I’ve always been a massive fan of travelling and I’ve been blessed to visit some truly amazing places. I thought I’d share some of my best tips on how you can live life like a local and really delve into the culture, people and history of the places you’re travelling.
The Right Accommodation
I’ve always felt more at home in an Air BnB than in a hotel. Although in certain places Air BnB is looked down upon as it can impact renting prices in certain areas and neighbours might not necessarily be happy with living in a house that has ins and outs of strangers. But Air BnB has massive perks, firstly it’s typically cheaper than hotels, the Wi-Fi is always good and never restricted to a hotel lobby, and thirdly; living in someone elses home really does make you feel at home in another country. One of my favourite Air BnB’s I’ve stayed in is this modern gem in Milan.
Try some Cooking Classes
Now, I don’t want to say food is the reason why I travel. But it certainly is a highlight of visiting certain places. Whenever I travel somewhere new I love looking up the best (and cheapest) places to grab some authentic food. One thing I love doing is taking a cooking class – pasta making in Sorrento, anyone? As well as funding your local foodies, you’re gaining a skill AND you get to eat. I think they call that a – WIN WIN WIN situation.
Going Off the Beaten Track
Without sounding like a ‘Gap Year’ kid (I totally do regret not doing a gap year) going off the beaten track and doing activities that aren’t marketed to tourists can give you a bit of a buzz. My other half Jay loves this Facebook page called Atlas Obscura because it informs you all about remote places in the world and things you can do and see that aren’t publicised very well. Definitely worth a quick like.
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Learn a bit of the language
British people do not have the best reputation when visiting other countries. Think Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents and the like. But this is one point that I think really wins you brownie points amongst the locals. Most people really appreciate the fact that you try to understand and speak their native tongue. Even if it’s only to order coffee, say thank you, or check in. Something you can learn with the help of sites like languagetrainers.co.uk
Make Some Friends
It’s hard enough to make friends in your own country as an adult, never mind in a foreign one. But making friends who are local to where you’re staying is an absolute godsend. Not only do you have another friend to add to your repertoire but they’ll give you great advice on exploring somewhere that you might not necessarily find information on online. Failing that, ask around your pre-existing friends if they have any advice on things to do, places to go and restaurants to eat at where you’re visiting.
Rent Some Transport
The amount of places I never would have seen if I didn’t rent a motorbike or quad bike in certain countries is endless. There’s only so many places you can book tours for or reach on foot. In renting a cheap vehicle you’re in complete control of your day, you reach places that other tourists can’t and it’s amazing riding the roads in some countries (Koh Samui, Thailand was particularly terrifying though!)
Do you have any trip advice to add to this list? Where are you off to next?