Explore your Destination like a Local

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You have decided where you want to go on vacation, but now you are faced with the logistics. Where will you stay? How will you get from place to place? What is the food going to be like? Are there traditions to observe? These are questions faced by all travelers. Lucky for you, we have answers. We are going to highlight some of the ways you can avoid traveling like a tourist and instead exploring your destination like a local.

Ditch the Hostel

Europe is one of the most popular backpacking/solo travel destinations, especially for young adults. While hostels tend to be cost effective, décor and amenities are often kept to a minimum as a result leaving little room for cultural immersion. Hotels, namely those in popular tourist areas, tend to be overcrowded or westernized to appeal to a larger audience. Staying with a local host or in a less touristy area is easier now than ever before. Book an 
Airbnb and use your host’s local knowledge as a resource on where to go and what to do.

Return that Guidebook

If you are wondering where to go or what to do while on vacation, you might consider getting a travel guidebook. However, in the digital age, there is almost too much information when it comes time to decide. Most guidebooks, travel
websites, and blogs are going to direct you to the same places – the popular
landmarks, museums, theaters, etc. To avoid these tourist hubs, do your
research elsewhere. If you are staying with a local host, ask them about their
favorite park or neighborhood. Riding in a taxi through Paris? Ask the driver
for a dinner recommendation or where to go for dessert. Relying on the locals
as a resource can help improve your vacation.

Eat, Drink, and Explore

One of the best parts of any vacation is the opportunity to experience new cuisine. It is important to keep an open mind when traveling when it comes to food and drink. It might allow you to discover something new! Tourists tend to stick with what they know and stay in larger, populated cities and towns. By doing so,
incredible restaurants and cafes, such as the 
Takis Bakery in Athens, Greece, or Fratelli Mori in Rome, Italy, are overlooked. Take a walk through the neighborhood to
find that hidden bakery or the family owned produce stand and
experience the local culture up close and personal.

Traveling allows you to explore the culture of others. There is much to consider when it comes to deciding where to go and how to get there. If you are looking for an elevated and more intimate vacation, immersing yourself in local culture can make a notable difference. Escape the long lines and overcrowded landmarks and explore your next destination like a local!

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