for somewhere a little more authentic to stay. You could stay with locals in a small B&B, in a room above a shop, or an apartment share. Staying with locals means that they’ll be more than happy to advise you on where the best, authentic places to eat are and the secret spots you can’t miss. Even if they are off the beaten path.
Don’t Be Afraid To Try The Food!
Yes, fish eyes on a stick might sound a little too far out of your comfort zone, but if you want an authentic experience then you need to embrace it - even if it makes you squirm a little bit. You’ll probably find that local cuisine is full of flavor and much cheaper than anything you can pick up in a western supermarket. Even if you do hate it, you’ll have a great story to tell and pictures to upload onto your insta story.
Doing research here is crucial to make sure you’re not putting yourself in danger. Just make sure what you’re doing is safe and you have a helmet/seatbelt etc. Getting around a new place alone might seem a little daunting, but once you’ve been on the back of a motorbike or tuk-tuk and had the local children smiling and following you as you head off on your adventure, you’ll take it in your stride.
Most locals can spot a visitor a mile off, but if you want to live local then why not give the dress code a try? Hit the local markets and see what you can find that’s comfortable and stylish. The vendors will be more than happy to help you.
Even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a travel guide along with you. Here are some of the best travel guides I recommend...
One of the most common questions I get: What is the best camera for travel photography? I personally love my Nikon D5600. I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens (for Nikon) which I am genuinely obsessed with.
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